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Much better than the first
on 21 January 2013
I bought this and the original together and if i hadn't I doubt I would have bought the second. The original film had its moments but the low budget meant the makers could pull off a lot of what they were trying to do which just compounded the problem of a very jumpy confused script.
I actually watched the extras and the two men responsible admitted that they had learned a lot from that first film and so this one was born with many of the issues addressed.
The plot is essentially that a platoon of TA soldiers plus a few other individuals such as the army cameraman who records most of the film are holed up in an old army base having essentially lost the fight against the zombie masses. The countryside is full of roaming bands of zombies but the officer commanding acknowledges that they are probably not as dangerous as the survivors. Following a theme from the first film some of society's most odious characters have survived and are enjoying the lawlessness which has ensued to pursue their darkest desires. A radio broadcast from someone (and here's one of the plot flaws - who?) tells them to get to the coast to meet boats headed for Rotterdam where survivors are planning to hold out through the winter. By some bizarre accident someone leaves the gate open (really?) and the zombies flood in as they tend to at the end of every zombie movie. A handful of survivors make a break for it in an old US military truck (yes, whilst I disagree with the general thrust of the top reviewer there are some issues with military kit the lack of a capbadge particularly rankled for some reason). The film then follows them as they try and make it across hostile territory to safety dodging zombies and a really vicious gang.
Fans of the first film (and such people do exist) will be glad/horrified to learn that Goke makes a return as the leader of the survivor gang and he is in truly horrible form. As if his crimes weren't bad enough he's now training others to perpetrate them. There are two rape sequences in this film. The first is a very clever sequence because it sets up a dilemma for the heroes. The second is truly horrific and probably goes on a bit too long for comfort. Sensitive viewers will not enjoy this film. There is also a backstory with flashbacks to soldiers in protective clothing processing civilians at some sort of facility. I am not sure if it's supposed to be snippets on the same video which haven't been recorded over properly. It works whatever the intent.
There's plenty of holes in the storyline which we could pick apart but overall I thought this worked well. There's less reliance on special effects and where they are used they are well done. I am not a huge fan of the point of view camera trick because I think the character behind the camera often gets forgotten but it works pretty well here. For a relatively unknown cast the acting is actually pretty good. And the fact that it takes place in Winter amongst the snow really adds something. Apparently, the writers had to add lines on the hoof and whole sequences were made up to fit the unexpected weather (one of the characters has never seen snow before). Four stars may be generous but taking it for what it is (a low budget British zombie movie) I don't think it could be vastly better.