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UNCOMFORTABLE PLOT SUMMARY (inspired by this): Halliburton makes more money than ever.

PEOPLE: Written by the same writer as The Amityville Horror (2005), The Machinist (2004), and The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (2003). Scott Kosar mostly rewrites old horror movies, huh? Also written by the writer of the movie Pulse. Starring Timothy Olyphant (the drug dealer in Go, Scream 2, Gone In 60 Seconds, the backstabbing producer in The Girl Next Door), Radha Mitchell (Surrogates, Silent Hill, Phone Booth, Pitch Black), Joe Anderson, Danielle Panabaker (Friday The 13th 2009), Christie Lynn Smith.

QUIRKS: Remake of George Romero’s 1973 horror film of the same title. Good action. A couple fairly disturbing scenes. Not your typical “zombies”: They don’t spread their infection. It’s the water that infects you.

I gotta say, the scene where the couple are holding hands [highlight for spoilers] in front of the nuclear explosion just kinda struck me as super romantic and kind of sweet. Is that weird?

MORALS: If people start going crazy, don’t drink the water.

POLITICS: The government is NOT your friend in a crisis situation. They are the ones most likely to kill you! Just look at Hurricane Katrina for another example.

BAD STUFF: The town became a ghost town WAY too soon. I mean, here we are focused on a bunch of characters who randomly didn’t get sick — yet they hardly show anyone else who shared the same fate. Statistically, there would have to be more than just those 3 or so characters! However, it could be that the government had already infiltrated when this happened. Still, they should have made that transition more gradual.

The movie is in general uninspired — it’s pretty exclusively things we’ve seen before. Now that’s to be expected with a zombie / government containment movie, but still. People have plenty of complaints, and they’re valid. But others liked this one better than the original, and I’m betting I would too.

Still — jump scares and deus ex machinas. Watch out for ’em.

CONCLUSION: The same ol’ zombie / government containment plot. Pretty well executed.

RATINGS:
Clint: Netflix: 4/5 stars. IMDB: 7.2/10. (That is, tempted to give it an 8/10.)
Carolyn: Netflix: 4/5 stars. IMDB: 7/10.
The native public rating for this movie is: IMDB: 6.9/10, Netflix: 3.8/5 stars (Netflix‘s predicted rating for us was 3.7/5 stars–interesting that it was slightly lower).

RECOMMENDATION: If you need more zombie flicks, here’s one.

SIMILAR MOVIES: Most zombie flicks, except the infection doesn’t really grow here. Everyone simply gets infected at the same time.

MOVIE QUOTE: David Dutton: Don’t ask me why I can’t leave without my wife and I won’t ask you why you can.

Mood: awake
Music: Torsten Rasch – Herzeleid