This is a film that actually surprised me quite a bit, when i had initially seen a poster or bus add for it, it didn’t catch my interest and looked like it was some cheesy zombie film. Within the first ten minutes my head did a little turn. I watched it for the first time about a year ago, when i was a little hungover and had the house to myself so i ordered some food, put the fire on and wrapped up in a duvet. I was genuinely and pleasantly surprised. One, there’s a fair bit more satire and wit in this than i thought there’d be, i didn’t expect to laugh as many times as i did. The cast as well was something that really drew me in. Teresa Palmer i’d only seen previous in “The Choice” which for a chick flick wasn’t the most painful thing to watch. Nicholas Hoult of course was on my screen when i was younger as the resident bad boy of the first two series of “Skins” as “Tony”. & of course a few other very familiar faces including mister Dave Franco.
Rating : 7/10
When the film begins we are immediately introduced to our protagonist, and quickly enough are informed that he’s a zombie. Although the tone of the film, the direction and script catch you off guard. It starts to dawn on you that this isn’t a poorly produced piece, and its direction is pretty damn impeccable.
Along with the cinematography, the entire movie has this incredibly satisfying framing and symmetry.
We find out that though our boy is a zombie, he feels strong urges to connect with other, for lack of a better word, people… or other zombies realistically. He continually feels at ill ease and strong alienation. Why cant he too not care about anything and wander aimlessly forever, living out a purposeless existence. As a film student and someone who’s interested in philosophy and philosophical schools of thought it was hard not to pick up on the Existentialist theme running throughout the film.
Through some flashback narrative and real-world jumps in time, it comes to our attention that if you kill someone, as a zombie and don’t eat their brains they’ll rise up and become one of you. But also, finally, a logical sense in why zombies have always preferred brains to meat. As you consume someones brain, you get their memories, thoughts and feelings, fleeting as is it, it temporarily makes them forget their cursed lives and escape. (sound familiar?)
Our other main character the intriguing Julie. R eats part of her boyfriend’s (or ex-boyfriends) brains and then has some kind of cognicent break and decides to spare her and bring her back with him to his make-shift place (an airplane) We learn quickly enough that even before Julie arrived on the scene he was a very different type of zombie. One who enjoys hoarding items and listening to records even in his undead state. And its here, in a pseudo-Stockholm syndomre-esque temporary companionship begins, the scene has been set. Of course Julie is unaware of the reason that our mysterious “R” has saved her.
There was one line in particular that had me in stitches and with such a gigantic smile on my face, At one point when R is lonely his ‘friend’ and fellow zombie asks if he’s alright and when R responds “No”, his contemporary has one of the most perfect replies.
(enter video clip: “Bitches maaan”)
On to the plot, we’ve a few montages of passing time while trapped in a hoarders nest.
Some pop and lock lessons.
There’s a seeming new layer of “consciousness” to some of the zombie’s who have been exposed to a certain element. It rang a little Westworld-esque. (not in quality or insane perfection and intelligence but in the triggering of sentience kind of way.) It’s such an original take on a zombie tale that it has you impressed, the “cure” that is a search of eternity ends up concocting in a situation that would be difficult to naturally arise given humanities urge to terminate or kill anything thats “Different”, (for the film or media students; anything ‘othered’ or ‘subaltern’)when the answer was something that didn’t require mass ammunition. I also want to note that there is very little CGI used in this film, but when it is, its execution is flawless.
We’ve some daydreams. (another thing ‘Zombie’s in this films universe shouldn’t be capable of doing.)
Along with some barricades and apocalypse / zombie inspired graffiti.
This movie will actually take you aback, you wont be expecting the depth or chuckles that are integrated into it seamlessly. Your approach and reaction to the zombie culture will be irrevocably changed too. So dive in, and enjoy (also the soundtrack is something you really appreciate!