Murphy (Robert Freeman) is the sole survivor of a plane crash. He crosses paths with Sgt. Daniel Dembele (Prince David Osei), who is searching for his son after their village was torn apart by an attack from the living dead. The two men join forces as they travel across Africa.
The Dead is brought to us by new film-makers Howard and Jonathan Ford. The movie was shot on 35mm film, giving it a deliberate retro feel. The zombies are slow moving, and the whole tone of the story is decidedly bleak, a nostalgic nod at early George A Romero films like Day of the Dead (1980).
The scenery of the film is a stunning tour of Africa. The contrast between Africa’s beautiful landscape and blood soaked zombies eating people is visually striking. It creates a real atmosphere of detachment and isolation. Howard and Jon Ford introduced the film on the festival circuit stating they had put 20 years into the film and risked life and limb filming in such a dangerous area.
The special effects are superb, I personally didn’t notice any CGI, and in many cases, real amputees were used to play the role of zombies missing limbs. The gore is not excessive and looks fantastic. The camera work and sound track are excellent, giving the whole movie a polished, professional quality.
Unfortunately, It’s quite boring. There are only two real characters, and we learn very little about either, it’s difficult to relate to invest in them. There isn’t an awful lot to the story, which becomes very repetitive and the pace is slower than the zombies. The Ford brothers get full marks for effort, but overall, the film becomes drawn out and monotonous by the 45 minute mark.
Our Rating: 5.8 / 10