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Tuesday, April 19, 2022

Review: Wyrmwood: Apocalypse

Director: Kiah Roache-Turner

Screenplay: Kiah Roache-Turner and Tristan Roache-Turner

Year: 2022

Seeing the announcement for “Wyrmwood: Apocalypse” reminded me that I had seen “Wyrmwood: Road of the Dead” a few years ago and enjoyed it. However, I couldn't remember much more about the movie other than it was an Australian zombie movie with a lot of gore. This is the unmistakable sign that I may have enjoyed the film, but it didn't impress me enough to leave a mark on me. 

The little I remember of its predecessor, released in 2014, was enough to encourage me to see this new entry almost eight years later. Although "Wyrmwood: Apocalypse" continues the original story, how little I remembered of the previous one and how well I was able to follow it is evidence that it is not necessary to have seen the previous one to see this new installment. 

“Wyrmwood: Apocalypse” follows brothers Barry (Jay Gallagher; “Nekrotronic”) and Brooke (Bianca Bradey) as they continue their efforts to find a cure. The first is a soldier, and the second is a zombie hybrid who has developed telekinetic abilities that allow him to control groups of zombies. Now their attention changes to wanting to discover the truth of what the group in which they were hoping to get a cure is really up to. 

Just like the 2014 version, this sequel is fun from start to finish. The story is interesting enough to grab your attention and keep you interested, and the gore and action are dirty and constant. From the performances to the audiovisual elements, everything is correct and complements well that gritty style, which does not disappoint in offering a good time, but it does not go beyond that.

As with "Wyrmwood: Road of the Dead," this sequel suffers from the same problem. For those who enjoy gore and zombie movies, entertainment is guaranteed, but although it offers some innovative ideas in a hyper-saturated genre, it is not a memorable film.

"Wyrmwood: Apocalypse" is a fun movie, with a lot of action, gore and violence, and even innovative ideas within the zombie genre. However, it's the kind of movie that you have a great time watching late at night with some unhealthy snacks and drinks, but it doesn't offer much more than that, and it doesn't have to. If a third installment comes out in a few years, I will surely have a hard time remembering the sequel, just like I did with its predecessor.


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