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The Returned 2014

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4.0 out of 5 stars (41) IMDb 5.9/10

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:
Emily Hampshire, Kris Holden-Ried
Runtime:
1 hour, 38 minutes

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From the opening credits we are presented powerful imagery from the past of a brutal, traumatic, and even plausible domestic attack in which a wife and kids are cannibalized by a loved one-turned-zombie.

Shifting to the present, we meet Alex (Kris Holden-Ried; Underworld: Awakening, Lost Girl). He appears in every way to be a regular guy in a regular happy relationship talking about regular things…"it's time we told them," he says to Kate (Emily Hampshire; Good Neighbors, The Cradle). The kind of thing you'd say about informing your family of good news or bad; a pregnancy, an engagement, or even cancer.

Cut to a hospital and we see Kate treating people in the "Returned Unit." Patients, small talk with co-workers, kind bedside manner, "good news" from doctors…everything seems normal until a doctor's advice to parents taking their recovered child home seems just "a bit abnormal," as we are introduced to the fact that this "returned" child is being returned to his parents with instructions to give him an injection every day…an injection for which it is rumored that supply will soon fail to meet demand. Kate assures the parents that everything is fine, then secretly stockpiles the drug at home. A drug that keeps the virus at bay for no more than 24-36 hours.

"Returned" is a household term met with adversity--much like abortion. And likewise, it has it's protestor demonstrations, financial interests and political conflict. Whether "returned" or not--people are scared…people are angry…people are in denial…people are desperate…and people want to live normal lives. Eventually, some people even turn on the people they love.

In this world the threat of zombies is real, and it truly "feels" real.
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I am not a Horror/Zombie fan and had no intention to watch what I thought was a film of this genre. However, my husband said "well, at least its a new movie, let's have a look" so I agreed. What a surprise! This was not a typical Zombie movie. It was more a political statement about what we can expect in the event of a biological disaster, and what an even larger surprise: it was an excellent Romance! What would you do if the one you loved was going to turn into a monster and potentially eat you or your neighbor? You would do exactly what the heroine in this film did. You would beg, borrow, or steal to provide medicine to prevent the loss of your loved one, and you would risk everything to keep him alive. Beautiful representation of love that knows no bounds. Wonderful portrayal of the doomed hero, Alex, by Kris Holden-Ried. He has "soulful" eyes that speak volumes without him uttering a word. Brilliant work by Emily Hampshire as his Doctor lover/soulmate. With her on his side, how can they fail? The snake in the garden: Shawn Doyle's portrayal of Alex's lifelong friend. Love the actor, really learn to dislike "the friend". We need a sequel so that our Doctor can exact her revenge. Not a Zombie movie...good Sci-Fi, romance. Worth more than a look.
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This is a powerful movie that makes a number of timely points about prejudice and "othering" and wealth and mobs and cable news fear-mongering. It gets a bit heavy in some places, heavy-handed in others, and there is a recursiveness to it that, for me, was both refreshing and a little annoying.

What the movie has to say about the human race is far from flattering. The most likable people in it are far from perfect. The cumulative effect is both layered and tight. I deducted a star (would make it a half star if I could) for some inexplicable stupidity. Forehead-slapping takes me right out of the moment. But it was only one part of the movie.
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Well, I thought I was going to get just another Zombie movie...I got a twist, though. We have zombies that are fed a daily dose of a protein enzyme that will keep them human and not zombie out. the supply is running out though. The Returned as they are called are being rounded up and encamped and sometimes killed. We have Fran and her returned husband Alex trying to get more Enzyme. I really loved the story and the performances of all concerned too. Alex is the husband, struggling to live and he is wonderfully played by Kris Holden-Reid, more of this guy please! The wife is okay , my problem is I had a real hard time hearing her, not sure why, I heard everyone else perfectly, played by Emily Hampshire. Oh, I saw the end coming a mile away, but anyway.......
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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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