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Now I know this sounds like a great zombie-type film and it would have been if it hadn't taken up nearly the whole film to develop. As it was we had a slow moving drama/thriller with a touch of horror at the end that wasn't worth 60 minutes of character development.
Available on a 30 Horror Film Collection.
Parental Guide: No f-bombs. Sex and brief nudity (?).
I cannot recommend this movie in any way.
Want to know how zombies came about? Want to know how all those scientist missed the "thing" that turned into the bigger "thing" ie plague that gave forth those zombies we all love? Want to understand how simple mistakes, oversights, narcissistic motivations and outright sloppiness led to mankind's downfall?.. Then this fairly simple, sometimes B movie soap opera grade take on the beginning of the end is your answer. This is the more realistic version of Contagion in that no one, no less everyone, does the right thing.. that is, self-sacrifice and uber altruism are mostly absent. Hollywoods usual way of making us have faith in the govt, trust in those that are appointed as our saviors and an overall hope that it will all work out are for the most part absent as well.
Ashes gives us a bare bones realistic take on why crap often goes wrong and how the cure for cancer (as in I'am Legend) or in this case the unsanctioned cure for AIDS can go wrong just as easily as it could go right. When it does go wrong, we have to hope that someone anyone will do the right thing for the betterment of the people versus the stroking of there own ego or the coverup of there mishaps.
..the end blew me away, because like i said in the beginning, i realized it slowly but nicely sets up every zombie, plague, TEOTWAWKI movie you have pretty much ever seen...
1. A doctor can lose his license for using an experimental drug on a patient who hasn't given consent, and is basically underage, as the drug isn't FDA approved. So why would a doctor who's so meticulous about his research on this miracle drug up and do something as medically irresponsible as use it on a patient he hasn't treated before (knows no medical history) and where there's no formal diagnoses of what had gone wrong critical or not? Well the answer is that a doctor who is really as good as this one is supposed to be wouldn't do that. He's not portrayed as a mad scientist after all but as someone who adhere's to protocol. So this part of the story doesn't make sense and it nags at one like one big loose end.
2. The disease is passed through blood or saliva.Read more ›
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I rented this film but did not have time to watch, but as soon as I am able to see it will review it. It has got some descent reviews since its release.Published on August 10, 2012 by specialkrp