Movie Review: Fido
Starring Billy Connolly and Carrie-Anne Moss
For a while there, Zombie movies were the in thing. I unintentionally had a Zombie Movie Marathon this week (28 Days Later, Fido and Planet Terror). It wasn’t until after I had watched them that I clicked onto the common theme. Hey, don’t judge me, I was sick and wasn’t paying too much attention.
Fido has the main features of a Zombie movie. Dead rising back to life? Check. Zombies eating people and infecting them? Check. Lots of blood and guts? Check. Biting social commentary? Check. (Not too sure about the last one being a common feature of Zombie movies? Check out the Night of the Living Dead movies).
Set in a 1950’s style American suburbia, you may be forgiven for thinking you’re watching a colourised version of Leave It To Beaver at first. But this suburban paradise is not post WWII but post Zombie Wars. After a typical 50s sci fi explanation, the dead rise. The only way to stop them is to shoot them in the head. That is unless you attach the special Zomcom ™ collar restraint device. Now your once hostile Zombie is a harmless domestic servant/pet.
Zombies do everything for their owners – clean the house, walk the dog, look after the children. As long as the collar is working, then the Zombie won’t eat you. Simple! The affect of this is to create a new kind of racism. Zombies are slaves. They aren’t treated as human beings, merely subhuman servants. The people in this suburban utopia are willfully ignorant of the fact that these Zombies were once human beings worthy of dignity and respect. Not only that, but it becomes obvious as we observe the Zombie Fido (played by Billy Connolly) that they still have thoughts and feelings. They may not be strictly human, but they are still sentient beings. Sentient beings forced into slavery.
I couldn’t help but feel that the treatment of the Zombies in this movie was analogous to the treatment of African Americans prior to the American Civil War. Or anywhere and anytime where people have been forced into slavery because they are considered to be something less than human. I personally can not fathom how this was ever seen as acceptable. All people are made in the image of God (Genesis 1:27). No where does it say that God made white people and that every one else is substandard. White people as we know it didn’t even receive the gospel until about 1500 years ago. The same gospel that was given to a group of middle eastern Jewish fishermen. We are all in the same position before God and we should fight slavery and racism in all its forms.
It is for this reason I can’t stand racist jokes. There is a difference between a general observation of a culture or nationality’s stereotypes and a statement designed to belittle, humiliate and dehumanise. Racist jokes are only “funny” (I use that term lightly) because they elevate one race and put down another. If God values all people of all nations equally, then there is no place for racism. As the Ben Lee says “We’re all in this together.”
I really enjoyed Fido. It was funny, satirical, and it made me think. While the MA rating for violence is unfortunate, I very much recommend this movie.