The Horde Movie Review

With a set-up that feels like a gritty cop thriller, this movie catches our interest with its energetic style. And even though things get entertainingly crazy, it's a bit of a let-down when the zombies turn up.

Aurore (Perron) is a cop who feels guilty over her affair with a colleague who was killed by a violent gang. So she vows to avenge his death with the help of her partner Jimenez (Recoing) and their colleagues (Martins and Oppenheim). But after a manic encounter with the villains (including Ebouaney, Masta and Prestia), the building is attacked by a mob of the carnivorous undead. So the cops must team up with the thugs and a talkative ex-soldier (Pignot) to survive.

The violence is fast and extremely furious, with hyper-carnage in virtually every scene. And yet the filmmakers keep their tongues firmly in cheek, while never abandoning the back-story. Even as Armageddon breaks loose, Aurore's mission is always present, building dramatic tension between the cops and the gangsters. Past relationships and old vendettas suddenly appear in the midst of each frenzied skirmish. And two brothers even pause to reminisce about how this reminds them of the situation back home in Nigeria.

These things make the film more interesting than it has any right to be, because it's essentially a mindless horror movie that delights in spattering buckets of blood on every wall in sight. The snarling, voracious zombie horde is utterly relentless, and yet sometimes they are dispatched not with a simple gunshot to the head, which seems to work just fine, but with astonishing viciousness due to a surge of emotion.

There's also no end of movie silliness, from big sacrificial moments (there are two) to petty bickering. On the other hand, there are some truly nasty moments, such as the scene in which a few of our gun-toting "heroes" discuss the horrific things they could do to a trapped female zombie. In other words, we never care what happens to any of these rather spiteful people, so the film isn't scary at all. But it's riotously loud and violent, and sometimes that's the kind of escape we need.

Cast & Crew

Director : Yannick Dahan, Benjamin Rocher

Producer : Raphael Rocher

Starring : Claude Perron, Jean-Pierre Martins, , Aurelien Recoing, Doudou Masta, Antoine Oppenheim, , Yves Pignot

Comments

The Horde Rating

" OK "

Rating: 18, 2009

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