When one sits down to watch a film titled Sars Wars: Bangkok Zombie Crisis it should be pretty obvious what to expect. This is one crazy ass film that will routinely have the average viewer question "What the hell am I watching?". The film is basically about the fourth generation of the SARS virus, which in this case, has taken the world by storm destroying everything in its wake. For some reason that isn't made all too clear, Thailand is the one country not infected by this strain of SARS. That is until an accidentental encounter unleases the virus on an unsuspecting apartment building. With this strain of the SARS virus, people don't just merely get sick, no that would be far too boring, they actually go through a physical transformation, turning into these zombie like creatures making for quite a chaotic experience. Anyone familiar with this particular realm of Thai cinema will know what to expect to some degree, but this film is off the damn walls. Its kinda like if you took Katsuhito Ishii's Funky Forest: First Contact, Noboru Iguchi's The Machine Girl, Gen Sekiguchi's Survival Style 5, Wisit Sasanatieng's Citizen Dog, and Peter Jackson's Brain Dead, and mixed them all together in a blender. Say what you will abou these types of films but for me I always tend to appreciate them if for nothing else but how creative and inventive they are in setting up their respective worlds. Hell, my biggest complaint with Sars Wars is that the violence isnt nearly as gratuitous as I was hoping, but the absurist qualities still keep it fun. Taweewat Wantha's Sars Wars: Bangkok Zombie Crisis doesn't stand up to the best films of this genre, but for anyone who likes trashy genre cinema, it's worth seeking out.
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