26 September 2016 | begob
Survivors of a zombie holocaust travel to an expensive island resort, where the last remaining creatures are kept in captivity, but things don't go to plan.
Jurassic Park of the undead. This was a pleasant surprise, since most zombie productions are basement crud while this production is well paced and put together. We're introduced by an after the fact news report, then we get to know the characters before the action kicks in. The zombies are called pacers, but they sure can move, and there are several effective jump scares as they lunge out of nowhere.
The plot makes political points, but more of the earnest type than Romero-style satire, and while the refugee angle turns out interesting you have to wonder why we would have that problem after a big chunk of the population has been wiped out. Turns out movie makers aren't Marxists after all. Duh.
Some of the dialogue is on the nose, and there's a poorly judged sequence as the characters saunter along expositioning to each other just after their deadline for escape has been set. Also, typical of British horror to subject the audience to irritating joke characters. And some "why don't they just close the door?" moments.
Performances are good. Photography good, although the zombies are a bit tame with not enough bizarro images. Editing on the news reports is irritating to begin with, but otherwise fine. Music was lively.
Overall: not perfectly conceived or executed, but good entertainment.