All Your Dead Ones
All Your Dead Ones opens with the discovery of dead bodies in a man’s cornfield. The premise is incredibly intriguing, but the film regrettably squanders the great opportunity that comes with such a setup. All Your Dead Ones is full of uninteresting dialogue, its pace is painfully slow and its sense of humor revolves around little more than cross-eyed jokes.
The film is clearly allegorical, though its purpose or what it’s allegorizing isn’t. It’s basically a film about a South American government’s inability to make decisions and its propensity to dump its major issues off on the people. All Your Dead Ones also appears to be criticizing slow government response time to emergencies. Unfortunately, the film works only on an allegorical level: the narrative goes nowhere and the film takes itself far too seriously for much of its running time.
Although occasionally funny and inventive, All Your Dead Ones falls flat because of its inability to function as both art and entertainment. I hesitate to call it heavy-handed because one could conceivably (and easily) watch the film and not catch the political references. But All Your Dead Ones feels heavy-handed because, aside from the message here, there’s nothing else to it. Whether you catch the message or not, All Your Dead Ones is a boring film.