Monday, June 10, 2013

Zombie Week: Day 3: Juan of the Dead

Ever wonder what communist cuban zombies would be like?  Well I never did either, but regardless here they are.

This Spanish-Cuban movie was written and directed by Alejandro Brugués. Juan of the Dead (2011), as you may have noticed already, sounds a lot like Shaun of the Dead. Well that's essence it kind of is. Juan and his idiot partner in crime, Lázaro, are much like the british Shaun and Ed, except they're cuban. But both duos are pretty much set in their slacker ways and neither of them are very motivated to turn over a new leaf any time soon.

As Juan and Lázaro conspire with their other associates in local petty crime: Vladi, who just happens to be Lázaros only son, along with La China and El Primo, strange events start to take place. There are increasing amounts of attacks by what the government claims are dissidents and anarchists sent by the U.S. Government. Instead of doing the neighbourly humanitarian thing and help those in need, Juan sees this situation as a business opportunity.

Yup, kill your perished loved ones...for a price. 

What partly made me interested in this movie was the fact that it takes place in Cuba, a place that seems  so closed off ever since the revolution over 50 years ago. Although the comedy in this movie does have political undertones, it doesn't overdo it to the point that someone without any knowledge of Cubas' political status and situation can't enjoy it.

To be honest I didn't know what to expect, but the whole movie was just refreshing to watch. I mean in a genre that people don't dedicate much time to, there are bound to be a shit load of crappy movies, but this one is truly a rare find. The zombies were especially nice, make-up and movements along with the visual effects.
Ok. Maybe they went a little too far. >.>

I really enjoyed the character development in this film because, even though the plot doesn't give out really detailed information about the casts past, it's enough for you to catch a glimpse of who they are and where they've been. Despite not being your typical lovable heroes, they still manage to make you like them to some degree.
They do make a pretty bad ass team.
So, zombies, communists and political jokes all in one movie. My only regret is that we didn't egt to see a zombiefied version of Castro. Besides that, I'd recommend this movie to anyone. It's a great movie that I'd definitely watch again.