Tuesday, November 10, 2009


Timmy Robinson is growing up in a world where zombies are a part of society. A company called ZomCom took control after the zombie wars and found a way to control the zombies and any zombie that wears a ZomCom collar has their appetite for human flesh controlled enough that they can become a part of society as grunt labor. Mrs. Robinson longs for a zombie servant and Timmy longs for a friend, so when she defies her husband and buys a zombie she and Timmy slowly begin to bond with Fido while her husband stays in denial about the zombie infected world around him. Timmy soon begins a friendship with the zombie, whom he names Fido and one day Fido accidently kills a neighbor and Timmy realizes he has to cover up the murder before his mother and the head of ZomCom security can find out and take Fido away.

Fido is one of the most quirky films I’ve seen in a very long time. This is a world where zombies are totally real, corporate America has evolved to incorporate them, cities are protected by fences from the “wild” where they roam, and the average citizen saves all of their life for a funeral which will prevent them from being a zombie after they die because you get a head casket so your head is kept separate from your body. Combine all of these items with a 1950’s aesthetic and you have the world of Fido.

Carrie Anne Moss plays Timmy’s mother in this film and outside of The Matrix and Memento I can’t recall anything else I’ve seen her in. However, Moss is perfect as Timmy’s repressed mother. Like Timmy all she wants is for the neighbors to accept them and Mr. Robinson to pay attention to her and Timmy. The man is so oblivious to his family that he doesn’t even realize Helen is pregnant again, and Moss plays the repressed and overlooked side of Helen beautifully, clearly coming off as the mother who wants more for her son than she has.

This is the only film I’ve ever seen by Andrew Currie, but Fido is so unique that I think I will gladly check out his future projects.

Director: Andrew Currie
Writers: Robert Chomiak, Andrew Currie & Dennis Heaton
Helen Robinson: Carrie-Anne Moss
Fido: Billy Connolly
Bill Robinson: Dylan Baker
Timmy Robinson: K’Sun Ray
Mr. Theopolis: Tim Blake Nelson

Bill Robinson: I'd say I'm a pretty darn good father. My father tried to eat me, I don't remember trying to eat Timmy.
Helen Robinson: Bill, just because your father tried to eat you, does that mean we all have to be unhappy... forever?

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