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Interesting Premise Wasted at the Cost of CGI Wizardry
on 29 April 2017
No, this is not the greatest film ever made, but nor does it aspire to be. It's a made for TV affair with a restricted budget. If you watch it with that in mind, it's actually quite enjoyable. The premise of a future that is, at a first glance, indistinguishable from the prehistoric past is rather intriguing. There is a lot of cgi wizardry, good fun if you're into that kind of thing. The vision of a decaying New York, half consumed by jungle, worked particulary well for me. I also liked scenes with the people in New York. The drawn out attacks of the diseased mutants, not so much.
The cast is good, with Sean Bean the undisputable star in a role that suits him down to the ground even though it doesn't ask too much of him. Corey Sevier, Sam Claflin and Annabelle Wallis are nice to look at and don't do anything wrong. But especially Claflin, who plays the intellectual of the group, would have deserved a better developed character. Obviously, the makers went for action and cgi magic before plot. A pity, because with a better script and full use of the acting abilities of the cast this could have been a really nice little film. As it is, it was cheap and perfectly adequate viewing for a rainy afternoon. Don't spend too much on it, go into it without high expectations and you'll likely have a bit of fun watching it.
The DVD is good. Both picture and sound are fine. There are several bonus features, including interviews with the cast and a making of featurette.