Movie Review: Aquarium of the Dead (2021)

Synopsis: Miranda Riley is trying to secure more funding for the struggling aquarium she is running when she must contend with a much worse problem. The animals are dying from a strange ailment and coming back to life as zombies. To make matters worse, the aquarium's safeguards have her and several others locked inside.

Who's in it? The movie stars Vivica A. Fox, Eva Ceja, D. C. Douglas, Erica Duke and Anthony Jensen.

Review: I came across this film on Paramount Plus a few days ago and, thinking it looked interesting, added it to my library. My wife and I watched it tonight and, overall, I thought it was an OK film.

Don't get me wrong, this isn't a great film by any means. The special effects were barely passable, and the acting was sub-par. However, it was admittedly entertaining.

I think the thing I liked best about this film was how surprisingly dangerous the aquarium turned out to be. I was a bit skeptical about that at first because fish live in the water and even zombie fish would have issues on land. Fortunately, this was a good aquarium that had all sorts of water life ranging from crocodiles to walruses, keeping the danger alive even when they were on land. Oh, and those killer starfish were kind of fun to watch too, proving to be a lot more dangerous than ridiculous.

I also liked how the movie, which is a sequel to the film Zoombies, not only takes place in the same universe as that zombie film but also takes place at the same time. This added a little extra to the movie by keeping everyone who could possibly help already being tied up elsewhere.

I was a little disappointed the movie didn't bother showing what happened to the humans after they were killed. With it being a zombie movie, I would have assumed they would become reanimated too, but that either didn't prove to be the case (for unexplained reasons) or the film just decided not to reveal it. It makes me wonder if maybe there's another sequel, though I haven't taken the time to look just yet.

Final Opinion: Like I said, it's predictably not a film that would have been expected to win an Oscar, but it still wound up being an entertaining way to spend a couple hours. I'd recommend watching it, but just make sure to watch Zoombies first.

My Grade: B-


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