'Birdemic 2: The Resurrection' (Photo: I Got a Fish Productions LLC)
For those unfamiliar with the "Birdemic" phenomenon (and really, why are you?), the original "Birdemic" followed the blossoming love affair between Rod (Alan Bagh), a software engineer, and Nathalie (Whitney Moore), just about the prettiest and nicest Victoria's Secret model you'll ever meet. Rod's company gets sold for a billion dollars, allowing him to pursue his true passion for solar panel construction, whilst Nathalie gets rich by being hot (good thing she ignored her mother's advice to become a real estate agent, eh?). They traverse San Francisco in Rod's "plug-in hybrid" Ford Mustang, loving the environment and each other as they beat the recession with their smarts and good looks … until the morning after their first round of lovemaking, when they find themselves -- and the rest of our hurting planet -- attacked by CGI birds that dive-bomb everything below and explode on impact (yes, birds explode, but you knew that already). Oh, what terrors hath our mishandling of the environment wrought?
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"Birdemic 2: The Resurrection" is equally laughable: The birds look to have been made via an outdated version of After Effects; the writing is worse, and the acting so painfully sincere yet stunningly incompetent that it can't help but transcend to some form of sheer genius. However, what's most fun about the film is wondering whether Nguyen is really this horrible a filmmaker (and we mean like worse than Ed Wood) or if he's in on the joke, purposefully making a film so bad that it just can't be ignored -- or unloved.
If the trailer for "The Resurrection" is any indication, it's probably now safe to say that Nguyen knows exactly what he's doing -- or at least has appropriately embraced the incompetence (and sincerity) for which he's been celebrated by lovers of B-movie cinema. Rod and Whitney are back, and they come across like Shakespearean-trained thespians compared to their new pals, indie filmmaker Bill (Thomas Favaloro) and aspiring actress Gloria (Chelsea Turnbo), whose newfound success in their respective fields is short-lived as Hollywood is soon under siege by another massive bird attack. Nguyen has most definitely embraced the "bigger" philosophy and practice of any movie sequel worth a damn, delivering more birds, more blood and, yes, seemingly more pauses in the action for pro-environment soliloquies spewed by some random wise sage the youngsters stumble across on their harrowing adventure.
What's most notable in the trailer is the increased sense of bloodlust on the part of not only the villainous (or, rather, probably just very confused) birds but the humans as well. Hardcore survivalists Rod and Nathalie are now pretty good shots, and they're not beyond throwing in some action-film choreography as they empty their weapons into the little feathered demons. The birds have a new trick, too -- they can now burst into a bloody mess on impact, covering their victims in a viscous red goo for maximum shock and terror effect. It's a more visceral (and disconcerting) flourish than their ability to explode into flames, though there's still plenty of those jaw-dropping moments, too.
You'd be hard-pressed to find more enthusiastic cautionary tales than the "Birdemic" movies. So, for the love of Mother Earth, live greener, would ya?
The "B2" tour and screenings begin at its world premiere on March 28 in Los Angeles, eventually expanding its wingspan worldwide. Check its events page to see when the sequel to "Birdemic" is crashing into your town.
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