The Dead (2011)

This film was a whole lot better than I thought it would be.  It has a few things going for it, most notably photography on unfamiliar savannah and African veldt, a strong enough cast of unknowns (at least they were to me), human characters, and visceral zombies.  What’s not to like?  The cinematography really does shine and there are several well-composed and suspenseful shots.  Return of the slow zombies!  In the opening sequence we witness a scrawny example of the undead shuffling along a dune landscape.  The zombie has a busted femur  jutting from a leg, so how could it move fast?

Actor Rob Freeman is fine as U.S. Air Force mechanic Lt. Brian Murphy who finds himself stranded in a harsh environment on an African coast.  He teams with Sgt. Daniel Dembele (Prince David Osei) who finds himself over his head trying to secure an infected village.  There’s plenty of suspense and thrills as the two encounter gory clusters of zombies.

The makeup is terrific in this film.  If there were CGI sequences I missed them.  The zombies move a lot in shadows, as shadows, and in dark places. Even in full daylight the cinematography is such where the undead move around obscured behind tall vegetation.  It adds to the tension of the film.

Overall, I liked this film.  It’s not a classic, but is different and recommended to fans of the genre.  Great job by the Ford Bros! Yes, see it!

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