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PLOT SUMMARY: A virus has wiped out the country, but infected people are still around. Let’s road trip!

UNCOMFORTABLE PLOT SUMMARY (inspired by this): [highlight for spoilers] Wrench-wielding father dooms 2 strangers in an unsuccessful bid to save his daughter.

PEOPLE: Starring Chris Pine (Kirk in the new Star Trek movie) as a far-assholier-than-Kirk older brother, and Lou Taylor Pucci (the main character in Fifty Pills, also in The Informers) as the smarter little brother. Co-starring Piper Perabo as the stupid bitch and Emily VanCamp (Brothers & Sisters, Everwood) as the quiet “other” girl. With Christopher Meloni (Law & Order, Oz, Freakshow in Harold & Kumar, Wet Hot American Summer) as the wrench-wielding dad, and Kiernan Shipka as the little kid. Surprisingly, we’ve seen her as the uncredited Tar Pits Kid in Land Of The Lost, as well as in Lower Learning… Not that we recognize children.

QUIRKS: Probably a more realistic depiction of events than most movies like this.

VISUALS: A tiny bit of gore, but for the most part, it’s just a roadtrip survival horror movie.

MORALS: Nobody will have them when the shit hits the fan. Prepare to fuck other people over so you can live another day. When the world is shit, there is no such thing as right and wrong.

BAD STUFF: Depressing. NOT a comedic horror movie. Some comedy in the first half, but it’s just incidental. It may mislead you to expecting more. Don’t. This is not a comedy!

Nor is it a high-action horror movie. It’s character-driven and dark. Almost a drama.

That chick was a DUMBASS!!! What a bitch!

And it has a kind of ambiguous, but dark ending. Not much is resolved. I like things to resolve, so this hurt a bit… But it really helped drive the movie home. The closing song was a pretty perfect choice too; something I’d never listen to for pleasure, but which I loved when juxtaposed with the plot:

CONCLUSION: This is basically what Zombieland would be if you had no comedy. Or zombies. (You get infected people who kill you if they breathe on you instead.) With a more realistic outlook (and outcome) than most horror movies, this was indeed a somber tale. THERE ARE NO ZOMBIES.

Clint: Netflix: 4/5 stars. IMDB: 8/10.
Carolyn: Netflix: 3/5 stars. IMDB: 7/10.
The native public rating for this movie is: IMDB: 6.3/10, Netflix: 3.0/5 stars (Netflix‘s predicted rating for us was 3.4/5 stars).

RECOMMENDATION: Horror lovers should see this. It’s definitely a cut or two above generic, and a cut or two below ultimate masterpiece.

SIMILAR MOVIES: Zombieland, but not really.

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Mood: laughing
Music: Marylin Manson – The Food Pyramid Song