By Dave B.
The Rezort (2015, currently on Netflix) takes place 10 years after the outbreak of a zombie virus and the ensuing war against the undead killed over two billion people. Zombies no longer exist anywhere in the world except on one small Pacific island where a company has set up a luxury resort with a $1,000,000,000 security system. At this resort, people from all over the world can rest, relax, and kill as many zombies as they want to. Predictably, through a combination of malice, ineptitude, and naivety the security system is damaged and all hell breaks loose.
Superficially, the basic premise of The Rezort sounds relatively unoriginal as its pretty much Jurassic Park with zombies instead of dinosaurs. However, the plot of The Rezort is actually extremely well thought out, if predictable. If the zombie island were simply a place for tourists and psychopaths, The Rezort would be much less compelling. But it’s made clear from the beginning of the film that the island is also a place for people to deal with the traumas that they suffered during the brutal war against the zombies. This therapeutic aspect to the resort gives the movie more realism, and makes some of the characters easier to empathize with, than any of the movies in the Jurassic Park franchise.
The movie starts a bit slow, but it picks up steam about a third of the way through and considering that it’s only 93 minutes long, the last hour or so passes in a fast-paced, gory, and fun blur. One of my favorite things about The Rezort is that it stars Jessica De Gouw (who also stars in 2017’s Otherlife). She consistently delivers solid performances and in The Rezort she makes her character’s feelings of trauma, betrayal, and indignation feel real. Despite the character archetypes in the film being completely predictable, any movie with De Gouw as a lead is deserving of a chance, in my opinion.
Despite the predictability of the plot, I consider The Rezort to be one of the better "low emotional investment" zombie movies that you could spend your time watching. It’s well-acted, fast-paced, and fun. Plus, its heavy emphasis on healing and facing one's fears is a generally compelling messages that often gets overlooked in movies where its clear that people have suffered greatly from previous and current onscreen events. So if you’re a fan of zombie films, you should definitely check this one out. It’s far from perfect, but I recommend it because it hits the notes that it tries to hit and avoids becoming either a parody of itself or an overly sentimental slog. That’s much better than I was expecting.
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