Releasing in 2017, the zombie horror movie Office Uprising, has more problems than a highly unmarketable/unremarkable title – it open-eyed steals a driving story arc in the wildly popular iZombie 2014 – 2016 television series, which is being renewed for a third season.
The plot of Office Uprising goes like this…
“Set inside one of the world’s leading arms manufacturers where a substance is slipped into the employees’ drinks by the board of directors that supposedly makes them work more efficiently.
Due to a slacker within the company, though, they are fed the wrong formula and start turning into homicidal maniacs — leaving the slacker needing to step up his game to rescue himself and his friends from the growing zombie plague inside the company compound.”
So here’s the point of contention with an alarmingly identical plot device in iZombie:
“Max Rager is the corporation in the iZombie (TV Series) responsible for creating the zombie virus. It manufactures a sports drink of the same name. It is revealed that the CEO of the company is aware of their sports drink’s psychological side effects due to some incidence reports and inter-office memos he covered up. He later became aware of the full extent of the side effects and of the existence of zombies when his enforcer returns as an undead.”
To be fair, the Max Rager “sports” drink alone doesn’t cause people to die and come back to life. Hence, from Reddit.com on the topic:
“Max Rager seems to independently be able to cause heightened aggressive response in some people. That alone doesn’t result in zombism, though. The key appears to be with Utopium (Ecstacy type party drug) that’s been cut with something in particular, interacting with Max Rager. The tainted Utopium alone wouldn’t do it, but between the drug, the cutting agent, and the Max Rager aggression boost, you get zombies.”
You’d think the filmmakers behind Office Uprising would be aware of this. But then, when you come up with a name for your horror movie that weak, means you couldn’t think of an original plot, either.
P.S. The makers of Volt Cola™ want their name and logo back…