The Horde
(La Horde)

For those who don't speak French, this is what happens when there's a cheese shortage at Cannes...

The Horde (La Horde)
Made in: France
Language: French
Director: Yannick Dahan and Benjamin Rocher
Starring: Claude Perron, Eriq Ebouaney, Jean-Pierre Martins, Doudou Masta, Yves Pignot, Antoine Oppenheim, Jo Prestia, Aurélien Recoing,
Year: 2010

Synopsis: In a bad neighborhood in Paris, four cops embark on a covert mission of revenge after a fellow officer is killed. The plan is to raid a run-down housing project and simply murder the group of criminals responsible.

But the job goes bad, and the cops find the tables turned against them. And at that moment, a nationwide zombie apocalypse happens to break out. Somehow, most of the other residents in the building have become infected. And before long, the horde of zombies has surrounded the dark building.

With only each other to depend on, the cops and criminals form an uneasy truce as they attempt to fight their way out. As the gruesome night wears on, all of them find their loyalties (both to their friends and enemies), put to the test.

Oh, and along the way they are assisted by a crazy old war veteran named Rene (Yves Pignot), who looks like Benny Hill... only he's French.

The Good: The Horde is a fast-paced, straightforward action thriller with strong characters and actors. The zombie genre is nothing new these days, but this movie goes through the trouble of telling a good story instead of simply trying to cashing in on a trend.

Claude Perron is an interesting choice for one of the central characters. She's more mature than the stereotypical ass-kicking babe, and her flaws make her more in-depth as well.

The directors also use a clever twist in constantly changing our loyalties amongst the protagonists. And as with every zombie movie, we know that not everyone's going to make it in the end. But we can only guess as to who's actually going to survive.

The characters are well-developed, and some of the fight sequences are quite creative despite the fact that we've seen almost every conceivable way in which a zombie can killed.

The Bad: Some issues with logic. As with all zombie movies, the characters in The Horde figure out that the only way to stop the undead is to shoot 'em in the head. Yet, they seem to forget this a lot. You may find yourselves waving your arms and shouting, "shoot the head! Shoot the head!" in frustration.

Who would like this movie: The Horde is for you if you're a fan of zombie movies and video games (like Left 4 Dead). There's plenty of blood and gore (but no intestines, thankfully), and exciting action.

The actors are good, and their characters are the movie's strongest asset. It doesn't offer anything new to an already saturated genre, but it's a solid thrill ride nonetheless.

(3 out of 4 stars)

Review written by: Joe Yang

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