Day of the Dead: Bloodline is the second remake of Romero’s original 1985 zombie flick. It’s been so long since I’ve seen the original that I can’t really compare the two, but I’d bet that Bloodline is worse. This movie was awful. I can’t go into detail about why I hated this movie without spoilers so here’s your spoiler warning.
I went into this movie with low expectations, it is a direct to DVD movie after all, yet I was STILL disappointed. Every character aside from two, is really stupid, it’s a wonder that they survived as long as they did. The main character is Zoe, she’s a med student which would lead you to believe that she’s got a functioning brain in her head, but you’d be wrong on that assumption. Zoe has a creepy stalker named Max, a guy who carved Zoe’s name into his arm as a show of affection and doesn’t understand what no means. Lt. Miguel, the leader in charge of the bunker and the second smartest person in the movie. Despite being the smartest person in the bunker no one listens to him because he’s a jerk. Baca is Zoe’s boyfriend and Miguel’s brother, he’s also pretty dumb. The rest of the characters are just dumb and don’t really matter.
The movie takes place five years after Zoe survives an assault from Max and a bunch of zombies.
She’s now one of two doctors at a military bunker. From what I can tell this happens to be a pretty safe setup. They have armed military personnel patrolling the fences, food and water are readily available, and they have adequate medical supplies. Zoe barges late into a meeting and gets into an argument with Lt Miguel about what to do about a girl sick with pneumonia. Lt. Miguel says they should just isolate her to keep everyone else from getting sick, insinuating that its better to just let her die than risk lives to try and get medication for her. Zoe tells him that she has her isolated but that everyone in the community would still be at risk to catch and die from this deadly strain of pneumonia the girl has. We later see Zoe interacting with this girl with not so much as a face mask on despite her claims of how much of a hazard this sickness is to everyone. There’s also a scene where Zoe goes to check on the girl and finds another kid in the room playing with her, the kid then leaves and joins the rest of the community to potentially spread this “deadly sickness.” So Zoe argues and convinces eight of the soldiers to take her into the city to retrieve medicine from her med school for the sick girl. They maneuver through the school and retrieve the items from the pharmacy and are preparing to leave. The group walks past a room that used to be Zoe’s office. Instead of doing the logical thing and asking the group to hang back for a second so that she could grab some things from her office, Zoe sneakily separates herself from the others and explores the office alone. Surprise! Zombie Max has been hiding in here for five years! Zoe manages to escape from him and runs into the rest of the group but the ensuing chaos has roused the attention of every nearby zombie and one of the soldiers dies in the attack. That’s one death on you already Zoe.
Arriving back at camp Lt. Miguel is justifiably upset but again, comes off as a jerk so everyone sides with Zoe. We see that zombie Max has infiltrated the camp by holding onto the underside of the Humvee as the group made their way back to the bunker, yes really. Zombie Max then becomes even more of a ninja and stealthily maneuvers around the bunker killing at least three people as he stalks Zoe. Max does his best Batman impersonation while crawling through the ventilation above Zoe, she turns as she hears commotion behind her, when she turns back around a second later Zombie Max is standing in front of her. Max is apprehended by the soldiers after chasing Zoe to a corner and being creepy with her. Lt. Miguel, again being the smartest person in the camp, wants to kill Max but Zoe wants to experiment on him because he’s different as he didn’t attempt to bite her. Something to note is that NO ONE questions how zombie Max got into the bunker or whether they need to check for perimeter breaches. In fact, the very next morning Zoe is seen doing her morning jog with no supervision as if nothing has happened. There’s also no mention of any of the people Max killed as he snuck around.
So Zoe starts to experiment on Max finding out that he’s some kind of hybrid human zombie for some reason. Zoe’s experiments require that she capture two “live” zombies in order to test their blood next to Maxs. Zoe and some of the same dumb soldiers then head out to the perimeter gate where there are roughly thirty zombies. They intend to open the gate and funnel in one at a time, obviously this goes wrong. They get overrun and lose their perimeter and have to retreat back into the bunker, but not before losing another soldier and having the only other doctor on base get bitten on the arm. Lt. Miguel is again, understandably upset, and has a standoff where he intends to shoot the bitten doctor. Zoe protests saying that she can now make a vaccine so that “bites would no longer be a death sentence.” The funny thing about zombie bites is that, thus far in the movie the only person that has been bitten non-fatally is the other doctor. Everyone else that has been bitten by a zombie has been bitten in the throat, or mauled by multiple zombies. Lt. Miguel asks her if she has this vaccine now, and when Zoe tells him she doesn’t Miguel shoots the doctor, again going about it like a jerk. Everyone is upset and sides with Zoe, regarding Miguel as a monster.
Zoe heads back to her lab to run tests on the blood samples she retrieved. This is where things get even dumber. Two soldiers enter the lab, one decides to get nose to nose with Max to remark about how ugly he is. Max, being the smartest person in the room grabs her and throws her around before the other soldier can pull her away. In the commotion Max manages to slip the key to his chains from the second soldier and pocket them. Max escapes and opens the doors to the bunkers allowing in dozens of zombies. As the zombies stream in through the open doors, Zoe manages to run past the zombies entering the bunker as she chases the sick girl from earlier. None of the zombies even glance at her as they run past and into the bunker for some reason. Miguel and a majority of the survivors in the bunker are killed and Baca is bitten. Zoe manages to kill Max once and for all and arrives back to the bunker to find Baca about to kill himself to prevent from turning. Zoes miracle vaccine works and Baca survives, the movie rewarding all of the stupidity that transpired beforehand. Weeks later we’re shown a happy community thriving in the bunker, Zoe and Baca are happy, there’s kids playing outside enjoying life despite their parents being dead.
This movie was awful and dumb. Certain parts were so absurd that they were hilarious. There were scenes where people were attacked and there would be explosions of blood for some reason. People explode when bitten in this! Max infiltrating the bunker and taking down soldiers like he’s a secret agent was hilarious. The characters are unbelievably dumb. The protagonist nearly gets everyone killed to make this vaccine that she can only use on her boyfriend, because he’s the only one still alive due to her actions. The only person with a shred of common sense is vilified and ignored because he’s a jerk. The acting is bad, the plot is bad, and the characters are bad. This movie is bad. 2/10