I'm just going to start this review by saying that I have never, NEVER had faith in sequels. I don't care if it's a bigger budget, if it barely mentions unpopular characters (like Jar-Jar Binks), or if it boasts effects and gore.
|Yousa ready for my-sa review?|
|This one's also got cool night-shots.|
|Gawna 'afta go fru dis lot, too.|
ZD2 started out alright, I didn't feel much connection to the characters nor were they built up in any meaningful way (and should they, really, in a zombie movie?); however, past the halfway point I encountered the same nauseating scenario from the first installment: zombie rape.
|OK I admit this a really awkward picture, but it illustrates my point!|
Is it legitimate? Is it rape? Is this a spoiler? You can discuss it all you want -- but at its basest, it's a sub-plot tactic that twisted and perverted this movie that otherwise would have been fine. I can understand from a filmmaker's perspective that you want to provide some evidence of human vs. human struggle when all has gone to hell, but a) why does it have to be rape? and b) why do women have to be exploited?
I think in my review of the first Zombie Diaries I briefly mentioned mandatory human procreating to restore the population; I think the least that progressive zombie movies can do is honor that in a way that preserves dignity. Why hurt women when they're the last hope for humanity? Or, if you don't care much for humanity, why are you wasting your time being one? Go be one of them!
|Oh yeah and there's also this one's motive to figure out...|