The Returned 2014 NR CC

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(34) IMDb 5.9/10
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A zombie virus has infected the world. The only cure, a daily shot of the "Returned" protein. As stock of the protein runs low, chaos hits the streets. When Alex's dosage runs out, he must fight for a chance to live before he becomes a zombie.

Starring:
Kris Holden-Ried, Emily Hampshire
Runtime:
1 hour 39 minutes

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The Returned

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Product Details

Genres Drama, Thriller, Horror
Director Manuel Carballo
Starring Kris Holden-Ried, Emily Hampshire
Supporting actors Shawn Doyle, Claudia Bassols, Melina Matthews, Paulino Nunes, Barry Flatman, Paul Anthony, Jamie Lyle, Phil Guerrero, Emily Alatalo, Stephen Chambers, Romy Weltman, Mark Schardan, Brian Mifsud, Evie Moores, Rayvin Nyte, Michael Cleland, Jack Sansone, Joseph Wynne
Studio Uncork'd Entertainment
MPAA rating NR (Not Rated)
Captions and subtitles English Details
Rental rights 7-day viewing period. Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

Customer Reviews

The pace is very good.
bz
I'm so glade that I didn't spend 4 bucks on this movie I caught it on Netflix .
Rating My Best Pick
Not a Zombie movie...good Sci-Fi, romance.
Carolyn

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By The Movie Guy on February 27, 2014
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During the first zombie outbreak that we don't get to see, over 100 million people died. A drug was found to control the disease. There is a catch. The drug must be injected every 36 hours or the person reverts. There is a short supply of the drug as it is derived from the spinal column of dead zombies. Kate (Emily Hampshire) is a doctor who treats "the Returned" and has a boyfriend Alex ( Kris Holden-Ried) who is a music teacher and one of them.

Kate buys treatments under the table. She has to battle against the societal prejudice against "zombies" which has become a politically incorrect word. It takes about 40 minutes to develop the plot and character.

The film has parallels to homophobia and various prejudices, after all who wants their sister to marry a zombie? There are anti-return groups and killings.

The main problem is when the movie picks up it still moves slow. I kept waiting for something to catch and hold my interest. The ending was a yawn in spite of the attempt at being a dramatic twist. Not exactly a zombie film.

Parental Guide: F-bomb. No sex or nudity
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8 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Suzanne Metaxas on February 19, 2014
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This movie has some bloody scenes but it is not the focus of the movie. The few zombie scenes that are shown are not for shock value but to make the viewer understand the emotional turmoil the characters are facing. Some of the flash back shots could have been left out since they took away from the moment rather than adding to the heightening how you felt. The story that the movie tells is one of interactions between people, how we love defines what we are. The film asks the question, when do we lose our humanity and start to give in to our baser instincts? Kris Holden-ried and Emily Hampshire make you care for their characters and their struggle. Shawn Doyle and Claudia Bassols play their roles well and have you asking yourself, What would I do? David Tompa has a very small role in the film as the father of a young returned, he does a great job making you feel his characters pain. You may be disappointed if all you are looking for blood. guts and gore; but if you are looking for a well made movie about human struggles then this is the film for you!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Brian on September 30, 2014
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Modestly compelling zombie drama ('zama'? 'drombie'?) 'The Returned' (2013) will more likely appeal to fans of television's latest crop of serialized sci-fi hybrids than to those who like to sink their teeth into well crafted cinema of any particular genre. Passing attempts are made at graphic blood-and-guts vignettes, presumably to remind the viewer that amidst the various social and personal anxieties attendant to living in a zombie-ridden world there are actual flesh-eating baddies out there, though they were once somebody's parents, nephews, co-workers, spouses, etc. There is, however, too much grade-school moralizing and prolonged genuflection to maintain anything but small-scale suspense, and so we drift from platitude to dead-end analysis and back until things, predictably, unravel for our luckless yuppie heroes-- e.g., with teams of black-SUV-mounted, martial-law-happy agents closing in to round up all the infected who are provisionally cured (i.e., 'the returned') and march them off Gestapo-style to internment camps to wait out a catastrophic antivirus shortage, the protagonist scolds her targeted husband for wanting to arm himself: 'I will not have a gun in this house!' she shrills. (Characters like that, in circumstances like those, although they seem to abound in films like these, need to be beaten politically unconscious with a horsewhip constructed entirely of their own self-righteousness.) Now, on the positive side, for an inexpensive indie TR is impressively shot and reasonably well acted, and for those factors it earns 2-plus stars.

Note: I docked 2013's 'The Returned,' a Spanish-Canadian co-production, a half-star for its striking similarity in theme to 2004's French feature 'The Returned' (a.k.a., 'They Came Back'), which also has story-and-script-related problems, even though the former is arguably the better movie.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Arretamador on March 18, 2014
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This is not a horror movie, it is more of a drama, tragedy with some gore but not lots. I loved the main character. He is just charismatic and conveys emotion in a raw genuine way. The story is unique, not what I expected. I didn't like feeling sad at the end.
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10 of 15 people found the following review helpful By carol irvin TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on February 26, 2014
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There is a BBC series, IN THE FLESH, that reminds me of this more than any other zombie show. Zombieism here is a virus. Victims have been controlled for a long time by an expensive drug they need to take daily. Some people in society find the whole thing too expensive and resent having to carry the financial burden. They become vigilantes who kill some of these people to eliminate them as a blight on society. When word comes that the drug is running out of supply, many zombies in remission fight to get the remaining doses for themselves or their loved ones away from others. The vigilantes are in their element. This really is not all that far removed from a consideration of the AIDS virus in society. There are only a few scenes of zombies in action and they are done as artistically as possible. The lead character is a doctor. There could be a sequel coming as there are some scores to settle at the end of this film.

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