Fido (2006) Movie Review

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Fido (2006)

2006 | PG-13 | Horror, Drama, Sci-Fi, Comedy, Romance
93 minutes / 1h 33min

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Fido Plot Synopsis:

In an Earthly world resembling the 1950s, a cloud of space radiation has shrouded the planet, resulting in the dead becoming zombies that desire live human flesh. A company called Zomcon has been able to control the zombie population. Zombies can be temporarily neutralized by being shot, but can only be permanently neutralized by their brain being destroyed. Their ultimate disposal is through cremation, or burial, the latter which requires decapitation with the head being buried separately from the body. Conversely, Zomcon has created the domestication collar, when activated and placed on a zombie makes the zombie controllable and thus an eternally productive creature within society. Because all dead initially become zombies, the elderly are viewed negatively and suspectly. And all people, adult or child, learn to shoot to kill to protect society. Zomcon is the go to organization for all things zombie. In the town of Willard, the Robinsons - father Bill, mother Helen, and adolescent son Timmy - are one family who don't own a zombie as a domestic since Bill is afraid of zombies, as, when he was a child, he had to shoot his own zombie father, who tried to eat him. Bill has thus become fascinated with funerals to see zombies put away permanently. But Helen feels pressured to get a zombie when Zomcon's new head of security in Willard, the officious Jonathan Bottoms, moves into the neighborhood with his family. Never having had to deal with a zombie directly, Timmy is initially wary of their zombie. But as a lonely child who has no friends and is often bullied, Timmy eventually befriends their zombie, who he names Fido, as he treats the zombie much like a faithful pet dog. Timmy protects Fido at all cost, even after Fido, due to no fault of its own, is implicated in some deaths, which creates a mini-wave of loose zombies unknown to Zomcon. But Fido may play a larger role within the family as a companion for Helen, who is largely neglected by Bill, since he sees human affection as ultimately resulting in such difficult issues as what happened between him and his own father. With Timmy and Helen treating Fido with kindness, Fido, in turn, may prove that not all zombies, even when without their domestication collar, are out to kill anyone and everyone in their path.

Fido (2006) Review

Fido (2006) is a 1h 33min Canadian drama comedy horror movie that contains zombies and was filmed in 35 days in four locations in British Columbia, Canada. Director Andrew Currie (Night of the Living (1997), Mile Zero, (2001), Barricade (2012)) was influenced by Fido from Lassie Come Home (1943), The Night of the Hunter (1955), Peyton Place (1957), Douglas Sirk 1950s films and George A. Romero‘s zombie movies. There were a few creative differences that kept the 1994 script and it was entirely storyboarded before filming took place. Zombie movies are so popular that I feel like they are overdone, and nothing new can be seen, but I was wrong. There were enough blood and guts to please gorehounds along with a sense of humor and intelligence making Fido one of the best zombie spoof movies ever.

Fido takes place in an alternate universe in the 1950s where the dead has become zombies as a result of radiation from space. The humans soon began battling zombies in what is called Zombie Wars in an effort to prevent a zombie apocalypse. Humans who died after the first contamination turns into zombies, so zombies outnumber the human/living. A company name Zomcon tries to help the survivors by fencing communities and domesticating zombies by suppressing their urge to eat humans with remote controls collars that control the zombies hunger for flesh. Zomcon invented the zombie collar that will help keep the zombies as slaves or servants making them productive members of the world again.

Helen Robinson (Carrie-Anne Moss - The Matrix (1999), Memento (2000), Chocolat (2000), Disturbia (2007)) is a homemaker in the town of Willard homemaker. She went against her husband Bill’s (Dylan Baker - Spider-Man 2 (2004), Trick ‘r Treat (2007), Spider-Man 3 (2007), The Cell (2000)) desires/fears/zombie phobia and bought a zombie. Helen bought the zombie because they were the only one on the block without a zombie. Bill was a veteran of the Zombie War and had bad encounter/experiences with zombies. Their son Timmy (K’Sun Ray - Love’s Enduring Promise (2004), Fielder’s Choice (2005), A Smile as Big as the Moon (2012)) became friends with their zombie and named him Fido.

Fido’s (Brave (2012), The Last Samurai (2003), The Boondock Saints (1999), A Series of Unfortunate Events (2004)) real name was not revealed, but we did learn that he died of myocardial infarction. The movie steps up a notch when Fido’s collar malfunctions resulting in him killing their next door neighbor who then turns into a zombie. Little innocent Timmy kills zombified neighbor after she kills and infects another person which of course resulted in an outbreak in their controlled community. Zomcom becomes involved and started to investigate the situation/outbreak.

K’Sun Ray did a fabulous job playing Timmy, who is a caring, gentle, sharp, sweet young fellow that helps us to see everything through his eyes, just marvelous. Timmy might be the cause of the chaos in Fido, but he is also the kindhearted guy that tries to fix everything/everyone. Fido was an extraordinary watch where nothing is what it appears to be resulting in Fido to be an intelligent/smart horror/comedy film that has an inspiring, unique setting that is believable and answers all the questions viewers might have.

My major and only problem with Fido is that zombie horror/zombie fans might not like the movie because it is perceived that zombie movies should have hardcore horror whereas Fido does not.

  • Fido Rating Scores
  • Our Score: 8
  • Overall Score: 7.33
  • IMDB: 6.7
  • MetaCritic: 7.0
  • Rotten Tomatoes: 7.2

About Fido 2006

Title: Fido
Year: 2006
Runtime: 93 minutes
Type: Movie
Genre: Horror, Drama, Sci-Fi, Comedy, Romance
Score: 4 / 5 stars
Avg. Rating: 3.66/5 stars from 26,806 users.
Total Avg. Votes: 26,806
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Fido Cast Starring: Carrie-Anne Moss, Mary Black, Dylan Baker, Clint Carleton, Lauro Chartrand, David Kaye, Lauro David Chartrand-DelValle, Rob LaBelle, Doug Abrahams, Tiffany Lyndall-Knight, John B. Lowe, Tim Blake Nelson, Jacob Rupp, Billy Connolly, Michael P. Northey, Glenn Richards, Alexia Fast, Aaron Brown, Jennifer Clement, Rick Pearce, Henry Czerny, Sonja Bennett, Max Clough, Lauren Oleksewich, Gary Slater, Harold Courchene, Taylor Petri, Geoff Adams, Raphael Kepinski, Carl-James Kalbfleisch
Fido Writers: Robert Chomiak, Andrew Currie, Dennis Heaton
Fido Director: Andrew Currie
Production: Roadside Attractions/Samuel Goldwyn
Language: English
Country: Canada