A zombie outbreak has fallen upon the land in this reimagining of Jane Austen’s classic tale of the tangled relationships between lovers from different social classes in 19th century England. Feisty heroine Elizabeth Bennet (Lily James) is a master of martial arts and weaponry and the handsome Mr. Darcy (Sam Riley) is a fierce zombie killer, yet the epitome of upper class prejudice. As the zombie outbreak intensifies, they must swallow their pride and join forces on the blood-soaked battlefield in order to conquer the undead once and for all.

 


On paper the idea of a mash up of Jane Austen and zombies might have seemed like a good idea but unfortunately the version that ended up on film is neither scary nor funny which for a comedy horror is not a good thing.

Adapted from Seth Grahame-Smiths bestselling 2009 book in which Janes Austin’s story is retold only this time the author has added a subplot where zombies have taken over the land.

The film version stars Downtown Abbeys, Lily James as Elizabeth Bennett one of a number of daughters whose social climbing mother (Sally Phillips) has been looking to marry off to some eligible rich bachelor. As for the father (Charles Dance), he's more interested in training his daughters in hand to hand combat and zombie killing.

The reason for the fathers concerns is that a plague has consumed England that turns its victims into flesh eating zombies. In amongst the zombie slaying a number of would be suitors turn up looking for the Bennett daughters' hands in marriage. One of them is the dashing Mr Darcy (Sam Riley) another is Mr Collins (an over the top performance from former Dr Who Matt Smith) Mr Collins just happens to be the polar opposite of the dashing and brave Mr Darcy.

The mix of romance and horror does manage to raise a few laughs but overall the whole mash up idea falls a bit flat on its decaying flesh rotten face.




 

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies (15)

1h 48m

Director: Burr Steers

Starring: Lily James, Sam Riley, Jack Huston, Bella Heathcoate, Douglas Booth, Suki Waterhouse, Matt Smith, Charles Dance, Lena Headey

UK Release: Thursday 11th February 2016