It’s no secret that the most anticipated night of After Dark is zombie night. It is hands down the most popular sub-genre at this festival. Every year, it’s almost guaranteed to be a sellout night with a large rush line of movie goers hoping to get in. Zombie comedies are especially a hit. Folks love to laugh and cringe all in one sitting at the antics of the undead. Thankfully, this year’s offering, The Odd Family: Zombie on Sale (playing this Saturday at 7PM) should not disappoint.
Directed by Lee Min-jae, The Odd Family focuses on a small, sleepy Korean village with very little going for it. A pharmaceutical company outside of town has been conducting illegal experiments on dead bodies and the results are what you’d expect. When a young zombie escapes from the facility and ends up on the doorstep of the Parks, a family that’s been down on its luck for some time. At first, the family fights over what to do with their undead guest. But after a chance discovery of the zombie’s hidden talents, the family attempts to make a profit with a get-rich-quick scheme or two.
To say this film is insane would be an understatement. The Odd Family: Zombie on Sale has a running time of one hour and fifty two minutes but you’d never know it. The movie never slows down as it moves from one zany concept to the next. There’s no real logic to the narrative. Things happen and the viewer is asked to accept them or be left behind as the story presents new information at an alarming rate. The effects of a zombie bite have multiple effects in this film and there’s no explanation why. That’s just the way it is. This is easy to accept after awhile. The passion of the performances in this film sell even the more bizarre plot development.
While the script is all over the place, the cast is very much on point. The Park family run a gamut of emotions from bewildered to scared to ecstatic. They’re always reacting to ever-changing plot and the viewer is able to tag along for the ride. They also show the right amount of sincerity so it’s easy to root for them. The Parks’ attempts to correct their situation in life are heartwarming. The cast overall has a good sense of timing and almost every joke lands because of it. There’s no point where anything drags because the cast is playing the big laughs and insanity of the situation.
The Odd Family isn’t a great film, but it is a fun movie. You’ll laugh. You’ll jump and cheer. It’s not a cerebral film by any stretch. If you’re a fan of zombie comedies, you will have a good time watching this movie, even if it doesn’t really make any sense. The Odd Family: Zombie on Sale plays this Saturday at 6:15PM at the Scotiabank Theatre as part of Toronto After Dark 2019. The movie screens with the short film Ocimokw!! (Go Away!!) by Mattis Ottawa. Get your tickets HERE.
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