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Devil's Playground
Reviewed by
Andrew Proverbs
on
Devil's Playground DVD Review If you’re planning on having a zombie movie marathon, this would be perfect as a curtain raiser
Rating:
3.75

Feature 7.0
Video 7.5
Audio 8.0
Special Features   N/A
Total 7.5
Distributor: Sony
Running Time: 93 Minutes
Reviewer: Andrew Proverbs
Classification
: MA15+

7.5


Devil's Playground

Zombies and parkour mixed together. Does that sound like crazy talk? That’s because it is. But sometimes crazy ideas can work. The creators of ‘Devil’s Playground,’ a post-apocalyptic survival romp set in a near-future London, certainly believe so. After watching what they’ve come up with, I’m inclined to agree. 

First of all, let’s clarify my opening statement. These aren’t zombies per se, in the traditional “They’re coming to get you, Barbara” sense- think more towards the red-eyed twitchy post-humans from 28 days later and you’re on the right track. And like the villains from Danny Boyle’s horror opus, they’re simply referred to as ‘the infected.’ Their motivation is less about feeding and more about hunting the surviving humans to cause as much pain and bloodshed as possible. A nice twist on the genre is that the main character is basically the slow, lumbering one, while the zombies themselves are suped-up ninja maniacs. 

The people responsible for unleashing this evil on London are the head honchos of the Newgen corporation. The aim was to stage a clinical trial for a new drug, which makes a person stronger, more lithe and agile (hence the parkour moves). But things (of course) go pear-shaped when those involved in the trial start getting sick and attacking normal people, infecting the innocent through bite wounds.  

But a woman named Angela (MyAnna Buring) is still on the loose and suffering no ill side-effects from the trial. It’s the job of Newgen security chief Cole (Craig Fairbrass) to track her down and find out why she’s so special. Once Angela and Cole meet another group of stragglers, each with their own goals and motivations, they come up with a simple plan- to get to Angela’s brother, who has a helicopter on standby, and get out of town for good. 

While Devil’s playground is a horror movie at heart, you’ll be disappointed if you go into it expecting to be frightened. The only genuine scare comes right at the beginning, when the first ‘infected’ wakes up and inflicts havoc on his creators.

But the film is good at creating a strong sense of foreboding, helped by a creepy musical score and some great sound effects. The zombie make-up and effects are also very well done. 

The film is lacking a bit of polish in some areas: in one scene, a police chief stands in frame, waiting for his cue to come storming in and deliver his tirade. And towards the end, a character walks into a shipping container, which has been set up as an office, and pulls out a chainsaw. Really? 

For the most part, the movie does an admirable job at hiding its lack of budget with some clever editing and enjoyable action. The scenes of empty London streets are effective, if not as expansive as those in 28 days later.   

I guess the real enjoyment comes from observing the conflict between the different survivors. Especially interesting is Cole and Joe’s moral tug-of-war over Angela.  

Closing comments:

Parkour and Zombies- it’s a marriage made in hell that could have ended in blood-stained divorce. But instead of being a mess, Devil’s Playground makes the best of what it has to deliver a satisfying experience. If you’re planning on having a zombie movie marathon, this would be perfect as a curtain raiser.






 
 



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