Hideo Suzuki is a 35-year-old mangaka assistant, whose life seem to be stuck around his low-paying job. One day, the world as Hideo knows it is shattered by the presence of a disease that turns people into homicidal maniacs, whose first instinct is to attack and devour the nearest human.
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I Am A Hero delivers epic zombie-action that at first bursts with creativity. Unlike Train to Busan, it never forgets to centralize its scale during these massive-death scenes by providing strong and specific details of enough of its victims and zombies to greater contextualize this massive loss of life. The 2nd half moves more into trope territory with its zero-to-hero themes sadly being a priority, however.
Personally, I prefer to watch it than 'TTB', because it's a bit close to 'reality' that is inside my head about zombie apocalypse. Well, since the movie is based on manga which has several volumes, I'm not gonna complaining much about the lacking. I realize how hard to fit manga with several volumes into 2-hour live action and this movie is simply a miracle that exceeds my expectation. Good cast and good plot.
Having largely stayed away from the modern zombie guff that proliferates TV and cinema, I can honestly say I rather enjoyed this. It's a shame the shopping mall segment got in the way of the central relationship between Hideo and Hiromi - the woodland scenes were quite promising. Derivative yes, but good clean fun.
C'era da immaginarselo che, prima o poi, sarebbe arrivato il film tratto dal manga di Kengo Hanazawa. Il risultato è uno zombie movie piuttosto affine ai canoni del genere, che paga il debito al solito Romero e ci aggiunge quel pizzico di grottesco che domina nel fumetto. Ed è proprio questa standardizzazione il limite della versione su schermo, che fa perdere all'opera tutta la sua imprevedibilità.