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Zombie story borrows from classics

Zombie story borrows from classics






It’s not quite Ferris Bueller for the 21st century, but Daybreak is upfront about its affectionate relationship with that iconic film, from our hero Josh’s to-camera voiceovers to casting Matthew Broderick (the original Ferris) as the high school principal. It also unashamedly reaches far and wide for further inspiration: everything from Mad Max to Supernatural (in which Colin Ford, who plays Josh, also appeared) get a look-in. But it’s any number of apocalyptic zombie stories that are the most obvious starting point for the tale of Los Angeles after a bomb turns all (or most) of the adults into flesh-eating ghouls but leaves the kids alive and well and ruling the world. This is more than a collection of amusing homages, though. Structurally, it’s as clever as it is entertaining, blending expository flashbacks with present events in a way that keeps both parallel narratives sizzling along. The gore is more cartoonish than gross. And it’s full of laugh-out-loud lines, helped tremendously by the timing and delivery of the terrific cast. Broderick is always wonderful, given half a chance. Ford is tremendously likeable. And the headliners are ably supported by a host of other young players who are clearly having the time of their lives.

Melinda Houston

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