Monday, October 18, 2010

Woke Up Dead

***DISCLAIMER*** The following review is entirely my opinion. If you comment (which I encourage you to do) be respectful. If you don't agree with my opinion, that's fine. To each their own. I am just sharing my opinions and perspective. Finally, the reviews are given on a scale of 1-5. 1, of course, being terrible. 2, being not great. 3, being okay. 4, being good and 5, being epic!

Woke Up Dead - 1 out of 5

I soooo badly wanted to like this webseries but it's poor production and bad acting kept this quirky little story about a guy who wakes up and finds out he's a zombie but not understand why from striking a home run--or even a base hit. In fact, this webseries doesn't even make it out of the locker room.

The production value is low and, although it can be distracting when they overuse ghosting effects in their video editor and slow motion, it's not so bad that it totally destroys your viewing experience. The acting, however, takes care of that. Jon Heder (Napoleon Dynamite) stars as Drex, the man who wakes up to find out he's a zombie, and his performance is...passable, at best. While he's not terrible, I have definitely seen him do a better job in other movies. Wayne Knight (Newman from Seinfeld) also has a reoccurring part as a co-worker to Drex and, sadly, doesn't get to shine like he does in other roles. The real pain to deal with is the lifeless performance from Drex's romantic interest and doctor trying to figure out why he is a zombie, played by Krysten Ritter. It almost feels like she is TRYING to be a bad actor. But even worse than Ritter has to be the poor man's Jonah Hill; Josh Gad. This guy tries and fails in every episode to make the same joke work--but it never does. What did Einstien say about insanity? "Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results." Seriously, Josh Gad tries soooo hard to be Jonah Hill it's almost sad and pathetic to watch. He alone does more damage to this webseries than any of all the other problems that plague it combined.

This webseries also redefines what a zombie is--which isn't exactly a bad thing. There's nothing wrong with going against the grain and doing something new with an old genre (unless you make vampires sparkle, than you've committed a crime against nature). However, the only thing that really make Heder a zombie was the lack of a pulse. Strangely, being a zombie gave him superhealing, heightened senses and superstrength. Whiskey Tango Foxtrot?!? He's not a zombie. He's just the stillborn bastard child of The Incredible Hulk and Wolverine.

Like I said at the beginning of this review, I wanted really bad to like this because I am a zombie fanboy but, like most zombie fiction, this webseries falls short of delivering entertainment.

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