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quietearth [Celluloid 11.22.07] post apocalyptic zombies movie review

Year: 2005
Release Date: November 27th (DVD)
Director: Jason Bounds (aka Jason Hack)
Writer: Jason Bounds
Cataclysm type: Biological/Zombies
IMDB entry: IMDB
Trailer: N/A
Rating: 7 out of 10
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Key Characters:
Frank Chambers (Ken Edwards)
Douglas Copeworth (Jason Brenzier)
Patient X (Caitlin Cagle)
Cort McCandless (Blair Cox)
Caleb Morton (Avi Hartman)
Elise Tooley (Melissa Holmes)
Patricia Lumley (Paula Kavanaugh)
Jason Cronauer (Robert Lambert)
Jackie Ames (Sarah Paige)
Helen Stockton (Lyn Pierce)
Malcolm Ruger (Wade Rowland)
Harvard Scopes (Tom Spry)

What we later find out is an airborne agent infects most of the populace, immediately turning them into flesh eating "zombie-like" creatures. Fortunately, a portion of people are naturally immune. With the immediate change, many die, but some survive, running for their very lives. This is the story of Frank Chambers, whose carrying what looks like his daughter, to an abandoned steel mill where he holes up with a group of survivors.

The Story:
What we assume is a nurse receives a phone call where she keeps saying "yes sir", so we get the implication this is important, and military. The siren goes off and immediately the nurse starts feeling sick, holding her throat. In a matter of seconds she attacks the doctor next to her, killing him almost instantly.

Next we cut to a shot of our main character and hero, Frank Chambers, in the parking garage headed toward his car. We can hear the same siren, and theres lots of people in the garage having the same reaction as the nurse. They all head for Frank, but luckily he's armed. He shoots a few of them and escapes, having to hotwire the thing. Next we see him carrying someone over his shoulder in hopsital scrubs who we think might be his daughter, but later turns out to be "Patient X". He's running and shooting zedheads at the same time.

Next cut he's in the abandoned steel mill running and shooting again and heads in a doorway where a bunch of other people are gathered, one of them being dragged away before he can get through the mob. This starts a long series of interaction, fear, and planning by the group as they try to figure out what's going on. They also Patient X to wonder about, seemingly an albino child, and her seriously odd traits.

The Rating:
This moves from what looks like a low budget zombie buffet to a well done flick in about 10 minutes flat. At first it reminded me of zombie night with the same kind of quick shift to an immediate post apocalyptic setting. But that and the factory they hide out in are about the only resemblances. We have a strong black character leading everyone, an obvious homage to Night of the Living Dead.

There is also a reference to a concept which has not been explored in film and would be great for the sequel. I thought this movie just got better the further I got into it and I give it a 7 out of 10. I really want to see a sequel, in fact I DEMAND A SEQUEL!

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