It seems that the big thing to do in horror now a days is the hand held POV style of filmmaking as to make it seems more real. Ever since The Blair Witch thing I guess people have thought it is the thing to do, I don't think so. Some of these films have been good but I do not know if any have been classic. Of course I could be wrong because I have not seen all of them but from what I have seen most are just ok. Sadly I would say that this falls into that category, this is far from horrible but it is not a classic. On the flip side it is much better than I thought it would be. Still this is the second zombie film from D.E. with first being Romero's "Diary of the Dead", so it should have been a little better.
This film is somewhat of a zombie Pulp Fiction in editing only of course because it does not reach that type of status. Still it is three different stories mixed together rather easily because transitions are smooth. The story is easy enough to follow as the world is being infected with a virus it makes its way to Europe, England to be exact. With that people are actually caught off guard since most did not thing it would reach England, but it did. So the three stories take place all within the same general area around London I believe, three different groups of survivors. All of which want to document what is going on in their world, one of which actually started out as a documentary.
One story follows a group of documentary filmmakers as the event takes place while the others are all about survivors, one of which likes to make time for target practice. This while not original is an interesting tale of three unlucky teams of people. Some have what it takes to live but others will not make it, bad luck, breaking mentally, or what ever leads to the downfall of some. Writer/director/producers Kevin Gates and Michael Bartlett did a good job over all with this film, the stories are interesting and it must have been difficult to juggle three stories from the POV style format. Still the characters or at least some are flat but I guess that does not mean much in a zombie flick.
As for the zombies in this film they do look good and while there is not to much gore when there is some it is good. One shot in particular when they are eating a dude that was sitting in a car looks crazy real, at least to me. Other than that this is just every other zombie tale out there but from three different points of view. The thing I can't get is why people are always complaining about this style of filmmaking, don't like it don't watch it. Also if this happened in real life this is actually how it would be documented.
Any way this is not the best zombie film ever made but I didn't hate it and actually thought it was pretty good. The best way to go into this film is to know that things don't pick up for a while and go in with low to no expectations. I did that and found it to be entertaining enough, plus there are some cool parts in it. Some guy has a female zombie tied up and may or may not have been doing things with her. Also the part with some guy running to his [what he thinks] saving grace when he realizes there other people is excellent. Do I recommend this film is the question and the answer would be yes, but I think zombie lovers are best suited for this not the casual fan.
The best way to go into this film is to know that things don't pick up for a while and go in with low to no expectations. I did that and found it to be entertaining enough, plus there are some cool parts in it.
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