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Marina Antunes [Celluloid 03.10.20] Canada zombies horror drama

When it comes to zombie entertainment, I'm as jaded as they come. I gave up on the TV offerings long ago and for the most part, the movies feel like rehashes of the same old ideas and while occasionally there's an interesting take on the material, it's been a long time since something truly unique came out of the genre. Enter Blood Quantum (review).

From the get-go, it was clear that writer/director Jeff Barnaby's approach to the zombie movie would be different. And that it is. The story unfolds in the early 80s, on a fictional reserve called Red Crow and follows a group of Indigenous folks protecting themselves from the zombie herds that are roaming the nearby town. The concept here is that the Mi'qmaq community of Red Crow is immune to the virus which has decimated the rest of the world.

The movie stars a who's who of Indigenous talent including Michael Greyeyes, Elle-Máijá Tailfeathers, Brandon Oakes, Forrest Goodluck, Devery Jacobs, and Gary Farmer among others.

The idea of a group of people being immune from a virus is not new but Barnaby infuses Blood Quantum with astute observations and social commentary that are essential to the storytelling but that never feel preachy or overbearing.

Barnaby's sophomore effort isn't quite on par with his debut Rhymes for Young Ghouls (review) but it's a hugely entertaining zombie movie with intent.

Blood Quantum opens across Canada on March 27.

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