Netherlands released, PAL/Region 2 DVD: LANGUAGES: English ( Dolby Digital 5.1 ), Dutch ( Subtitles ), WIDESCREEN (1.78:1), SPECIAL FEATURES: Interactive Menu, Scene Access, SYNOPSIS: A freak accident turns a bulk of the world's population into lethal flesh-eating zombies. A small and desperate group of uninfected human survivors take refuge in a vacant casino in Reno, Nevada. Meanwhile, the undead outside become smarter, stronger, and more aggressive with each passing day. ...Remains
- Language : English
- Director : Colin Theys
- Media Format : Import, PAL, Widescreen
- Run time : 90 minutes
- Actors : Grant Bowler, Evalena Marie, Tawny Cypress, Miko Hughes, Lance Reddick
- Subtitles: : Dutch
- Language : English (Dolby Digital 2.0)
- Studio : Bridge Entertainment
- ASIN : B091DKRHGK
- Number of discs : 1
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This is another zombie horror film but it is a notch above many others on offer. To start with, there are a number of well known actors who, although not stretched here, put in a reasonable performance. The story, while hardly original is well told and paced and draws in a number of sub plots along the way instead of following just one group of people. It also helps that the reason for the zombie outbreak is explained, something which seems obvious but is so often dismissed by filmmakers.
For those that like zombie kills there should be enough blood to satisfy, along with the standard of zombies feeding on the uninfected and as things progress, other zombies.
However this may be unfortunately it's undoing as elements that you can pass off or are acceptable in print, in this come off as slightly pantomime and lame if not just a bit farcical (the plank across buildings scene and the jumping into the pool escape come to mind if you've seen it) .
Zombies sleeping or resting at night wasn't all that bad, but they would wake up to order. Music would blast out and they would all wake up at once, however gunfire would erupt and only one or two would seem to react at a time or when threatened with gunfire en-mass they would be kept at bay sometimes but not others.
It gave you the impression they were not mindless, with them being aware of danger (gunfire) and getting into rooms etc, but then they struggle to climb onto a flat bed truck (at waist height) to reach a group of people, which again was inconsistent.
The soldiers arrival scene was rushed, to the point where it may have been better to omit it altogether because you began to feel they were trying to cram too much into a short space of time (trying to illustrate cabin fever and boredom of being trapped in the same environment with the same people, as large as that environment is takes time and this is what eats up most of the movie but unfortunately it doesn't really do even that justice)
Don't get me wrong, as I did enjoy it and Evalena (apart from being hot....LOL) was great as the cow from hell to be trapped with (again very faithful both physically et al to the comic).
Some of the CGI was poor (the truck flipping over on it's return to the City is most memorable as is some of the fires etc), but on the whole if you have slightly lower expectations than perhaps say the Dawn Of The Dead remake (in both effects, acting and general story) and treat this more like a 'camp' zombie flick then you won't be disappointed.
Had some genuinely funny moments which I don't normally care for in a zombie film (don't hold Shaun Of The Dead in high regards because of this) but finding the only car they had keys for and then attempting to get out of the shuttered garage did make me laugh (as an example).
Worth a view if you can obtain it relatively cheaply but just don't expect an edge of your seat horror, treat it more like a made for TV zombie film and you'll enjoy it (although it's far better than Sci Fi channel stuff).
Better than much of the recent zombie garbage out there.
The opening title sequence, with it’s quirky upbeat music sets the scene as the survivors have a laid back approach and don’t panic as in other movies, they just bumble along as though it’ll all blow over in a couple of days. Unlike many Zombie movies, this isn’t all ‘kill and run’ much focus’ on the relationships within the group. Another good feature is that as time passes, so the zombies become cleverer and faster. However it does tend to have a computer game atmosphere to it in places.
The single disc opens to 3 trailers before going to main menu offering just play and scene selection but it doesn’t half make you jump with it’s shock value and driving music. Although there is gore, it tends to be more moderate than most which will not please all. The pace is generally quick, with a few minor slow spots. As a 15 rating it’s a definite *****, but as an 18 it might disappoint if you want the fast pace and tension of ‘Rec’ or ‘Resident Evil”.
This is a movie that did not have anything ground breaking to add to the genre, but could have been a lot more solid in story and execution. Zombie films can, by the very nature of what a zombie is, only really be humanoid looking (in my opinion). I thought for a moment that having the zombies all sleeping of a night was quite a refreshing touch that should have worked a lot better but there were even flaws in how this was used. As stated in other reviews, one moment a whole bunch will wake by noise, but a gunshot in the middle of a group wakes 1 or 2.
I could have forgiven the films little plot holes and, at times poor CGI until I noticed the following......
The main character has 2 fingers cut off during the film to prevent infection.
Don't then let him sit there talking to another character 10 minutes from the end on the stage with all 10 of his little pinkies on show. Terrible glaring schoolboy error.
I would suggest this film for real Zombie horror fans. It's lacking in decent story/effects/acting. The trailer on the DVD I had was for Stakeland. Spend your money on that instead...........