Junk (2000)

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7/10
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(Note: This review was originally written a year before the Resident Evil movie was released)

This has to be one of the better zombie films I've seen recently. It has lots of John Woo-style action and loads of zombies. The film starts off with three thieves robbing a jewelry store. They make away with a billion yen worth of jewelry and have to meet up with their contact at some old military facility. The rest is pretty much already known - One of them ends up getting bit by a zombie and a bunch more zombies rise and so on. The flick has lots of excellent action and guns and a bunch of zombie killing. You can see a little Night of the Living Dead influence here and there, but the movie really reminded me of the game Resident Evil, from the military facility down to a zombie boss; very cool.

The zombies in this movie are slow and predictable, except one main zombie - the dead wife of one of the scientists who worked on the government project to raise the dead. Apparently the scientist couldn't handle his wife being dead so he created a formula to make the dead rise and used it on his wife. She's different from the other zombies because she was the first to get the formula and she is able to think freely and seems to have super-human strength to boot. It's just so much like RE and me being a fan of the game is what made me really enjoy this movie. The effects were average and there was a lot of gore, since we see zombies munchin' on human intestines a lot.

I was hoping to see the zombies escape the facility and go into a local town or something, but no such luck. It was interesting to see some English in the movie because lots of Japanese films I've seen naturally have no English. Just be sure you can read fast because it's subtitled. I think if you're a fan of the Resident Evil games, like I am, you're certainly enjoy this movie. I would have given the movie a higher rating, but I was disappointed that it only took place in the facility and nowhere else. Other than that the movie is good.

One of the better zombie films I've seen recently. Those Japanese people really know how to make a good horror film. If you're a fan of cheesy fun zombie flicks then give this a check.
OVERALL: 
One of the better zombie films I've seen recently. Those Japanese people really know how to make a good horror film. If you're a fan of the Resident Evil series, you'll love this movie.