Fido begins with an imaginative premise full of potential, a radioactive cloud from space has overrun the earth turning the dead into zombies out for human flesh. But ZombieCom has managed to harness zombies to do all the grunt work using a collar, that can very easily be disabled. Fido focuses on the relationship between Timmy, a lonely 11 year old boy and his zombie played by Billy Connolly. As I said, Fido begins with a premise full of potential and then squanders it for the next 120 minutes by being exactly the kind of money you expect it to be, showcasing Fido running amuck with multiple killings which Timmy and then his mother cover up for him.
Fido has been described as a satire but it’s only a satire if you think that movies that paint the 50’s as being filled with women who make martinis and care only about social appearances and men who are emotionally detached from their wives and children and spend all their time golfing, is somehow satirical. More accurately it’s tone deaf and dumbed down and by 2006, is just plain overused. Give Pleasantville a lobotomy and you might wind up with Fido, a movie that supposedly critiques a society and yet has absolutely no moral center of its own and whose plot makes no sense, most glaringly when it comes to the behavior of Mr. Theopolis.
Carrie Ann Moss here gives the best performance, not only as an attractive woman, a first for her, but as a repressed housewife, a performance far more lively and entertaining in its paradoxically energetic fragility than her character would seem to allow her. Billy Connolly’s role mainly consists of growling and looking bewildered while pancaked in greasy grey makeup. The rest of the cast is an entirely forgettable collection of stereotypes.
Fido isn’t funny enough to be a comedy and as satire, it’s simply a joke. It can’t even begin to be considered Science Fiction and as far as being a Canadian imitator of Shaun of the Dead, Shaun did come up with the ending that is Fido’s premise but for all its absurdity, Shaun of the Dead moved from not taking its premise seriously to taking its premise seriously. Fido travels the opposite route as it shows increasing disregard for any plausibility or the reality of the world it exists in. In short this dog needs to be shot.