The Vanguard (2008) – By Brian Morton

 A zombie movie is a zombie movie is a zombie movie, the dead rise, the living get trapped, and the innocent are eaten and eventually good triumphs…most of the time. But, when you can take a zombie movie and turn it on it’s head, you’ve really done something special. The new movie, The Vanguard, does just that, and it’s pretty good!

The story here takes place in 2015, oil is gone and overpopulation has left the world in a crisis, and that crisis is made worse when some scientists, who are trying to adapt the human genome, instead create a race of the living dead, or biosyns. These biosyns aren’t really zombies, they’re humans who have had all humanity stripped away and they run wild killing anything that gets in their path. The corporation that created the virus that created the biosyns, now controls the civilized world and is attempting to round up and kill all the biosyns. Into this world, we meet Max, one lone survivor in the world of the biosyns. For some reason, Max is immune to the virus and the corporation has sent teams of kill squads out to get rid of Max before someone gets the idea that a cure can be created and the corporation can be overthrown. Max meets a kill squad member who has gone rogue, a resistance member who’s been left alone after his team is wiped out and a scientist who helped create the original virus. They all try to find a way to get Max away from the corporation and to safety before he can be killed.

The real interesting part of The Vanguard is the ending (which I won’t give away), but let me tell you, that after over an hour of mostly standard zombie stuff, the ending turned the entire movie into something completely different! It’s well worth your time and money! I’m giving The Vanguard three and a half out of four cigars, because there were times I wanted the story to pick up the pace and I started having the feeling that I’d seen all this before, but the ending saved the whole movie. You can get a copy of The Vanguard for yourself by heading over to the Anchor Bay web page. It’s not perfect, but it’s still damn good! So, until next time, when I’ll be boarding up my windows in advance of the zombie onslaught, remember that the best movies are bad movies.