Scouts Guide To The Zombie Apocalypse
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Scouts Guide To The Zombie Apocalypse

Whenever the venues of entertainment become a particular overcrowded genre, it is inevitable that satires begin to appear. With the public for current fascination for zombies, it was inevitable that an increasing number of horror/comedies would be devoted to the theme of the ambling undead. The touchstone for success in this type of film was reached relatively early in 2004 ‘Shaun of the Dead’ that for a combination of exceptionally talented people with extensive resumes in the comedic arts. One of the latest offerings which are the consideration here, ‘Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse’, makes an honest attempt at reaching his potential but succumbs to some technical missteps as well as the inevitable comparisons to other films of this ilk that were far better crafted and executed. Even with subtracting some points for technicalities he does remain entertaining albeit in a puerile sense. That is not meant as a derogatory comment. Occasionally you can use a film that requires us to distance ourselves from our adult responsibilities regress to the kind of humor enjoyed in grade school. Considering this is an R-rated comedy that is centered on a group of high school boys still in the scouts is only reasonable for the filmmakers to expect to go into this experience expecting a quality of humor closer to silliness than pithy. Discussing the form of a few people noticed that those who have most disparaging comments are the ones who seem to have anticipated an unrealistic degree of sophistication. The power happens to be well chosen for its accuracy as a concise synopsis of what is to come. It may not be fair to judge a book by its cover boy thrown by its poster in this instance it is prudent to pay attention to the title.

In what seems to be the majority of cases with the filmmaker's attempt to achieve some form synergy by juxtaposing several major themes. As it happens this movie is an exception is for some reason combining a coming-of-age story; zombie apocalypse works much better than simpler synopsis would imply. Ben Goudy (Tye Sheridan), Augie Foster (Joey Morgan) and Carter Grant (Logan Miller), are sophomores in high school and is still into scouting. They are attempting to attract new members to join new troop which appears to be wrought with insurmountable obstacles. The adults in charge of the scout pack are Scout Leader Rogers (David Koechner), is as committed to his function is guided role model as he possibly can be without crossing that line into the realm of creepiness. A Large part of why this works out is the choice of casting space David Koechner in it. Koechner has a lengthy career playing characters that are usually unlikable eminently relatable.

Augie is still keen on remaining in the scouts although Ben and Carter have found that their enthusiasm has waned considerably. Carter has been going along with it as not to disappoint Augie especially now that he’s about to earn the crowning achievement of scouting, The Condor Badge. The discussion of the will to remain in the scouts or not, cut short when they strike a deer. Frantic about what to do the reach out to Carter’s sister, Kendall (Halston Sage) and her friends, Chloe (Niki Koss) and Amber (Elle Evans). Ben has always had a crush on Kendall which was a major contributing factor is an interest diverted from scouting. Kendall invites them to a Secret Seniors Party are given the address to meet them there. During their side trip to obtain alcohol to bring the party the crossed paths with Denise Russo (Sarah Dumont), who works as a waitress in a local strip club. Ben manages to hit it off with Denise, and she agrees to buy the alcohol for the party. At this point, some strange occurrences between becoming noticeable. Soon after they killed the deer went missing, and now Scout Leader Rogers is nowhere to be found. With all this going on the boys to decide to take a nap source to be refreshed for the late-night party they’ve been invited. When they wake up, they drove into town and noticed that the bouncer is no longer in front of the strip club. Deciding to sneak in for peak the boys are immediately attacked by the bouncer and a stripper now both zombies. The panic they head off to the scout leaders home only to find that he also has been turned into one of the undead.

A requisite plot device is that our hapless protagonist is finding themselves trapped in an ever-degenerating situation. The go to the address that Kendall gave them from the party only to find out it’s fake. Worse than that, the town has been evacuated, so they decided to travel along the road hoping to catch up to them. They come across a member of the National Guard, Corporal Reeves (Hiram A. Murray), who tries to help them out. In short order, it turns out that the corporal also has become a zombie, which is standard for this type of movie. Any potential source of help becomes one of the creatures bolstering the enemy ranks. The very popular plot contrivance of the ticking clock implemented when they hear that the town is about to be bombed to cleanse the infection. What appears to be a request is inserted this point as Carter remembers his sister’s diary has the party information in it and goes off to get it. Only you know the movie where the main characters of repressed teenage boys finding their way to a teenage girl’s party be more important than avoiding a growing zombie horde. This is exactly what I meant before that you have to be able to shut down the higher reasoning portions of your brain that you developed while becoming an adult to appreciate best the type of humor contained in this movie.

Before the final credits roll your few other affectations of silliness that need to be shown such as dirt bikes and a trampoline. The increase in the number of zombies grows steadily until our intrepid scouts are nearly engulfed by the connoisseurs for cerebral cuisine. One of the most frequently utilized objectives in an R-rated teen comedy is the party of legendary proportions. The ‘Secret Seniors Party’ ideally provides for every requirement of the destination of the protagonist’s quest and the point of convergence for the concluding melee.

I have personally always held that to be a truly dedicated cinephile a person should be able to understand the plethora of purposes this artistic form of expression can achieve. There are deeply involved didactic documentaries that address social ills, dramas that explore the depths of the human condition and fantasies that transport us to places of pure imagination. There are also silly, juvenile comedies that are rude, crude and socially unacceptable, each variant is necessary to serve the complexities inherent to being human. In other words, while there are times we want a film that is challenging and engrossing there are also occasions we want foolish and gross. This movie fills that niche quite well. When you are weary of the pressures inherent in adulthood, give yourself permission to return to that kid that finds gross humor funny and place this disc in your Blu-ray player.

Posted 01/07/2016            Posted 09/21/2017

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