Rammbock: Berlin Undead (Bloody Disgusting Selects)
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I am a fan of this genre and as such, I try to watch every zombie movie that comes to DVD.
I loved the DVD cover, when I saw it I just had to buy it. Is it a fair representation of what the movie is like? Not really. The movie was seen less at eye level than is depicted on the cover; it's an interesting perspective to take for a zombie movie. Most of the story takes place in confined spaces: an apartment complex with a courtyard. The two main characters go from one confined area to another (despite what it says on the DVD case; they could neither hide nor run). In that sense, they did a good job. These zombies are like a pack of wolves chasing them from room to room, apartment to apartment, ever upward, into an attic then the rooftop. How can you truly run from an infection?
This is basically a two character story involving an average lovelorn dolt named Michael and a very resourceful plumber's assistant, Harper. It starts quietly enough, a bit of sad comedy, yells, gunshots. The epidemic hits a plumber first then suddenly the building is full of them. From that point on things escalate, as would be expected, as it happens in most zombie flicks. The only difference here is the brief glimpses of humanity in confusion, neighbors conversing through open windows high above the courtyard that rapidly fills with zombies.Read more ›
I think you will be pleasantly surprised by this too. It's German, and since I'm a xenophile, I'm happy for anything that doesn't follow an exact Hollywood formula. This will remind you of 28 Days/Weeks Later, but not so much as to be a waste of time.
I like the little touches foreigners put in their films. They made the main character mostly an average guy, but also obsessive over his girlfriend. They didn't waste money they didn't have making the film expansive, but rather kept the film close and tight and quality.
And the pace was good. Not too much for the story it told (like Hollywood would have done), but definitely enough to keep your attention from beginning to end.
The action takes place almost entirely in an apartment block, and this limited framework works well for the film. It's enough, what with a seeming labyrinth of stairwells, attic spaces, apartments and courtyard. The film shows what real people would do in such a situation--it's very un-Hollywood. No catchphrases and Bruce Willis-style heroics. The characters do smart things and stupid things--not due to bad writing, but because sometimes people do stupid things. It rings true.
The main character is a sort of nebbish loser, but that's okay, it provides his character with a chance to grow into a more realized man, a character arc in a zombie film. Who'da thunk?
If you are looking for massive gore, look elsewhere. The zombies in this film are not really zombies. They are more like the infected in 28 Days Later. They are violent and they bite, but there is no sign that they devour human flesh (except for said bites). The gore there is is done well. The acting is really believable. The subtitles are clearly done by someone with a command of the English language.
Well worth your time to rent--and I plan on buying it to add to my collection of GOOD zombie/infected films.
Michael arrives in Berlin to see his gf or ex-gf Gabi. In her apartment he finds an infected Toj Johnson type fellow who attacks. He manages to save himself along with a young man named Harper. They are in contact with other people locked in their apartments via shouting out the windows, which is not good because it attracts Olympic sprinting zombies. From the radio broadcast we find out that this is a rabies style virus and adrenaline causes the virus to go to the brain and make one a zombie. If bit, stay calm and take a sedative. (I can see NORML launching a campaign now.) The movie is about their survival and what one will do to survive.
Michael is torn between the microcosm of finding his gf and saving her forks from harm and the macrocosm of the enormity of the situation. It examines the spectrum of human emotions and what we would do when faced with a full blown viral zombie infection.
This movie also needlessly deals with "where do we go to the bathroom" issue. Clearly this is the German mind at work, attempting to place realism in a zombie flick.
The ending was unexpected which is why I liked this movie. Kudos.
No f-bombs, no nudity, no sex. The blood was minimal.
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When Michael goes to Berlin to try to patch things up with his ex-girlfriend, he gets trapped in her apartment by an outbreak of a virus that transforms its victims into raging... Read morePublished 2 months ago by David Bonesteel
Totally unique in the zombie horror genre. Enjoyed every minute of it.Published 14 months ago by Nick Semenza
Interesting spin on a zombie movie. More of a love story than a zombie movie. At an hour the movie is Very short.Published 15 months ago by ERIC WILCOX
This was a surprisingly good movie, my lady who doesn't like zombie films at all and humors me at times by watching them with me , even enjoyed it so that in itself says a lot... Read morePublished 17 months ago by Unknown
This one has some great strong points, but alas, some weaknesses that keep it from being a 5 star flick.
It's short, only roughly an hour or so. Read more