Film #192: EVIL: IN THE TIME OF HEROES aka TO KAKO: STIN EPOHI TON IROON
Evil: In the Time of Heroes (To Kako: Stin Epohi Ton Iroon)
2.5 out of 5 stars
A few years ago, back before there were a thousand zombie properties floating around, there was a lot of buzz in the horror press about Yorgos Noussias’ film EVIL. The hub-bub was mostly because the film (and the filmmaker) hailed from an unlikely place – Greece. Sadly, EVIL was an uninspired, rather derivative little exercise which, while clever in the way it did it, simply tore pages out of a fistful of other – and better – zombie films of the past. Now, six years later, Noussias is back behind the camera with a direct sequel to his previous 2005 film. When a trailer was released for this sequel, it looked pretty promising with hordes of undead converging on our hapless heroes as they stood centerfield at a soccer stadium. Welp, not much has changed since 2005, I guess. EVIL: IN THE TIME OF HEROES is just more of the same. Yes, the budget is bigger. The FX (CG blood mostly with a few “head-explodey” digital gags) have improved slightly. But, the film’s script is just as incoherent and scattered as before. Characters do things for no discernible reason other than to get other characters killed. People are bit and die… only to get back up as if nothing’s happened. It’s just a narrative mess. Billy Zane (who must have wanted to vacation in Greece and get paid for it) shows up as some kind of Yoda-like dude, but he mostly just stares off into space and tries to look deep. The film is fun for zombie flick fans and low budget action film geeks, but… just go in knowing none of this shit makes a lot of sense and do not even try to figure out the ending. The film might be good to put on at parties or while you do the laundry or something… Y’know, while you do something ELSE… but, with so much zombie-related product out there, you can surely find something better to amuse yourself.