Fido (2006)


Directed by Andrew Currie
Written by Robert Chomiak, Andrew Currie, Dennis Heaton

Carrie-Anne Moss, Billy Connolly, Dylan Baker, K’Sun Ray, Henry Czerny, Tim Blake Nelson.

In an “alternate-reality” of the 1950’s, a radiation cloud from outer space caused a zombie outbreak. This in turn caused the Zombie v Human war, which humans won. Zombie’s have now become ‘domesticated’ as a result of a collar they wear, created by the company ZomCon.

Homes can now have ‘pet’ zombies to help around the house with household chores, and the Robinson family, at the choice of Mother Helen (Moss), have finally gotten their first (Connolly), despite Father Bill’s (Baker) fear in them. The ‘pet’ is soon named Fido by Timmy (Ray), and the two become pals.

Zom-Com’s new Chief of Security (Czerny) has moved in across the street, and when a small outbreak of zombies occur (as whoever dies becomes a zombie still), his attention is set on Timmy and Fido.

I really enjoyed this movie, it felt completely original – despite obviously borrowing from already known and popular genres such as horror zombie, and dark comedies. There’s also a humourous “Lassie” type moment where one of the characters has ‘Fido’ go get mum for help.

The soundtrack has quite a few 1950’s era songs within it, and the score both has a feel of this era, as well as being paired with moments of horror, which is very impressive to have such polar opposite themes done so well in the same movie.

The setting really feels like we are in the 50’s, with all the usual areas feeling almost flawless, and from hair and makeup, to the cars and immaculate gardens, there doesn’t really seem to be much out of place.

Scottish actor Connolly does a great job as the titular Fido, but the standout is Carrie-Anne Moss, who absolutely glows as Helen. Her character is what holds this film together, and she absolutely nails the role. Her arc as the overworked, and overlooked housewife, who finds a friend in Fido is flawless. She is truly remarkable in this film, and I can’t speak highly enough of her performance. Also, she was Trinity – so this is polar-opposite of that role as you can ever imagine.

If you haven’t seen this, I highly recommend it.

4.5/5


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