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Yay! A low budget zombie flick! OK, scrap that yay part...

A zombie movie always sounds like some great fun, no matter how low its budget is. This movie however is anything but fun to watch! The problem? It hardly has any action or other zombie related stuff in it, which is of course an odd thing to note for a movie that advertises itself as a typical zombie and horror flick.

I really have no idea what they were thinking. How is it possible for a zombie flick to be such a totally boring one! Most of the movie consists out of a whole bunch of uninteresting people talking to each other. You can't even call this a survival flick really, since there never is a true sense of danger in this movie. As a matter of fact, it takes ages for them to finally figure out that all of the strange occurrences around them relate to a sudden zombie outbreak, even though all of the early signs were pretty obvious ones, if you would ask me.

And even once the movie turns into a more typical horror zombie flick, it's far from a great one. The one thing that's especially bad and annoying about this movie is that once it's action starts to kick in and the movie makes it seem that things are finally going to get crazy and interesting, the movie ends. I'm not exaggerating when I say that the movie doesn't become anything good or interesting to watch, until its final 10 minutes, which is basically one big tease for something that never comes. Who knows, perhaps they are aiming for a sequel but I doubt that it ever gets made.

It's probably true the film-makers were aiming for something different and more serious. A type of movie that focuses on the origins of an outbreak, rather than on the actual outbreak and mayhem. That's all fine but the problem is that the movie never becomes an interesting or original enough one to follow, with any of its themes, plot lines or characters. It basically has absolutely no idea how to handle its concept and therefore goes for the most formulaic and less daring or original approach imaginable.

So no, don't watch this movie when you expect to at least get some gory zombie, horror, fun out of it. Sure, it has Michael Madsen in it and he's always fun to watch but his presence still isn't capable of lifting this movie to greater heights.

3/10

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About Frank Veenstra

Watches movies...writes about them...and that's it for now.
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