Cole, an ex-mercenary, knows that after an experimental drug turns thousands into zombies finding the one, uninfected woman may be the key to a cure. But when Cole himself becomes infected finding her becomes more than a selfless act to save mankind.
Jaime Murray (Lavinia), Craig Fairbrass (Cole), Danny Dyer (Joe), Shane Taylor (Geoffrey), Sean Pertwee (Rob), MyAnna Buring (Angela), Colin Salmon (Peter), Lisa McAllister (Kate), Craig Conway (Steve), Alistair Petrie (Andy).
Devil’s Playground starts off looking like a borderline B-movie and does a good job of never rising any higher. The zombies are entertaining as they are not only slow, they can climb, jump, and seem to be a bit more intelligent than you would expect. Unfortunately the plot never gels and it almost feels like we have come into the film in the middle at times, with an expectation we should already know the characters and what is going on.
Acting was a nightmare with poor delivery from most everyone. Inexperience ruled the day with Murray and Fairbrass, the most experienced, even feeling like they were bored or lost at times. The remainder of the supporting cast, the zombies, did pretty well and felt quite realistic.
Camera work felt elementary at times, but well done at others. Sets and backgrounds appeared to be real and the film didn’t seem to have much CGI. Effects were fairly well done with nice zombies, action, blood, gore, and violence. Sound and soundtrack were a bit dry and could have added more to the film.
Overall Devil’s Playground is a lower end entry in the zombie genre that had potential it never realized. Die-hard zombie fans will probably enjoy this one while those hoping for more depth and technical quality may be disappointed.
With plenty of violence, gore, foul language, and disturbing images save this for older teens and above.
Devil’s Playground is no longer showing in any Littleton Colorado movie theatres.
Star rating: 2 out of 5
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