Cockneys vs Zombies is an amusing enough diversion. However, there is an unmistakable sense of déjà vu.
Brothers Andy and Terry decide to rob a bank in order to try and avoid the closure of their grandfather’s care home. The gang manage to get away with a fortune, but East London does not look quite the same when they exit the bank. The area has been overrun by zombies and the gang must fight their way out and try and find their grandfather…
There is some humour in Cockneys vs Zombies, although the film would have worked better with more jokes. Matthias Hoene’s film is very much in the same vein as Shawn of the Dead with the mundanity of surroundings and style of humour. There is the same mix of gore and humour in a mundane setting. The goriness is sometimes a site for humour. Cockneys vs Zombies is never frightening; there is never an air of trepidation.
The characterisation in the film is fine, given the time dedicated to this. The film missteps in trying to provide a more emotional aspect. This does not really work; more serious moments fall flat and could have been eliminated. Often this kind of film works better when the emphasis remains on the comedy.
The plot is predictable, with the film relying on the stereotypical characters and amusing set ups to entertain the audience. Performances are fine, given that most of the characters are rather caricature. Michelle Ryan is not so convincing however. Her tough persona rings false. Alan Ford is suitably hard as the grandfather who takes no nonsense.
Cockneys vs Zombies offers little new in terms of the zombie comedy genre. However there are some amusing moments and the film is not dull. Given the lack of innovation, hopefully there will not be many more of this kind of film.