Wednesday, October 25, 2017
The Rezort (2015) 1h 33m
When working with a fuse one should give themselves enough time to get to a safe spot after lighting it. Sometimes someone fucks up and it blows up in their face. Sometimes it takes too long and becomes more trouble than it's worth. Then there are times where it takes just a moment too long and lures you into that sense of security...
If The Rezort were a mixed drink, you would take one part Jurassic Park, one part The Most Dangerous Game, and blend it all with a large amount of the Dead Island video game series. After an almost apocalyptic viral outbreak caused the living to fight the dead, an island exists with the last remaining infected on it. Vacationers can come to The Rezort to have a controlled zombie hunting experience and work out whatever fantasy or internal anguish they might carry. You probably have a good idea what happens in this film.
I mentioned that false sense of security previously because this film has that slow burn that takes you to the point where one can assume exactly how the rest of this movie is going to play out. Instead though, when it blows up, there's a pause and you find out that there were some fireworks mixed in with that explosion. It leads to some serious "oooo's" and "ahhh's".
The character development is done really well. They don't waste time trying to hide anything about the "surface" people and the characters we want to know more about get teased right until we are given that informational relief. I personally loved that one of the women came to the island to deal with her PTSD from the previous "war." The end of this film delivers some fantastic reveals and creates a couple more questions that I would love to have answered. Just not in a sequel form. Maybe in short film format. I could live with that.
I give The Rezort 2 copies of Dead Island out of 5: