Saturday, May 28, 2011
Edges Of Darkness 2009 - ** We're conflicted. Is this a zombie movie? The first 10 minutes, and moments interspersed throughout contain zombies. The film takes place during a zombie apocalypse, and yet.....This film, as a quote from Revelations at the beginning tells us, takes place during end days. As such the undead are just a part of the equation, along the way we meet vampires, the horror of technology run amok, a Lara Croft type warrior woman, and the Anti-Christ himself. I guess you could say it is a three part horror anthology like "Trilogy Of Terror" with the zombies as a back drop.This is a low budget production, with the normal level of acting associated with such ventures. The three stories presented are enough to keep one amused for 90 minutes. The story about vampires having the tables turned on them is never satisfactorily explained. The episode featuring the Anti-Christ VS the church is just there, but provides the heft of the violence (amateurish at best), and the computer upgrade horror tale is simply unnecessary and uninteresting. Unless you can view this free, there is no reason whatsoever to spend good money on its acquisition.
Extinction: The G.M.O. Chronicles 2011 - *** There is not a single original concept in this German made film. There is less gore than we are happy with, and no gratuitous nudity either. The antagonists here are the infected not the walking dead, and don't require damage to the brain to die. Having said that, we really enjoyed this film. It is well shot, well acted, and the plot engages the viewer from beginning to end. An American corporation creates a G.M.O. (genetically modified organism) to increase crop production, it mutates spreading to humans who turn into a variety of zombie types. Some are slow, some are fast and acrobatic, and there are some strange mutations that are only hinted at. From there it is a story we've seen a hundred times, a small group of those with natural immunity must band together to survive. But the strong characterizations and believable acting are the saving graces of this production. The characters act pretty much the way you would expect people to in the actual situation. One thing we found interesting was the fact that there is a scientist who holds the key to a possible cure named Peter Bishop; we're not sure if this nod of the head to "Fringe" was intentional or not. The main character Tom Keller is portrayed by German actor Daniel Buder; we wouldn't be surprised if Buder has a big career ahead, as he has all the leading man qualities. The ending of the film leaves open the possibility of a sequel, which we would not be adverse to. This is actually 110 minutes well spent.
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