Planet Terror details
|Formats:||18 DVD, Blu-ray|
|Starring:||Freddy Rodríguez, Rose McGowan, Marley Shelton, Bruce Willis, Carlos Gallardo, Quentin Tarantino, Josh Brolin, Michael Biehn, Naveen Andrews, Michael Parks, Jerili Romeo|
|Genres:||Action/Adventure - Thriller, Horror, Sci-Fi/Fantasy|
Planet Terror - Bonus Features
|Run time:||1 hour 45 minutes|
|Rental release:||10 Mar 2008|
|Hearing impaired subtitles:||English|
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Planet TerrorBy SAI81 (360 reviews) from Tonbridge , 06 Nov 2007
[Highly rated reviewer]When a gas that turns the living into zombie like creatures escapes into the general population a small band of immune survivors must fight to stay alive long enough to try to find a cure.
I always was looking forward to Robert Rodriguez' half of Grindhouse more than Quentin Tarantino's and though Death Proof surprised me by being a pretty fun ride it's seriously dull by comparison to Planet Terror.
While Death Proof had forty good minutes of chatter before the first real action scene Planet Terror cuts right to the chase; after a seriously sexy dance by Rose McGowan under the opening credits things get seriously bloody even in what, in any other movie, would be a purely expository scene. Robert Rodriguez has completely embraced the over the top feel of Grindhouse cinema and has crafted a non-stop action all the way rollercoaster that grabs you by the balls from the word go and refuses to loosen its grip.
This is a silly film, but the film knows as much, and revels in it but what could have pushed it too far into parody is the cast, fortunately they all get the tone just right. Okay so nobody is pushing for reality here but they are playing it straight, theres no winking at the camera and as a result you are able to just go along for the ride rather than being lifted out of it and reminded that, hey, its just a silly movie.
Its tough to pick a stand out among the cast as everyone is so well placed in their roles. Josh Brolin has a nicely sardonic line of psychosis as Dr Block, even before hes a zombie and Marley Shelton is just adorable as Dakota. There are good parts for genre vets Michael Biehn, Jeff Fahey and Tom Savini and good cameo work by Tarantino and Bruce Willis. At the centre of the film though are Freddy Rodriguez and Rose McGowan as El Ray and Cherry. Rodriguez, despite his small stature, makes for a pretty convincing action hero and the sequence where he rescues McGowan from a hospital full of zombies is one of the most entertaining in a joyously entertaining movie. But its Cherry Darling wholl be the iconic image to come out of this movie, and rightly so, how much cooler can it ever get than Rose McGowan, with a machine gun for a leg, taking out dozens of zombies?
Rodriguez pushes the boat out visually. The film is wildly over the top, allowing him to let rip with effects gags that would just be too ludicrous anywhere else and drench the screen in blood. He also uses the artifical scratching and aging of the film better than Tarantino did; there it felt like someone had scratched up a new movie, here it doesn't and the technique is used much more consistently throughout.
If Planet Terror just sounds stupid as far as you are concerned then chances are thats exactly what youll find here; a stupid zombie movie. If, however, you are a genre fan; if you love Re-Animator, or The Beyond or any number of schlocky 70s and 80s horror movies then youll be in heaven with Planet Terror. Its endlessly fun, more so than any other film yet released this year.
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Quirky and sometimes annoyingBy a customer , 19 May 2013Don't know what Tarantino was trying to achieve with the scratchy aging film effect. It's annoying and completely incongruous with the movie. Thankfully, he tones it down as the movie progresses. There's so many quirks (including a 'missing reel') that when the DVD started hanging and skipping I wondered if this was another Tarantino practical joke or just a faulty disc. Not sure what happened to the little kid and how it happened. Was it in the missing reel or did the disc jump? Frankly, I'd stopped caring by that point.
It ain't pretty but it's GreatBy Lonewulf (7 reviews) , 22 Mar 2013Storming --Grindhouse at it's no-nonsense best. Over the top gore & violence. I watched with my 18 yr old son who's now a Grindhouse convert. see also Hobo with a shotgun, Machette, Deathproof even Drive Angry
Blood, girls, zombies, romance, girls covered in bloodBy Sirmixalot (7 reviews) , 10 Jan 2013Big budget version of machete. Great film, it doesn't need to be analysed to the sub-atomic because its not like this film has a message or meaning or weaves a tale with mystery, I don't understand why the main reviewer has given it the full Kubrik, this ain't Space Odyssey, it's just a good laugh. You are going to love it or hate it and there isn't any real middle ground because the film is deliberately over the top. Very funny with Jeff Fahey as the chef, very sexy with every girl looking hot and not afraid to give the zombies a bullet or ten (probably why the ladies don't like this movie), blood everywhere. Wish I had seen this in the cinema. Having already seen 'Machete' the movie I will say it was on a par with this but funnier and just as sexy. Great all round entertainment.
Zombie GreenyBy a customer , 29 Dec 2012
THIS REVIEW CONTAINS SPOILERS Show review anywayHideThis was so awful it was funny if you get my meaning. It was terrible in places but you could not help but find it over the top and silly. Gas turning people into living zombies, then eating other people etc etc.
Switch brain to off and enjoyBy JacobA (9 reviews) , 13 Jun 2012A perfect film to switch your brain off to and enjoy for what it is: silly, over the top entertainment. Grab a beer and some popcorn and away you go.
It's not in the slightest bit clever but it doesn't need to.
The sillyness keeps coming. Just wish they'd make 'Machete'.