A virus turning people into zombies has decimated the human race across the globe but in the U.S. Midwest a small group of people have survived. Struggling desperately to make it to the California coast, where they believe sanctuary exists, the group is dogged by zombies with their every move.
Ving Rhames (Henry), Taryn Manning (Ramona), Johnny Pacar (Julien), Gary Weeks (Mack), Lesley-Ann Brandt (Cassie), Eddie Steeples (Billy), Lilan Bowden (Myrah), Gerald Webb (Kevin), Anya Monzikova (Sara).
2012: Zombie Apocalypse starts by pounding us with details about how the zombie virus has devastated the world. From there we are thrown into the plot with a small group of survivors that is surprisingly good at killing zombies. The plot isn’t explained well but it really doesn’t matter much, it is about the zombies. Being an Asylum production you can’t expect much from this one but being from Asylum it is surprisingly well done. The film finally winds down to a somewhat corny ending which is typical from Asylum, but the zombie tiger was actually pretty cool.
Acting was decent considering this was an Asylum picture. Rhames delivered his usual without adding anything extra. Manning was her usual. Brandt was a nice addition and despite her role, did pretty good. The remainder of the supporting cast was lukewarm.
Camera work, sets, and backgrounds leave a lot to be desired as is usual from Asylum. Sets are natural with a fair amount of dressing to create a setting. Effects are both physical and CGI and again, both are somewhat lacking. CGI is obviously fake with very few scenes looking realistic. Dialogue was mediocre and didn’t explain the plot or storyline well, along with some corny lines. Sound was decent while soundtrack was typical asylum canned fodder.
Overall 2012: Zombie Apocalypse is a decent entry level zombie flick that doesn’t obsess on depth or involve excessive gore. Call this one “zombie light”. Serious genre fans will likely enjoy it a bit while those looking for high quality will be somewhat disappointed.
With some mild foul language, violence, gore, and zombies this should be fine for older teens and above.