This movie was pretty good considering how bad it could've been. This is actually the first time I saw a SOCOM, and I fell in love with it.
As a fan of the genre BEFORE it exploded into being the theme of every 5th movie being released I feel compelled to reply to this one in particular:So ...
How many Zombies does it take to change a light bulb?
Has anyone else noticed that the Zombie / Post Apocalypse / Pandemic theme just keeps getting bigger and stronger in books, movies ( horror, comedy, romance), TV shows, video games, ammunition boxes, expensive personalised Zombie targets, flash mobs,.and actual "Zombie Day" exercises for first responders???
Seems like Mr Zee has gone mainstream.
What's up with that??
I wonder if somebody is preparing the masses for the real thing?
Teaching everyone that HEAD SHOTS are the only sure cure for Zombie Fever.
If so, I would probably not be using my M14 but rather something lighter and faster for multiple follow up shots in " a target rich environment". And practice a lot at multiple 6" - 8" -10" plates at close range. By a serendipitous co-incidence, I have stocked up on various sizes and colors of round and square paper plates. ...for camping ....yeah ... I really hate doing the dishes ... thats why I have all those paper plates.
These also make great practice targets for fast reactive drills. Eg ... partner calls out a color or a shape or a size for that string, with everything else no shoots. Mix them up, and repeat till you run out of ammo, then fix bayonets ( or draw your machete ) and slash up the remainders.
Anything semi auto with a hi cap mag in .223, .30 carbine, .30 Russian, or even .22LR would be my choices. A drum magazine might finally find a tactical scenario where it actually might be useful.
And remember, wear proper protection ... high thick collars, arm guards, etc.
That should get you noticed on the range.
PRACTICAL SHOOTING PRACTICE ....
with a twist.
As memory serves George Romero or someone that was pivotal in development of the genre actually addressed that when asked and he said that he needed to give humanity SOME hope of being able to stop them, so he chalks it up to the bad science of "any trauma to the brain" disrupts all electrical flow and this "re-kills" them. Got to give the hero a chance to win, don't you?The one thing about the "Zombie genre" that has always confused me (if you are assuming those as described in the episode of TWD that took place at the CDC) is that the BRAIN does not actually function, and all responses are being generated by the medulla oblongata or brain stem. How then will your "run of the mill" brain shot stop or disable them? The REAL target is going to be about the size of a walnut and is best accessed at the base of the skull from the rear, and the mouth from the front. Your standard head shot will do nothing but blow away dead tissue and bone, no different from a chest shot or cutting off an arm.....??? Best start practicing for those X ring shots....
It wasn't as precise as John Wick, no, but I only counted very minor infractions (he'd shoot 22, 23 instead of 20 rounds, though sometimes it was hard to tell if it was poor editing that made it seem like more or if it was continuity errors) - not like some of these movies where the 30 round M4s seem to be holding 90 rounds (or worse yet - anachronistic errors like X-Men First Class when the truck going into the Soviet Union the soldiers were carrying M4s, which hadn't been invented yet). It is actually a growing problem I'm seeing in TV and movies where an "apocalypse" takes place in current or even very recent past years... then "new" technology keeps showing up - like the latest ACOG or EOtech shows up on an AR, or the newest hand guard or adjustable stock is mysteriously on an AR some wanderer picks up like it had been there for 5 years, etc.Bought the film at Walmart on Saturday.
I enjoyed it. Yes, a tired theme, unanswered questions and some stilted dialogue, but the almost continuous gun action and that the cops and others involved knew something about tactics and movement techniques was very refreshing.
Lots of frantic action and not much slow time. I enjoyed the snot out of it.
Did note that, at times, Johnny's rifle and pistol seemed to shoot for extended periods w/o reloading. Full auto goes thru 20rd mags rather quickly. Also, don't silencers "burn out" once in awhile and need replacement parts/maintenance?