The first few minutes were promising: the documentary tone and the determined family looking after their zombie son seemed to set up a coming apocalypse or at least brutal family tragedy.
Well, we did get that tragedy and apocalypse yet nothing about the 'film' changed...it continued its boring-as-hell documentary style, sometimes switched to 'cinema' style (tho' it was filmed exactly the same way).
Lots of things wrong with this utter waste of time:
- people talking into the camera, constantly, is simply dull.
- no sense of how to use music...it was all over the place.
- very poor sound effects. As with the music there's no UMMFF!
- roly-poly choreography. Your average kid playfights with more conviction than the 'fight' scenes offered up here.
- cheap-looking zombie masks...you see better at Halloween parties.
- no sense of drama or pacing at all. Certainly no sense of horror.
- the attempts at humour probably looked witty on paper, but it just didn't work. It was all too self-aware.
- extremely poor camera work & uninspired lighting. Random focus and constant irritating shaking to hide the lumbering 'action'. I use cameras myself and could've guaranteed a more engrossing experience: you need to consider the angles, lighting, choreography and timing the camera movements, not to mention solid sound mixing and editing.
- the one single attempt at shock-gore fell so awfully flat.
- the only definable character was the mother, and she was only playing a two-dimensional mother archetype.
The actors themselves displayed at least a modicum of ability, certainly competent enough to be in a far better film, but there were too many of them. The 'gangster' characters were especially pointless.
For a budget of 100k you can do a lot more, better to go for less cheapo make-up and fewer cast members, and focus on the cinematography with a good editor. See "Rammbock", which had a similar budget.. It's not great but good enough to showcase directorial talent for future projects.
1 point for the idea, but there's nothing else to score it, making this probably my only 1/10 film, and teaching me a valuable lesson not to impulse-buy titles I've never heard of from the cheap bins.