YUMMY – Film Review

A young couple travel to a shabby Eastern European hospital for plastic surgery. The young woman wants a breast reduction. Her mother comes along for yet another face-lift. Wandering through an abandoned ward the boyfriend stumbles upon a young woman, gagged and strapped to an operating table; she is the result of an experimental rejuvenation treatment. He frees her, but does not realize he just caused the outbreak of a virus that will change doctors, patients and his mother-in-law into bloodthirsty zombies.

The only thing that Lars Damoiseaux’s Yummy has in common with the Justin Bieber song of the same name is that they share the exact same title. Well, that, and they are both extremely weird and leave a bitter taste in the mouth. Not yummy at all.

This film starts out fairly simple with not a whole lot of gory sequences coming at us for a little while. That being said though, the film does have some extremely questionable moments in the first ten minutes alone. Moments that are going to make a ton of viewers feel quite uncomfortable but not in the way the filmmaker’s intended. There are odd sexual references and cringe-inducing lines of dialogue right off the bat, making it hard to get invested in anything at first.

Thankfully, as the movie progresses, it does become more entertaining to watch with plenty of bloody goodness to behold. Of course, this comes with a price though. It’s a blast to watch zombies getting killed and buckets of blood and gore being dumped all throughout the running time, but after a while, it outstays its welcome. There was a point while watching the film, about forty minutes in, where I realized that this movie doesn’t really have a story. It’s just mindless blood and guts with no substance at all.

Yummy (2020).

Those that are looking for a film with deep themes and messages about plastic surgery and the dangers of it are not going to be too pleased with this one. If you are looking for a genuinely scary and unsettling movie about plastic surgery, I highly recommend you check out Doyeon Noh’s short Human Form. It may only be twelve minutes long, but I am not exaggerating when I say it’s one of the most disturbing movies I have ever seen. That includes feature-length ones too.

I was hoping that Yummy was going to be a similarly interesting look at plastic surgery and the horrors of it, just with a bunch of blood added into the mix. Sadly, it’s just blood. Everywhere. After a while, it is definitely not yummy, but rather, disgusting to have to finish. It has its moments of fun and amusement, but its terrible sense of humor and virtually non-existent story make this film yucky.

Yummy offers some over-the-top bloody goodness but it doesn’t have a compelling story, nor does it delve into its interesting themes nearly enough as it should.

Overall Grade: D+

MPAA Rating: N/A

Cast: Maaike Neuville, Bart Hollanders, Benjamin Ramon, Clara Cleymans, Annick Christiaens, Eric Godon, Joshua Rubin

Directed by: Lars Damoiseaux

Distributed by: Shudder

Release Date: June 25, 2020

Running Time: 88 minutes

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