Starring: Lily James, Sam Riley, Matt Smith, Bella Heathcote, Jack Huston, Douglas Booth, Suki Waterhouse, Lena Headey, Charles Dance
OUR RATING: ★★½
Story: Horror action comedy co-written and directed by Burr Steers taking on a fresh twist on Jane Austen’s widely celebrated novel.
In the film a zombie outbreak has fallen upon 19th century England and the land is overrun with the undead. Our feisty heroine Elizabeth Bennet (Lily James) is a master of martial arts and weaponry and the handsome Mr. Darcy (Sam Reilly) is a fierce zombie killer, yet the epitome of upper class prejudice.
Elizabeth and her sisters have been schooled in the ladylike arts of fencing, musket-cleaning and martial arts, so as to better deal with the zombies that have wandering the countryside.
As the zombie outbreak intensifies, casting aside personal and social prejudices, Elizabeth and Darcy must join forces on the blood-soaked battlefield to rid the country of the zombie menace and discover their true love for one another.
Verdict: This horror twist of Jane Austin’s classic tale is pretty absurd but it has its moments and the cast all do a pretty good job. It sets out what it intended to do which is to present an interesting twist on a classic story, but in the end it’s just too predictable.
Best Quotes (Total Quotes: 16)
Elizabeth Bennet: [voice over] To succeed in polite society, a young woman must be many things: Kind, well-read, and accomplished. But to survive in the world as we know it…she’ll need other qualities.
Elizabeth Bennet: It began with the Black Plague. Within weeks the dead began to rise, hunting for human flesh. Now the few of us that are left have only one way to survive, we must bring the fight to them. I’ve been training for this my whole life.
[the Bennet girls and Mr. Collins are walking in the woods when they hear something]
Parson Collins: Oh. Is there some sort of trouble.
[the Bennet girls take out their swords]
Parson Collins: Oh, it appears there is.
[they walk over to the source of the noise and find a carriage overturned]
Jane Bennet: Penny McGregor’s carriage.
Penny McGregor: Help!
Jane Bennet: Someone’s trapped inside. Jane!
[the girls gets their rifles out as Penny continues to call for help from inside the carriage]
Penny McGregor: Please help me. Anyone, please! Help!
[she suddenly stops, the girls point their rifles at the carriage and suddenly Penny bursts out of the carriage, now turned into a zombie]
Penny McGregor: There was a horrible accident.
[we see she’s eaten the horses and the carriage driver]
Penny McGregor: But I survived. Survived.
[she starts walking over to them]
Jane Bennet: Not in the traditional sense of the word.
[suddenly Jane shoots Penny’s head off]
[having dinner at the Bennets]
Parson Collins: The fairest wifely choice is to be right here in this room.
[he stands and hits his fork against his wine glass to get everyone’s attention]
Parson Collins: I declare that I am enchanted by your daughter Jane and request to speak to her alone, if I may?
Mrs. Bennet: Oh, dear, Parson, I’m afraid Jane is already spoken for. We expect a serious proposal imminently.
Parson Collins: Oh, fuddle.
Mrs. Bennet: But Liz is quite available and almost as fair as Jane.
[Elizabeth looks over to her mother and Mrs. Bennet mouths]
Mrs. Bennet: What?
Parson Collins: Is there absolutely to negotiating over Jane?
Mrs. Bennet: The early bird catches the worm, Mr. Collins.
Parson Collins: Oh, indeed.
Mr. Bennet: Be mindful of your talent for the delicate complement, sir.
Parson Collins: Oh, no, yep, why, yes. She is almost as fair as the other one.
Mr. Bennet: [to Mr. Collins] My daughter are trained for battle, sir, not the kitchen.
Mr. Darcy: A woman must have a thorough knowledge of singing, dancing, and the art of war.
Mr. Bingley: [referring to Jane] She’s the most beautiful creature I ever beheld.
Mr. Bingley: Darcy, you must dance.
