I’ve not watched many foreign movies, that’s an issue I currently hold with myself. As an attempt to branch out further into the world of films, I’ve been asking those that know me to recommend me films from outside of my comfort zone. I hadn’t expected to like 2016’s I Am A Hero, and it’s no surprise that I didn’t enjoy it. But at least I’m getting outside of my comfort zone, that’s the important thing.
Maybe some preparation beforehand would’ve been somewhat helpful. Going in I didn’t know that this was a zombie flick, and I’ve just about had my fill of those. A hefty chunk of the zombie movies or media I consume are quite repetitive, and it’s a shame that I Am A Hero more or less checks off the tropes of the genre quite rapidly.
The only difference though is that I’ve never felt less connected to a leading character. Yo Oizumi’s leading role as manga artist Hideo Suzuki certainly won’t be a performance I ever look fondly back on. Oizumi, as far as I can tell, certainly isn’t a bad actor, but his performance here really beats that theory somewhat. Maybe it’s that Suzuki as a character isn’t interesting in the slightest to me, coming across as a gratingly dull version of Jesse Eisenberg’s nerdy Columbus from Zombieland, another zombie flick I wasn’t keen on.
To be fair I am excited to see Oizumi’s other acting works, as he apparently has roles in Spirited Away and Howl’s Moving Castle, both roles I’ve been assured are quite enjoyable. Still, at least I Am A Hero has opened me up to a new vein of cinema, one that specifically didn’t really interest me but now has me slightly hungry for a couple more outputs.
A stock zombie movie with the only real positive being its outlandish and terrifying uses of gore and some scary-ish looking zombies. Other than that, it’s poorly written, bafflingly directed shlock that I couldn’t recommend even to the most hardcore of zombie movie fans.