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  • Actors: Rob Freeman, Prince David Oseia
  • Directors: Howard J. Ford, Jonathan Ford
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: Platform Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 10 Oct. 2011
  • Run Time: 101 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (131 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B005DZIMT8
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 21,254 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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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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While there has undoubtedly been a resurgence of the zombie genre in the last decade, there have been a lot of flops that threaten to end this resurgence quicker than a zombie outbreak in a built up area. One franchise that sticks out like a sore thumb is the Resident Evil series, or as I call it "an exercise in showing the director's girlfriend Milla Jovovich in as many over-the-top action shots as possible....plus zombies...at times". Films like this simply do not appeal to me, but then again maybe I'm not the target audience - which is presumably pimply teenagers who can't cope with complex plots and scenes that don't involve explosions every 30 seconds.

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.
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A lot of people watch zombie films to be frightened or to have a bit of a laugh knowing that this is a fantasy genre in the cinema: zombies don't really exist,they're a figment of the imagination that is fed by successive directors/producers and even amateur film makers with the object of making money from us,the public.

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.
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I like zombie films, of all different types, and this is certainly different in its sparse African setting but unfortunately the film just didn't hit the spot for me in any area. Some of the cinematography is surprisingly great for a Zombie film, even stunning at times, but most of us aren't here for that and without characters or a story line that we care about, the backdrop is wasted and the impressive wide open spaces swallow the film whole.

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.
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Whilst I am a lover the tongue in cheek, dispatch them in amusing ways type of zombie movie (which is definitely the way Romero has been going), this harks back to the bleak apocalyptic style that packs so much more punch. So real in the execution that I was barely aware of any acting going on, it was more like watching horrifying reality. All the make-up and effects looked real and being set in such an unusual location lent the whole thing an air of the unknown and dread. Fans of things like Resident Evil will not like the lack of slam bang action but if you like the original Dawn Of The Dead or 28 days later I think you will be gripped, there are plenty of intense and gory scenes. The jump frights are genuinely "throw you back in you seat in terror" moments rather then "make you jump then giggle" types. Beautifully shot from start to finish and very powerful. Well done to everyone involved and thanks for such a brilliant ending that actually made me gasp with emotion.
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