ZOMBITOPIA (2021) Reviews of Malaysian zombie movie

 

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Zombitopia is a 2021 Malaysian horror film about a man who previously survived a zombie attack and now has to relive that nightmare.

Directed and co-produced by Ming Jin Woo [as MJ Woo] from a screenplay co-written with Neesa Jamal. Also produced by Aron Koh.

The movie stars Shaheizy Sam, Elvina Mohamad, Bront Palarae, Nur Shahidah, Azman Hassan and Sharifah Amani.

Reviews:

“Rather than focusing on Kampung zombies, or a zombie love story (a zom-com if you will), Zombitopia not only fails to achieve the spectacle it’s aiming for, but it ends up weakening the story it’s trying to tell when it does so. It’s a shame because when it’s not trying to vie with Fast and Furious 6 for the title of longest road/runway sequence and concentrates on what it’s good at, it delivers.” Goggler

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Plot [may contain spoilers]:

After Hassan discovers Zidik living alone on the streets, he takes him in and cares for him like a son. Zidik now works together with Hassan in the junkyard but both men are stuck in the past.

Fifteen years previously, they lost their loved ones to a virus that turned people violent. Hassan often “forgets” that the virus killed his wife, while Zidik still remembers his sister attacking his mother and his father sacrificing himself to save Zidik. He also often thinks of Zooey, the girl he met at the orphanage he briefly stayed at before being kicked out by the evil Kak Lily.

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Meanwhile, Doctor Rahman, a disgraced scientist who previously managed to contain the virus, manufactures a new strain of zombie virus to create chaos. Amid this new zombie outbreak, Zidik encounters a zombified Zooey who tries to attack him but she slowly begins to remember who he is. Zidik then gets taken prisoner by Doctor Rahman when the doctor discovers that he is immune to the virus…

Release:

Zombitopia was released in Malaysia via Disney+ Hotstar on 2nd July 2021.

Cast and characters:

Shaheizy Sam … Zidik
Elvina Mohamad … Zooey
Bront Palarae … Dr Rahman
Nur Shahidah … Siti
Azman Hassan … Hassan
Sharifah Amani … Maya
Idan Aedan … Young Zidik
Amanda Amry … Young Zooey
Ruzana Ibrahim … Kak Lily
Eqy Afandi … Jamal
Kazar Razak … Mika
Nu’Man Bin Mohd Salleh … Bob
Jay Iswazir … Kamarul
Ken Abdullah … Bentong Khan
Michael Leong Chee Wah … Yuri
Steve Yap … Lee Boon Kit
Dania Erisha … Kiki
Danny Low … Mustapha

Technical details:

89 minutes

Notes:

According to IMDb, it was filmed in 2016.

Teaser trailer:

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