A potentially great idea – the zombie western – slips from the saddle in John Geddes’ ambitious but anaemic American Civil War yarn.
Avoiding the obvious temptation for a tacky genre mash-up (The Gore, The Blood And The Uglies this isn’t), Geddes should be commended for trying to fashion an authentic period drama with added flesh-munching – Undeadwood, if you will.
Yet, for all the setting’s metaphorical scope, Geddes delivers only clichéd Confederate rogues by way of historical critique, while budgetary limitations relegate the most promising set-pieces to strikingly animated interludes.
What’s left is a sub-Cold Mountain travelogue beset by tedious talk, stiff performances and zero menace.
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