A young girl must enlist her juvenile father to help save the town from her biting brother. Whilst she’s trying to save the town, she must go through school life whilst hiding her brother’s true form.
Zombie Bro immediately comes across as an amateur project right from the opening five minutes alone. It feels like it’s trying to be a tongue-in-cheek comedy about a young girl that lives with her family and among them is her brother, who just so happens to be a zombie. The film never really acknowledges why the brother is a zombie or even how it happened. The character development here is really terrible.
I understand that this is a kid’s film and that a lot of kids watch movies and they just want to laugh and have fun and they don’t care about anything else. But Zombie Bro is so uneventful that I genuinely don’t think even its target audience will find something to like here.
During the first act, I was already getting quite annoyed with the characters, but particularly the title character since he only knows how to make one sound, and he makes that one sound throughout the entire movie. In all honesty, Zombie Bro feels like the type of movie that somebody may come up with while high or intoxicated. It doesn’t even really have a storyline that goes anywhere, and it’s just an endless string of weird and unexplainable scenes one after the other.
This movie was probably filmed on an extremely low budget, and I’m sure this was some student film, but surely they could have gotten better actors, right? All of the performances on display are atrociously bad. It seemed as though every time an actor spoke their lines, they were reading off a cue card that some crew member was holding up off-camera. It also doesn’t help matters that all of the dialogue is incredibly cringe-worthy and feels like it was directed toward infants.
All of the comedy throughout Zombie Bro is ridiculously dry, with not a single one managing to make me even crack a smile. The number one thing a comedy movie should make you do is laugh – this one didn’t.
On top of all of this, I can’t help but criticize the makeup on the titular character. The only thing the crew did in order to make him look like a zombie was put dark eye shadow under his eyes and painted his face so it looked a little paler. That’s all they did. It’s hilariously lazy, and really, this entire movie feels hilariously lazy. It’s just a good thing that it’s only eighty-three minutes, so you won’t have to be in agony for too long at least.
Overall Grade: F
MPAA Rating: N/A
Directed by: May Grehan
Distributed by: Indican Pictures
Release Date: January 1, 2021
Running Time: 83 minutes