The Dead [DVD]
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An American mercenary, the sole survivor of a plane crash, has to run the gauntlet across Africa, battling with the living dead. Joining forces with a local military man, desperately searching for his son amongst the chaos, they fight together to survive, in the first Zombie Road-Movie set against the stunning backdrop of Africa.
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Fortunately, The Dead takes a slightly more subtle approach and charts the attempt at survival by two main characters as they trek through a zombie infested Africa. Much of the film focuses on the journey to an airbase - which offers hope of an escape together with the promise of reuniting one of the characters with his son. Throughout this time they must work together to battle the scattered undead as well as the harsh African environment. Realistic issues such as whether they should use the last of their water in their vehicle or as drinking water are typical of the subtle drama that features in this film. As for the zombies themselves, they are the classic "shambling" type seen most commonly in Romero movies, and they create a suitable amount of growing dread as they converge on the two men. As with most successful horror films, it doesn't need buckets of blood to be scary - just seeing a blurred group of zombies in the distance creates a constant feeling of fear and a reminder that the characters cannot risk stopping in any one place for more than a few minutes.Read more ›
This film is so well done you almost believe it could have happened.The gore is very realistic,the trauma very much like scenes from a road accident or a shooting outrage.
It's not over the top,just horribly realistic.
The film is set in rural Africa:there are no supermarkets to plunder for food and not much in the way of transport.It's totally different from George A. Romero's Trilogy of the Dead [DVD] or 28 Days Later/28 Weeks Later [DVD].
The Ford brothers have successfully given the film the feeling of isolation from civilization,and this adds to the uniqueness of the production.
Even if you're not a zombie film fan(I am not)this has much to offer.As in some of Romero's films the actors here are largely unknown and have done an excellent job handling their roles.It's certainly worth a watch.
The story is simple - a plane crash above an African desert leaves an American soldier stranded and fighting his way through a zombie-infested desert to find salvation/a way home. He meets an African soldier searching for his son and you can pretty much guess the rest. Nothing else really happens and it's not easy to care either way..
The film is very slow paced and while this mirrors and catches the setting of a desolate, vast space there isn't enough happening to make the long journey worth while. For this reason the film seemed to drag and it strikes as a wasted opportunity - zombies were essentially born out of Africa but even this isn't really touched on.
I can appreciate the older slow-moving zombie type (such as we ave here) as much as I can the newer breed of fast paced super zombies of recent years but there has to be at least some suspense and scares either way and, unfortunately, this film lacked them entirely for me - just some standard run-of-the-mill gore that had little impact.
If you love all types of zombie movie and can get it dirt cheap then add it to your collection, otherwise look for something with a bit more punch/suspense.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Rubbish, terrible acting, like the worst Zombie films of the 70's switched it off half way through.Published 2 months ago by Monica
I really enjoyed this and then purchased 'The Dead 2' Both are great films.Published 2 months ago by Mr J D Wright
The film is as bad as the so called blu ray quality picture. Don't waste your money.Published 6 months ago by Keith
Although 'The Dead' is certainly a chop-em-up zombie movie it tries to focus more on the two lead characters trekking across Africa in search of missing family. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Ozzieal
a different slant on a end of world theme not exactly the walking dead but a good yarn non the less.Published 8 months ago by redneck Hammond
This is an intelligent and well made film, that strays from the usual tired old 'zombie' path to create an interesting story of survival amid chaos. Recommended viewing!Published 10 months ago by Mr. C. Davies
Actually quite a good zombie film with a decent backdrop (Africa) instead of the usual US city etc Decent enough cast too and the zombies were reasonable (apart from the munching... Read morePublished 12 months ago by Andrew Buckle