Movie Review: Fido
Synopsis: Years after the initial zombie apocalypse survivors have managed to put small communities back together, live comfortable lives, and have even learned the trick to taming zombies. Zomcon, the big corporation in charge in this nice new world, has devised a collar for your zombie to wear that will remove his instinct to kill, leaving essentially a big dumb animal.
In a setting much like 50s suburban America a family lives with their pet/servant zombie. Timmy Robinson becomes very close with his zombie, naming him Fido, playing catch with him and taking him out around town. When Fido’s collar gets shutdown and he kills the old lady from next door Timmy has to try and save Fido from getting taken away or killed.
My Opinion: This was a very nontraditional zombie movie, and I thought it did a great job of being true to both the genre and it’s particular angle on the genre. There were many things I loved about this movie. I typically enjoy movies set in a 50s distopian suburban life. The cheesy, yet underhanded, humor can be really great. I Think Fido nailed it on that. I also thought the twist on the “boy and his dog” type story worked really well. It was absurd enough to work. I loved that there was a warmness to the movie, yet a dark and cynical side as well. The characters worked really well and the concept of “trained” zombies worked really well. I loved the neighbor who had a young female zombie by the name of Tammy. I loved that he was kind of a sleezebag but when it came down to it he was there to help Timmy when Timmy was in trouble. No one was really painted as all bad. Even the dad, who was kind of a loser and a jerk had some redeeming moments.
For something funny and different Fido is definitely worth checking out.
Zombie Rules Broken:
- zombies can perform tasks (such as delivering milk, pushing shopping carts, etc.)
- zombies can feel emotion (Fido did not eat Timmy or Timmy’s mom when his collar was off)
4 out of 5 Brains: worth fighting the horde over
Fido at amazon.com