Toronto After Dark Review: Cockneys vs Zombies

Harry Treadaway takes out a zombie Cockney-style in "Cockneys vs Zombies"

Brothers Terry (Rasmus Hardiker) and Andy (Harry Treadaway)  haven’t caught a lot of breaks in their lives. Their parents were criminals who abandoned them as children and there aren’t many options for them in their east end London suburb – a  neighbourhood they love and never want to leave. Now their fiesty war vet  Grandfather Ray  (Alan Ford)  is about to be relocated up north when a developer takes over his  retirement home to build a new housing estate. Desperate to keep their Grandfather in  town, Terry and Andy gather a  hapless group of screw-ups (including a short-tempered Iraq war vet with a metal plate in his head and their lock-picking expert cousin)  with a plan to rob the local bank.    While they’re in the midst of their heist, a zombie outbreak wipes out the city and when they emerge from the bank, the group  has to figure out a way to fight through the hordes to get to Ray and the rest of the retirees who are holed up in the kitchen of the old folks’ home.

In short, Cockneys vs Zombies is a whole bunch of fun. Whip smart and rife with dry humour that pokes good-natured fun at the zombie genre as well as  making a comment on the gentrification  of working class neighbourhoods, writers James Moran ( Severance )  and Lucas Roche (a former editor)  have created a film that’s as pitch perfect as Shaun of the Dead and as genre-loving as Brit tv-series Misfits . Director Matthias Hoene keeps the pace snappy, the action lively and the zombie kills creative. The  besieged retirement home  angle is especially ingenious as it yields lots of great sight gags and performances from the residents (including former Bond Girl Honor Blackman and veteran Brit actor Richard Briers). This is a film that even non-horror fans will find some joy in – it’s just too bad that so far, there ‘s no word on a Canadian distributor.

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Kristal Cooper has been a film buff since the age of two when her parents began sneaking her into the drive-in every weekend. Since then, she's pursued that passion by working for the Toronto International Film Festival and the Canadian Film Centre as well as spending many a happy hour inside Toronto's wonderful theatres (she still mourns the loss of The Uptown). She is a freelance writer specializing in pop culture and feminist issues, and continues to slog away at her day job as a small cog in the giant machinery of the Toronto film community.

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