Sunday, September 7, 2014

The Dead 2 (Anchor Bay Blu-ray)

I was a big fan of The Dead, the socio politically aware zombie flick, filmed in Africa from the Ford Brothers. Sure it was slow moving at times, but for the most part the undead looked good, the message was fairly clear (though I've heard it said that the message was pure speculation) and it had an appropriate amount of tension. I had the chance to see The Dead twice. Once as a screener on my computer which was a dark, claustrophobic experience that left me feeling intimidated and moderately uneasy. I liked it. Good premise, and though the zed market was super saturated to rock candy levels, it stood out. The second viewing was on the big screen though it was a digital release at the Exhumed Films 24 Hour Horrorthon. They really don't do digital, but they made an exception and even announced the screening ahead of time to allow fans to plan their October itinerary. For a large crowd it was clear too slow, too downtrodden and simply not fun enough. That's what zombie movies really want to be... fun. Well fun or aware and aware movies work great at film festivals trying to win awards, but maybe not so great in a room full of film fuckers waiting for Raw Force 2.

Now we have The Dead 2 from the Ford Brothers coming September 16th to Blu-ray and DVD. It looks great. It's a modern movie shot by a good team, this time in Mumbai. The problem? It plays out in the very same way as The Dead though perhaps a bit more upbeat at times. More action. The zombies haven't mutated. They don't run. The social problems underpinning the zombie outbreak are still the chief problems for the protagonist and the overall feel is through the floor hopeless and depressing. Again, this will work very well for those of you who like to think while watching movies, but it poses the same questions and reveals similar answers as The Dead only in a different locale. It isn't a fun picture. You will not feel good at the end. It still cuts through the oversaturated zombie market though.

The disc features a making of feature and deleted scenes.

If you enjoyed the Ford Brothers first effort than this is worth checking out, but I warn you not to expect a complete revision or revolution. This is very similar to the first installment. Do not expect fun. Do not expect a strong lead. Do not expect double tap or zom com rom mom.

You can order The Dead 2 now arriving September 16th.

Synopsis from Anchor Bay: A ship docks fresh from Somalia which contains one infected worker that passes unnoticed into the very heart of India’s overpopulated bustling streets, setting off an unstoppable chain of events. Meanwhile, American turbine engineer Nicholas Burton (Joseph Millson, Casino Royale) is working in the stark yet tranquil Indian countryside when he receives a call from his love Ishani (Meenu), a local girl who lives on the outskirts of the slums of Mumbai and who has hidden their relationship from her tradition-minded father. She reveals she is now pregnant and scared for her life as chaos and terror have taken ahold of the cities as the deadreturn to life and attack the living. Nicholas has to battle his way across their 300 mile landscape filled with flesh-eating – and infectious – undead. With the help of young street kid Javed (Anand Goyal), he has to rely on his wits and sheer brute force to try and save them all, as the clock ticks off the minutes before the last flight out of a living hell...

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