You know, I watched this movie back in 1991 or 1992 and remember being very disappointed with it. Well, I used to drink and I’ll chalk up my original opinion to that fact, because after just watching it again, I am pleasantly surprised on how much better a movie it seems to me now.
Toy Soldiers tells the tale of a group of students at a boarding school that are taken hostage by the son of the Colombian Cali Cartel’s leader after his father is captured and extradited to the United States for prosecution. Demanding the release of the Cartel leader or they will start executing the students, the terrorists quickly get control of the school and booby trap it against an incursion. A small group of students , led by Billy Tepper (played by Sean Astin) and Joey Trotta (played by Wil Wheaton) decide to try and fight back by collecting information on the terrorists and getting that information to the authorities on the other side of the school’s walls. Using that information, the authotites decide to move in, but only after The Dean, Edward Parker (played by Lou Gossett Jr.) convinces the military that Billy Tepper can be trusted.
This is an action packed movie with plenty of drama and suspense. Not an award winner or anything, but still a solid film. Like I stated at the beginning of this write up, I didn’t even like this movie when I first saw it, but I am glad I gave it a second chance.
Check out the trailer here:
2011’s Exit Humanity is an interesting end of the world Zombie movie with a twist: it takes place just shortly after the American Civil War. The Zombie virus first appears at the end of the war when fallen soldiers start rising from the dead as black Eyed zombies. Skip ahead 6 years and we find our self in the kitchen of Edward Young, his wife dead from his gun after he arrived home to find she too had become one of the undead, and his young son nowhere to be found. After dealing with the remains of his wife, he goes off in search of his son. This trip is one of tragedy, and and quickly turns into a memorial March. Throw in a power mad general and his doctor who believes he can create a serum to fight the infection using human Guinea pigs in a NAZI like manner.
This movie is much better produced than I expected and the acting, while not great, and sometimes not believable, is passable. It’s an interesting look at a Zombie outbreak at an interesting time.
While I did like this movie, it is in desperate need of some serious edition: this movie needs to lose between 30 and 40 minutes for it`s length to match it’s content.
Easily found on Netflix if you’re looking for a fresh telling of a Zombie tale, check out the trailer below: