Friday, November 7, 2014

Film Review: Cabin Fever: Patient Zero (2014)

Cabin Fever: Patient Zero (Review)
United States/2014
Format Viewed For Review: Netflix Instant
Netflix Streaming: Yes
Amazon Prime: No

"If you're looking for some gory fun, this may be for you."

A group of douchebags friends go to a deserted island for a bachelor party, but find a deadly flesh-eating disease instead.

Cabin Fever: Patient Zero follows this group of friends as they party at this deserted island. Eventually, they get sick and look for help in a seemingly abandoned facility. In the meantime, scientists try to create a vaccine by performing experiments on patient zero of the disease, Porter (Zach Galifianakis sorry, Sean Astin). But, Porter is tired of being a lab rat and causes the facility to lockdown. It's a fairly simple plot. The ending is decent, but it was unusually B-movie, more than the rest of the film.

You shouldn't expect much from Cabin Fever: Patient Zero. In fact, it would be better if you go in with zero expectations. (you get it? Patient zero?) It's a very cliche, run-of-the-mill horror film with unusual changes in tone. But, first, I'll get on with the good. Patient Zero is fast paced. It has some mild suspense here and there. And, it has plenty of blood and gore -- plenty. The suspense didn't do much for me, but the gore was ridiculous. It was interesting, for lack of a better word, to watch this disease deteriorate a person. It's even a little creepy to think about these types of diseases. So, if you're looking for some gory fun, a la Hatchet 3, this is for you.

But, if you're looking for something more original and creative, and actually frightening, this might not be for you. So, let's get to the bad. First, the humor is very hit-or-miss. I think there were two or three scenes that actually got a chuckle, the rest of the "jokes" were duds. Furthermore, the humor creates an odd and inconsistent tone. There was one scene with a catfight between two infected that seemed so forced and out-of-place, I forgot to laugh. (I did like the gore in that scene, though.) The film also suffers from its plot contrivances and stupid characters. It gets very lazy during the last act -- two of the characters suddenly become ridiculously gullible, I actually laughed. I laughed more at that than I laughed at some of the humor in this film!

The acting is okay. Some of the actors were bad, but most stayed at the decent-mediocre line. Sean Astin, who has a striking resemblance to Zach Galifianakis with that beard, is probably the best actor in this film. The music is forgettable -- honestly, I can't even remember if this film had any music at all. The cinematography was decent, at times, but some scenes are poorly lit -- I know they're supposed to be dark, but you should be able to see a bit more. There was one scene that looked like it had mediocre computer effects, but most tread in the surprisingly good practical effects territory. I mean, if you want to see gore, you can see plenty here. Director Kaare Andrews delivers a fast-paced and generally entertaining gorefest. However, the film suffers from flat humor, cardboard cutout characters, and an inconsistent mood.

Overall, Cabin Fever: Patient Zero is a decent film. Like Hatchet 3, this is some good ol' gory fun. Unfortunately, some of this fun is hindered by the aforementioned flaws, such as inconsistent mood,
mediocre humor and acting, and some technical issues. It doesn't take itself seriously, though, and neither should the audience. If you're looking for some gory fun, this may be for you. Who knows, you may even like this film's humor...

Score: 5/10
Parental Guide: Strong violence and gore, some sex and nudity.

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