After a global zombie war, the living dead are confined to a luxury island resort and hunted by tourists on safari — until the security system fails.

Year: 2016
Certificate: 15
Director: Steve Barker
Starring: Dougray Scott, Martin McCann, Jessica De Gouw

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I chose the film for this week’s review when I saw how much love it received on social media making it into the top 5 of New On Netflix’s what’s popular page. I was hoping that this meant that “Rezort” was another of the hidden gems that Netflix so often gets. But did it live up to my expectations…?

Before we go any further let me just say one thing: if you are looking for a film which in any way resembles Fox’s “The Walking Dead” this will not be what you are looking for. However if you’re a fan of “Black Mirror” then this definitely something which you’ll enjoy.

“Rezort” is a British zombie film, set 10 years after a zombie apocalypse which is referred to as ‘The Pandemic’. The human race has survived, the only remaining zombies are contained on an island, but the scars of the past still remain. Rezort is the home of the new craze ‘Zafari’ – think safari with zombies.  At the start of the film we meet Melanie (Jessica De Gouw) and her husband Lewis (Martin McCann) – Melanie has been attending a support group for survivors where it is suggested that going on a zafari at ‘Rezort’ might help her overcome the scars of the zombie war.  We next see Melanie and Lewis on their way to the island and  it is now that we meet the other tourists on the trip Archer (Dougray Scott), a former zombie hunter, Sadie whose fiance left her at the altar and computer game enthusiast teenagers Jack and Alfie.  After meeting their guide, Nevins, the guests leave the resort to hunt zombies. The first group of zombies are restrained in place and easily killed. The second group roam freely, and the guests snipe at them from a safe distance. Despite Lewis’ urging, Melanie can not bring herself to shoot one. Archer surprises the others by scoring many rapid head shots, explaining that he has come to the resort because killing zombies is the only thing he was ever good at. Nevins leads them to a safe spot, and they camp for the night. When they can not sleep, Melanie and Sadie discuss the ethics of killing zombies for sport, and Sadie says she believes it leads to a decreased inhibition to harm the living.

Rezort is a very slow film with not much action, in fact the only action really happens in the last 20 minutes, when there is a nice twist in the storyline. As a viewer I didn’t feel any real connection with any of the characters as there was no depth to any of them and there isn’t much if anything in the way of character development.  It never really feels like the characters are in any real danger even when the security systems break down, and when members of the group do get into danger I didn’t feel any emotion towards it at all.  Whilst some of the acting is brilliant, most of it leaves a lot to be desired. Having said all that ‘Rezort’ was an enjoyable film to watch so if you’re looking for a film that seemingly doesn’t take itself too seriously but at the same time isn’t completely ridiculous then you should watch it.

Have you seen this film? Let us know your opinions in the comments below and of course if there are any films on Netflix UK you want us to review let us know!

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