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Open war against humanity rages. Five survivors, lost and on the run. The pursuit is relentless, the bullets are dwindling and the battle is everywhere. This is a 24hr look into their lives. Fight or die. Starring Dominic Monaghan (The Lord of the Rings trilogy, ''Lost'') and Shawn Ashmore (X-Men 2&3, The Ruins, Frozen).
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This film divides audiences with some finding it too much of a character film than an action film, though once the action commences toward the last third of the film it's pretty intense. Conversely, some feel there is not enough character development and think the film needed to be longer. The biggest controversy involves the cinematography. The production team opted for a color-bleached look much like The Road and Book of Eli, but instead of their sepia look they took it further and made what is in most respects a black and white film. Yes, a little color comes through now and then, but this is still a black and white film and many people don't like that. The box is also at fault for not making clear enough just how black and white this is.
Dominic Monaghan (Lost; Lord of the Rings) was one of the producers as well as acting in the film and he is a welcome presence. The rest of the acting is good, with Ashey Bell's Mary a standout as a lady you don't want to mess with. There are a few surprises and a grim and somewhat shocking ending. It moves by quickly with its bare bones simple story but is effective nonetheless. I tend to like apocalyptic/zombie movies to be as "real" as possible given the scenario. I tend not to like effects laden films with lots of effects and highly improbable villains like Doomday or Mad Max. These can be enjoyed as comic book fare but I don't find them satisfying, purely personal taste. If there were some kind of apocalypse with just a few survivors, this is what it would be like. Simple, basic, no motorcycles or vehicles, no punk rock gear or giant headquarters. I'm sure the simple realism here that I like is also what many people don't like about the film and I understand that.
If you can accept it on its terms it's an interesting film.
One, you had an experienced cast of actors.
Two : Good direction and mood lighting of shades of greys and light blues with very little other color giving the feel of a world gone wrong.
Synopsis : A band of young people wander the countryside in look of food and shelter not to mention protection from roving bands of thieves, murders and yes, cannibals.
What do you expect with no more governments and food in short supply ?
Plenty of action and conflict with a nice twist at the end of the movie.
Highly recommend for fans of this genre of movies.
The acting is passable, but a little stiff, and the characters were a bit too formulaic for my tastes (the silent, tough type with a mysterious past, the grieving husband/father full of bitterness and anger, the token black guy, and the selfish, shallow woman who gets hers in the end).
The action is not the most plausible, with the characters often doing things that no one in their right mind would do in similar situations (i.e. wasting ammo, not shooting at opportune moments, or walking along the open road, loudly yacking away in a countryside known to be crawling with cannibals who are skilled at tracking). The plot has several other holes as well, the biggest of which is the cannibal clan's survival strategy: sacrificing 30 or so of their group to capture maybe 3 or 4 people for food. Even if they consume their own dead, they have enough fodder to pull that kind of operation maybe once or twice before the jig is up. And that doesn't even account for the fact that a small, divided band of untrained klutzes can dispatch nearly their entire force after getting trapped in a location specifically designed by the cannibals themselves. Seriously, was this the cannibal clan's first rodeo? If so, they won't survive such a steep learning curve.
In all, though, it's a great movie for people who don't want to do a lot of thinking and are content with just passable entertainment. I don't regret having watched it, but I won't watch it again either. Rent this on a slow night, but don't add it to your collection. (And also don't pay more than $2.99 to see it).
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Great premise but just not a good movie.Read more