Goal of the Dead (2014) – Review, Rating and Synopsis

Goal of the Dead (2014)

Goal of the Dead (2014)

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  • Release Date:  2014
  • Genre:  Zombie
  • Director:  Benjamin Rocher, Thierry Poiraud
  • Screenwriter:  Hélène Tolède-Couronne, Ismaël Sy Savané, Laëtitia Trapet, Marie Garel Weiss, Nicolas Peufaillit, Quoc Dang Tran, Tristan Schulmann
  • Cast & Crew: Alban Lenoir, Charlie Bruneau, Tiphaine Daviot, Ahmed Sylla, Bruno Salomone, Bruno Salomone, Xavier Laurent, Sebastien Vandenberghe, Jean-François Carey, and Philippe du Janerand.

Goal of the Dead (2014) Rating:

  • Eloise = 8 / 10;
  • Raoul = 7.5 / 10;
  • IMDB = 5.5/10;
  • Rotten Tomatoes = 3.2/10.

Goal of the Dead (2014) Synopsis:

As the soccer team of Paris travels to Capelongue, a small village in France, to play an important game against the local team, a careless physician releases a zombie-like virus that will quickly turn the game into a battle for survival.

Goal of the Dead (2014) Review:

It is only after seeing Goal of the Dead that I realized how small is the number of horror movies out there that focuses on sport…almost none. We recently covered the trailer for I Know How Many Runs You Scored Last Summer (2008) but that’s pretty much all I can think of. The goal of the Dead comes then at the perfect moment, just before the 2014’s Soccer World Cup, to fill this gap. How clever? Considering such a marketing move, one could easily expect the film to be a poor quality money-maker. Well, the good surprise is that…the film is excellent!

Actually, this does not come as such a huge surprise considering who is behind the camera. This half-time is the funniest one. It sets the story by introducing the rivalry between the two teams as well as the various characters. The film plays with stereotypes and presents each character as an exaggerated version of these types of people that you can come across in the soccer world, including the arrogant superstar, the drunk and dumb supporters, the teen groupie, the greedy agent, etc.

This a simple type of humor, but a very efficient one. Within minutes, the cinema was won and laughing out loud! Now, while this movie probably remains hilarious in every language, part of the humor lies in the way people talk, with their accent and attitude, so you’ll probably want to watch it in French to enjoy it fully. This first part is also the occasion to have an appetizer of the great action scenes that are to follow.

This half-time is the bloodiest of both, containing most of the zombie-action scenes. The high quality of the camera-shots was already really obvious in the first part, but because the second part contains a lot more action, it is really the chance for the audience to fully appreciate the huge graphical work that was done on that film.

The kills are very brutal and the film quite gory overall, but each death scenes is a delight. Some moments such as the use of slow-motion during the shooting scenes are really impressive! The comedy aspect in this second part gets even sillier than in that second part with, for example, an impressive amount of people puking on each other, or lots of campy comical action scenes. This was starting to be a little too much for me in terms of “over-the-top” humor, but people who enjoy this type of comedy will surely be more patient than me. Anyway, the great action and overall quality of this second part easily make up for that.

 

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