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quietearth [Celluloid 09.15.07] post apocalyptic zombies movie review

Year: 2003
Director: Jens Wolf
Writers: Jens Wolf
Cataclysm type: Zombies (virus)
IMDB entry: IMDB
Trailer: link
Amazon link: N/A
Post apocalyptic concentration: 7 out of 10
"Mad Max" level: 0 out of 10
Review by: quietearth
Rating: 7 out of 10

Key Characters:
Amy (Andrea Schönherr)
Kusey (Werner Köchel)
Mike (Michael T. Hauber)

Kusey finds Amy in a world overrun by the walking dead, and together they try to live against what seems like insurmountable odds. The only thing left of the civilized world is the government planes flying overhead, bombing the city in an attempt to regain control. Kusey has heard of a group of freedom fighters (also referred to as rednecks) who try and fight the dead, and together they head out of the city in a somewhat random search for this group in hopes of survival and a better life.

The Story:
We start off with Amy reflecting on how terrible life has become, we don't know how long it has been since the zombie epidemic started, but it seems that chaos reigns complete. She can't take it anymore so she slits her wrists and is dying when Kusey finds her and helps, bandaging her up. But he has something better to offer, and that is hope.

"This zombie is eating himself, er itself!"

Oddly enough, Kusey found Amy in some type of underground basement area, so when they head up the stairs they find themselves locked in a video store with a couple of our favorite decaying characters. Kusey throws on a videotape (yeah a vhs) to distract one of them and has a near miss with one behind the counter, but they make it out.

"Finally, a car!"

They head out into the empty city streets at night, and try find a car park so they can get a working car. They hear screaming on the way, but there is nothing they can do. The city is being bombed again. They must leave the city as fast as possible, since they now have more then one threat. They make it into the country, and that's where I'm stopping.

The Rating:
The story starts off very slow and the pace quickens the entire movie right up until the end, which by the way, is incredibly good. It also doesn't keep us confined to one place like alot of movies do, both low budget and hollywood style. This had some pretty good acting and really concentrated more on the morbidity and hopelessness the characters felt, and even though it was subtitled, the dialogue was good. It reminded me of the scene in Brain Candy where the guy's lying on the couch in his psychotherapists office and he's talking about the blackness in his soul in German, and the psychotherapist responds, "I don't speak German".

"Hey sweety!"

The gore was pretty decent, it just needed better zombie effects, less cut-scenes, and more zombie action! That said, I think this is the first zombie movie I have actually seen with classical music playing while they whack the zedheads, it was sweet. It gets a 7 out of 10, and let's hope it gets out of Germany.

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