Fast, fun and hilarious, Alexander Brugués’s 2nd feature film, Juan of the Dead, gives a decidedly Cuban touch to the zombie genre when an outbreak hits the island on the anniversary of the revolution.
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A companion of Shaun of the Dead. But, unlike that film, it infuses its zom-com horror with social commentary: taking on the artificiality of the faux-communistic government of Castro. Quite humorous and creatively designed, you have to hand it to the Cuban government for allowing this film's criticisms of their past feudal-government and embracing 'real' communism's mid-step of capitalism. Somewhere Marx is smiling.
My skepticism was so proven wrong on whether this would just be a knockoff of a successful knockoff. Not only is this a great zombie flick, but it is the most political horror film I have ever seen. No jokes. This film screams its message loud and clear to the same effect as a wood paddle to the face. And that is EFFECTIVE. This is by no means "Latino Shaun of the Dead" but rather something bigger than it seems.
Muy divertida, a veces exagerada, pero muy entretenida y con algunos tributos a películas clásicas de Zombies como Brain Dead. Me gusto que confundieran a los zombies con disidentes capitalistas, y que hicieran lo que todo buen cubano, cobrar por los servicios de limpia.
Saw this at the Havana Film Festival closing night yesterday. Cuba's biggest budget film to date ($3M). Uneven directing and cynical but fun to watch, funny and spotted with political and filmic commentaries.
El concepto es fantástico: una plaga zombie que se desata en la Cuba actual y es interpretada como actos de disidencia promovidos por el gobierno yankee. Sin embargo, la premisa a menudo se agota por reiteración y el humor se torna fácil y grueso. De todas maneras, me parece una película más que disfrutable.
I'm not to sure about Cuban politics these days. For me it shows great maturity from the regime to let this film be made! There were swipes at the revaluation. But I think Juan's ruthlessly embracing of a very neoliberal business model, shared out the political satire evenly. Not a masterpiece, though great fun!