And now for the flip side of an apocalypse (as opposed to the lead up to one from the other night). This is a much more somber movie in the spirit of The Road, but with more emotion. Definitely an independent film. Very low budget, though they spent lion’s share of what they had on their prosthetic and blood budgets as well as their one main set. But they do a lot with what they have.
On the surface, this is a splatter/survival film. There is a lot fighting and blood. WWE distributed it, so what do you expect? But the surviving world is interestingly thought out and the questions it raises, without ever asking them, were intriguing. At its heart, the film dances around the question of what is family, what is it to be human, and what does it take to survive? And, how do all of those questions interact?
I have to admit, up through till near the end, I was never entirely sure what was going to happen. While the writer (Passmore) and director (Aarniokoski) play with tropes, just as often they twist them and surprise you.
No one is going to win awards for this film. It is shot with a faux sepia color filter to give it a burned out sort of Mad Max look (and save on post-production color adjusting). It is a small cast of relative unknowns outside of Monaghan and Ashmore who helped produce it for fun. It is gruesome and harsh, but has meaning and intention. It is as close to 28 Days Later as a thinking person’s horror flick as I’ve seen in a while, but without the fine crafting or solid script (Passmore really should ask: just how many f-bombs does one need in a sentence to make a point before it becomes ludicrous?).
However, I can recommend it as something more than it appears to be. Whether the talent budding here grows beyond this or devolves into the more simple exploitation of blood and thrills remains to be seen.