- 1 hr 34 min
Osombie, released in 2012, is a horror-satire film directed by John Lyde. The plot follows the story of Dusty (played by Corey Sevier), a private military operative who sets out to find his sister, who has gone missing in Afghanistan. However, he soon discovers that his sister and her fellow aid workers have been turned into zombies by Osama bin Laden (who is still alive and operating in hiding). Dusty teams up with a band of rebel fighters, which includes his sister's colleague, Donna (played by Eve Mauro), and a geeky conspiracy theorist, Tomboy (played by Jasen Wade), who believes that bin Laden is now a zombie. The trio sets out on a mission to kill zombie bin Laden and his army of undead jihadists, in order to put an end to their terrorist threat once and for all. The film is shot on location in Utah and features some stunning desert landscapes. The opening sequence of the film is an intense action sequence, which immediately sets the tone for what is to come. The film is a mix of horror, comedy, and political satire, and does not take itself too seriously. The film's visual effects are impressive, considering the budget constraints. The makeup and prosthetics for the zombies are well done, and the action sequences are thrilling. The film benefits from a talented cast, with Corey Sevier delivering a solid performance as the lead. Eve Mauro brings some much-needed humor to the film, and Jasen Wade is excellent as the conspiracy theorist who steals every scene he is in. Osombie is not a film that takes itself seriously, nor does it attempt to provide any real commentary on the political situation in the Middle East. However, it can be seen as a satire of the post-9/11 culture that has developed in the US, and the fear-mongering that has been perpetuated by the media. The film pokes fun at the conspiracy theorists who believe that bin Laden is still alive, and adds a twist to this with the notion that he is now a zombie. The film also satirizes the notion that the US has the ability to single-handedly defeat terrorism, as well as the idea that all terrorists are Muslim extremists. The film's soundtrack is fantastic, featuring a mix of rock and electronic music, which perfectly complements the action on-screen. The film's pacing is also well done, never letting the tension drop for too long before ramping it up again. However, the film's biggest drawback is its lack of originality. The film borrows heavily from other zombie and military films, and the story is predictable. There are also several moments where the film's low budget is painfully obvious, such as the scenes of bin Laden's zombie army, which consist of only a handful of zombies due to budget constraints. Overall, Osombie is an entertaining film that does not take itself too seriously. It is a fun mix of horror, comedy, and political satire, with some impressive visual effects and a talented cast. It is not a ground-breaking film, but it is definitely worth a watch for fans of the zombie and military genres.