Title – Zombie Ninjas vs Black Ops (2015)
Director – Rody Claude (Deadtime)
Cast – Adam T Perkins, Korum Ellis, Soa “The Hulk” Palelei, Kira Caine
Plot – When lab work goes wrong, a violent breed of zombie ninjas are unleashed in a research facility and it’s up to one time Black Ops operative Dillion (Perkins) to lead a group of survivors through the infested buildings.
“I’m ready for any situation you can throw at me”
Review by Eddie on 14/10/2015
While its performance’s won’t be studied by aspiring actors and it’s unlikely to feature at next year’s Academy Awards, with a title like Zombie Ninjas vs Black Ops these were never really goals for this low budget privately financed Australian effort and at the end of the day, Rody Claude’s film delivers on its title promise.
Showing aspiring filmmakers that all it takes is some determination and willingness to follow your dreams, Claude and his willing cast and crew have crafted a fun and in many ways original zombie tale that doesn’t rely on endless blood spraying zombie kills or one liners to get it through the hordes of undead and in reality Zombie Ninja’s doesn’t even really have zombies in it, a fact that ear marks it as something more original than many other recent undead movie entries.
The “zombies” here are more like red eyed one man armies, ninjas chopping and fly kicking their way through the unsuspecting contingent of human survivors and it’s here that Claude delivers the films best scenes.
The action that takes place through Zombie Ninjas; it must be said, this is an action film over a horror film so those wanting to get their scares on will be disappointed, is of the highest order and there’s a frenetic and energetic nature to what takes place when the hits start flying. With the zombie ninja warriors led by UFC fighter Soa ‘The Hulk’ Palelei. Claude and his stunt team really get things moving and it helps overcome the films less proficient elements.
The films script work and acting leaves much to be desired here and while films of this nature aren’t won or lost on this alone, delivery in Zombie Ninjas sometimes remains far too flat to engage and some of the performances here are barely above High School production level. It wouldn’t have taken much for a performer here to take hold of the situation and carry the team but not one of human team nails a home run.
Zombie Ninjas vs Black Ops is a fun and in many ways original Australian production that’s worth tracking down. With the potential for this idea to grow into the future we can only hope that Claude and his team can match their skills behind camera with people’s skill in front of camera and then we’ll be treated to what could well be an Australian cult classic.
3 unfortunate office cleaners out of 5
To continue the Zombie Ninjas saga check out the comic web series here.
Zombie Ninjas vs Black Ops premieres on VOD services the world over tomorrow, Thursday October 15th