The Horde Movie Review
(Image taken from the movie The Horde)
Yannick Dahan, Benjamin Rocher
Claude Perron, Jean-Pierre Martins, Eriq Ebouaney
3 out of 10 brains
NOTE: The Horde is presented in French with English subtitles.
The Horde opens drearily, at a funeral: not an exciting, zombies-clawing-out-of-graves-to-eat-the-mourners funeral, but a sincere grieving for a fallen police officer. However, the Horde quickly loses any claim to sincerity, as the fallen officer’s vigilante colleagues decide to exact revenge upon the responsible criminals. Queue the excessive violence and scumbag characters. Soon after a failed and bloody siege attempt on a derelict apartment building, our “protagonists” must join forces with their criminal enemies to survive a sudden-onset zombie apocalypse.
The directors, Dahan and Rocher, could have used the setting and unsympathetic characters of the Horde as a canvas to explore humanity’s flaws when faced with the collapse of society. Unfortunately, such insight is completely absent in this bloody and violent mess. Even when the story attempts to delve into and explore the most deplorable aspects of humanity, it results in awkward and difficult to watch scenes. Although Dahan and Rocher provide much in the way of gore, they contribute nothing new to an already tumescent genre, leaving even gore hounds bored and disappointed.
Character development is almost non-existent and although the body count is high, the viewer has no attachment to any of the characters and therefore the movie elicits no emotional response. Instead, watching the Horde is akin to playing 90 minutes of a monotonous “hack and slash” video game.
Dahan and Rocher present no new or intriguing explanations for the zombie apocalypse, they do not provide the audience with a single character to root for, and the story is far from involving. Instead, much like in the previously mentioned video game, our dour group of survivors shoots and gauges its way from the top level of this abandoned apartment building along many floors to the garage, a trip not worth sharing.