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T500FC, 447th: Rammbock [Siege Of The Dead] (Marvin Kren, 2010)

March.12.2011

I remember that one of the Dead film series introduced the idea of a suffocating mall versus zombie scenario. It was literally big but in a sense, it felt like it was small because there was, in a way, no escape. A few years ago, a more suffocating Spanish zombie film came out. Jaume Balaguero and Paco Plaza’s [REC] was a hit worldwide, even if it wasn’t distributed mainstream, it still gathered approving nods. U.S. bought the rights of the movie and came out with John Erick Dowdle’s Quarantine, a remake of [REC]. [REC] also had a sequel, [REC] 2. And it doesn’t end there; Germany comes out with its own version, directed by Marvin Kren.

An almost short story, running time is 59 minutes only; Siege Of The Dead is a love story cum horror of a man who seeks for a loved one in another town. Murphy’s law shines upon him and he was trapped in a small place where an outbreak occurs. A few people, in the building where the man went, had symptoms that look exactly like the common zombie virus. Eventually the man had two dilemmas, one is how he would find his loved one and the other is on how he would survive the occurring nightmare in the area.

I almost enjoyed this film; one factor is that I am a zombie fan. I think it has something to do with what the film tried to say. The subplot of the movie is quite new to my taste. I never knew that they were able to execute a love story in the world of zombies. In fact, the zombies in this film are tamed down and it was idiotically funny when the climax came. And I just remembered that there are other zombie films out there where the love story is ingeniously inserted in the film, so scratch that.

It was also effective to use the [REC] style, where everything was just shot in a small setting. We’ve been used to the run and gun style of zombies and people greatly featured in Edgar Wright’s Shaun Of The Dead and Ruben Fleischer’s Zombieland. And since this one has a big constraint both for the humans and the zombies, the director, or the scriptwriter, toned down the madness of the flesh-eaters, to the point that at one instance, the old lady zombie was mumbling understandable words.

Though the idea of this film looks great, I’ve already seen the same stupidity of the characters and much more as a whole. And since I am an honest to goodness zombie fan, I still appreciated how it was executed.

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