Mr. Darcy: You’re dancing with the only handsome girl here.
Mr. Bingley: One of her sisters is also very agreeable.
Elizabeth Bennet: I shall never relinquish my sword for a ring.
Charlotte Lucas: For the right man you would.
Elizabeth Bennet: The right man wouldn’t ask me to.
[to a group playing bridge]
Mr. Darcy: Might I play a hand?
Lady #1: Of course.
[he takes a seat at their table]
Mr. Darcy: Good evening.
Lady #1: So shall we…
[Darcy places a bottle containing flies on the table]
Lady #2: A potion?
Mr. Darcy: Carrier flies.
[he opens the bottle and lets the flies out]
Mr. Darcy: They’re in the possession of but one truly enviable talent. The ability to detect dead flesh.
Lady #2: The buzzing is frightfully loud.
Mr. Darcy: Well it’s not the buzzing that should concern you, madam, but rather when the buzzing stops.
[suddenly the buzzing stops, they all look to see they’ve landed on the man sitting at their table]
Lady #2: Oh, dear.
[Darcy calmly drinks from his glass before breaking the glass and using the broken end to cut the throat of the man identified as zombie]
George Wickham: The crown’s funds are being drained.
Mr. Darcy: You’re here to solicit money.
George Wickham: I’m here to propose a venture that would end the war forever. These new zombies can be reasoned with. With the proper funding I believe we can cultivate trust and even good will with this new iteration of the undead, who seem to posses an inherent power of the lower ranks of their kind.
[Lady Catherine starts laughing]
Lady Catherine de Bourgh: Zombie aristocrats.
Parson Collins: Oh, yeah.
George Wickham: I prefer to think of them as souls lost in purgatory.
Lady Catherine de Bourgh: Hmm.
George Wickham: The common hordes look to them for leadership. It takes just one of them to realize that power and then to lead the hordes into battle.
Lady Catherine de Bourgh: The undead are like locusts.
Parson Collins: Locusts.
Lady Catherine de Bourgh: They go forth and destroy. They have no use for leaders.
Parson Collins: Oh, uh, except one actually.
Lady Catherine de Bourgh: Hm?
Parson Collins: Oh, well, um, according to the Book of Revelation the antichrist shall lead the undead, uh, on the day that shall be the last day of mankind.
Lady Catherine de Bourgh: So cheery, Collins.
Parson Collins: Thank you, Lady Catherine, very generous. Franklin, are there more scones?
Lady Catherine de Bourgh: The undead are like locusts.
Mr. Wickham: Well then the human race is surely doomed!
Mr. Darcy: Dear Miss Bennett, I’ve come to feel for you a most ardent admiration.
Lady Catherine de Bourgh: You have a very small estate here.
Elizabeth Bennet: And yet we endure it.
[Elizabeth opens the door to let Lady Catherine in]
Lady Catherine de Bourgh: A falsehood of the most scandalous nature has reached me, that you intend to be united with my own nephew, Mr. Darcy.
Elizabeth Bennet: I’m not.
Lady Catherine de Bourgh: And will you promise me never to enter into such an engagement.
Elizabeth Bennet: I will make no such promise.
Lady Catherine de Bourgh: Then I shall protect the dignity of a far superior man. Wilhelm.
[her henchman, Wilhelm, picks up Elizabeth by her throat and holds her up against the wall]
Lady Catherine de Bourgh: Do you still refuse to oblige me?
Elizabeth Bennet: I do!
[she suddenly strikes out at Wilhelm and knocks him out, Lady Catherine draws her swords and holds the ends against Elizabeth’s neck]
Lady Catherine de Bourgh: I do not know which I admire more, Elizabeth Bennet: Your skill as a warrior, or your resolve as a woman.
Mr. Bennet: Daughters do not dance well with masticated brains.
Parson Collins: I was unaware that zombies possessed such acuity so as to set such traps. Before we know it, they’ll be running for Parliament.