I'll start by confessing that I'm not a big fan of Horror films. Don't get me wrong, they are cool. I just haven't seen too many of them. So, I'm kind of a newbie to this genre. This one came highly recommended by numerous friends and acquaintances. So, I decided to check it out.
What stood out the most to me in this one was the way it was shot. It wasn't shot on 35mm film, like most films and a lot of the shots were done hand-held, instead of using a tripod. While it's true that other horror films do these things as well, this one pulled off a nice balance between making it feel more personal, but not looking too "low-budget." And they get many props for using a Godspeed You Black Emperor! song in the soundtrack. All of these things give this film a lot of style and mood.
But, let's not forget about the best part of all, the zombies! Unlike the slow moving zombies of other movies, these ones are fast and extra creepy. There are plenty of good scares and gruesomeness spread throughout.
The only thing I wasn't too into about the film was its story. It's all interesting and progresses nicely, until about 2/3 of the way through, where it just takes an odd turn. It seemed like the movie was following this linear progression, until the characters ended up at a military base. There, new characters are introduced and it the plot changes up a bit. I understand the need to keep the story evolving, but it seemed like it almost jumped into a different movie all together at that point.
Overlooking that aspect of the film, I still think it's a great movie, worth watching. The movie's strength lies in its mood and stylization anyways.
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