Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Cinema Tuesdays {Fido}

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I've always felt slightly guilty that since I started Cinema Tuesdays over a year ago, I have yet to feature a Canadian movie, which is a shame since Canadian films (and television too) are underappreciated and quirky. So, since I'm doing films about the suburbs this month, I thought that this little 2006 gem would be perfect. I first saw Fido at the film festival before it came out and then later in the Canadian Cinema class that I took (the most interesting film class that I've ever taken).
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Welcome to the Alternate Universe 1950's, in a time when a sudden radiation cloud has turned every corpse into a zombie, which naturally turned into a war. Things were going badly for the living until the head lab coat at Zomcon discovered that by destroying the brain, you destroy the zombie.
And the people rejoiced.
And then Zomcon came up with a collar that suppresses a zombie's desire for human flesh.
And Zomcon rejoiced.
Zomcon could now market and sell tame zombies for service jobs that no one else will do.
Thanks Zomcon!
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Zomcon is now police, manufacturers, government and the only corporation left.
They make everything, even the milk.
People now live in gated suburban communities, each with their own Zomcon office and factory. Zomcon in return, keep that living safe from the wild zombies that stumble around outside of the town gates.
Thanks Zomcon!
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But everything is just the same as it was supposed to be. Only a little different.
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This is Timmy.
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This is Timmy's pretty little house.
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This is Timmy's neighbour, who used to be head of security until he was fired for having Tammy as his girlfriend.
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One day, Timmy's mum Helen (Carrie-Anne Moss, Canadian) gets tired of being the only house on the street without a Zombie, so she buys one (Billy Connolly, not Canadian) and brings him home.
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However, Bill has a fear of zombies, ever since his dad tried to eat him during the war.
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The only things that Bill cares about are golf and going to funerals, which are now dashed expensive.
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But Timmy bonds with the zombie, whom he names Fido. Fido remembers a bit of what it was like to be alive, which comes in handy.
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Helen also bonds with Fido, but in a different way.
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But it's only a matter of time until Fido's collar breaks and he starts eating Mrs. Next Door.
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Timmy tries to cover it up, but the two bullies were witnesses and so they capture Fido and Timmy in a quest to be seen as heroes. Fido escapes and gets Helen to save Timmy.
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What's the matter Boy?
Did Timmy fall down the well again?
Is Timmy tied to a tree in the woods with two bullies who've recently become zombies?
Good Boy!
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Timmy and Helen try to cover things up, but a small zombie outbreak occurs.
That's about it for the plot without being in danger of ruining it.
Don't worry, since it's a comedy, there's a happy ending for all.
And now some gorgeous, colourful pictures:

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Unfortunately, Fido is only available on Region 1 DVD (but at least it's on DVD, unlike a lot of Canadian films) or you could always download it.
Here's the trailer:

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