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HindustanTimes Fri,01 Aug 2014

Movie review by Rashid Irani: Zombie buffs will love Battle of the Damned

Rashid Irani, Hindustan Times  New Delhi, March 15, 2014
First Published: 02:00 IST(15/3/2014) | Last Updated: 02:12 IST(15/3/2014)

Direction: Christopher Hatton
Actors: Dolph Lundgren, Melanie Zanetti
Rating: ***

Ever since George Romerofs cult classic Night of the Living Dead (1968), bloodthirsty zombies have popped up in Hollywoodfs frankly exploitative horror movies.

Owing as much, if not more to such dystopian frightmares as Re-Animator, The Terminator and 28 Days Later, this horror/action hybrid is surprisingly quite kick-ass. Writer-director Christopher Hattonfs take on the doomsday topic --- watch, it says, the end of the world is here --- is hammered out without any elaborate back stories or twists and turns to the plot which moves at a fast clip.

In an unspecified Southeast Asian country (the film was shot in Malaysia), a deadly virus is unleashed turning thousands of the affected ones into homicidal horrors.

Now, itfs up to a tough-as-nails mercenary (Lundgren) to stave off the horde of zombies.  Cannibalism anyone?

Atmospheric camerawork and lively editing keep the viewerfs interest rooted in the ghoulish goings-on.  It also helps that the acting crew, including the laconic Dolph Lundgren, doesnft seem to take the apocalypse-now business too seriously.

Accorded only a direct-to-video release globally, Battle of the Damned is an ideal matinee for the zombie buffs.

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