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Ultra-Violence
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written by andersot December 7, 2004 - 9:47 AM PST
2 out of 4 members found this review helpful
Skepticism abound, but I was impressed how effectively this film was able to use flesh-eating zombies and actually make them scary. A cheesy beginning gives way to a post-apocalyptic nightmare unlike most prescriptive horror films. Oh, and a bit of the old 'ultra-violence' with 'Godspeed! You Black Emperor' pounding away in the background - Brilliant!

Worth Seeing (Maybe)
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written by JMVerville September 13, 2004 - 8:14 PM PDT
4 out of 4 members found this review helpful
Although on initial scenes it may just be another 'end of the world' film, it has a bit more substance to it than most. It scratches the surface of the 'what if' scenario, and was done in an interesting way. It provides one with a new way of viewing Zombies, a new way of viewing the survival scenario and what inhumanity exists when humanity fights to exist (as is seen even most initially in the film, and then culminates later on).

Overall, the film is nothing special, and if you have a boring Sunday afternoon it would be a decent way to spend it. The action sequences are decent and the film makes you think (but only a little). The plot twists become mundane as the film progresses, and the ending is too reminiscent of other films filmed in the same vein.

Overall, a respectable film, but nothing truly thrilling or to be greatly distinguished.

Bring out the good china
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written by thomasadam August 30, 2004 - 12:56 AM PDT
7 out of 8 members found this review helpful
***Beautiful panoramic shots, filmed in crisp digital and backed by a relentless, symphonic soundtrack a la GYBE!***

A homage to George Romero's "Dead" movies and "The Crazies", 28 Days Later picks up the "Horror + Social Commentary" gauntlet. What appear to be shameless incidences of product placement become graceful comments on the absurdity and meaninglessness of consumer culture, a contemporary update on Romero's mindless zombies traipsing muzak-filled malls. Boyles' film is rich with ideas to the point that even split-second shots give fodder for post-film discussion. A goldfish twitches in a near empty bowl while the human characters contemplate a water shortage. Is this about animal rights or coping strategies? Do we keep a fish alive for our sake or its? The protagonists watch from across a river as a team of wild horses races through a meadow. Is alienation from nature the root of all our social problems? "Bring out the good china for our guests" Is it still important to maintain social graces when all that's in your pantry is a bottle of Creme de Menthe and your company represents potentially the only other living humans on the planet?

Boyles' film also works incredibly well on a larger scale, with ideas about violence, society and even sexuality woven directly into the main storyline. Is violence itself a kind of infection? Should the violence that we accept in society (the existence of the military for example) be more closely examined for its own grotesque and frightening tendencies? How is society and its laws constructed, especially in the context of surviving? Etc etc etc.

An intense and thoughtful film on it's own right and a witty and creative homage to boot.

Great Film...
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written by magohn November 2, 2003 - 10:25 PM PST
5 out of 8 members found this review helpful
Really a great film!! Hints of '12 Monkeys' and 'Twilight Zone' but the movie also weaves another sideline story of not every monster having red eyes. Highly Recommended!

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