Review: Planet Terror

Sorry for the lack of posts these last few days. The holidays are always crazy. Though I try my best to participate as little as possible, I make my own presents and was thus chained to the kitchen for two days. I also started a part-time job in a deli that took time away from posting.

Anyway, I’ve been meaning to discuss Robert Rodriguez’s Planet Terror. You have to take this movie with a grain of salt. Robert Rodriguez, Quentin Tarantino, and Eli Roth are all friends and work together often. Thus, they have similar styles and senses of humor. This movie is not supposed to be serious. It’s comic book movie meets film noir meets B-rated horror movie in the sense that everything is terribly over the top.

The movie chronicles a zombie outbreak due to genetically engineered chemicals escaping a government lab. Bruce Willis and Tarantino play soldiers who need this chemical to survive after being exposed to it at some point. Rose McGowan, Freddy Rodriguez, Fergie, and Josh Brolin all have parts in this very gory, overly dramatic film.

As long as you can get behind the fact that this is supposed to be ridiculous, it’s a pretty funny, enjoyable movie. There is a lot of blood and guts and Rose McGowan loses a leg, which is then replaced with a machine gun… because that makes all the sense in the world.

I found Freddy Rodriguez incredibly sexy in this film and I’m not sure why. I don’t know if it’s because he’s a good looking guy, because his character kicks ass and is very mysterious, or because I have a thing for guys with dark hair & eyes (sorry Mark).

Anyway, Rodriguez released this in conjunction with Death Proof, another B-type movie about women on a road trip in an awesome car being terrorized by a guy in an equally awesome car. Lots of action, indeed. He released them together as a double feature just as they were in the 1970s. The beginning credits and such have a really awesome vintage feel, with cheesy music, too-bright colors, and terrible quality, blurry lettering. I loved it.

Do I recommend Planet Terror? Yes, absolutely. It’s ridiculously bad on purpose and that makes it awesome. It’s got style, gore, a little T&A, and some big names.