Film Review: ANGER THE DEAD (2015)

Film Review: ANGER THE DEAD (2015)

Jan 8, 2016

IMDb: Age of the Dead (2015)
Director: Francesco Picone
Stars: Aaron Stielstra, Michael Segal, Marius Bizau

Anger of the Dead opens with a mom, Alice (Roberta Sparta), and her daughter having breakfast. Alice goes to take a pregnancy test in the bathroom while the daughter continues to eat. The daughter, which is probably about 5 year old, lets in a zombie and Alice comes out to find the zombie gnawing on the child’s remains. Cut to The Walking Dead credits with similar score. The film then cuts back to the action as our heroine begins her journey through a zombie ridden city. Cut again to four months later.

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Now we join a young woman (Désirée Giorgetti) who is imprisoned and being experimented on. Chained like a dog and then being stripped of her clothes, an unseen person cuts her and injects her. This back and forth is played for awhile coupled with moments of abuse and implied rape. After finding the woman has escaped, the film cuts again to a completely new group of people. This is where the film begins to settle as we meet up with Alice and a new band of survivors that she is traveling with. The two plotlines eventually converge as we discover that Alice and her group are trying to make it to an island where the virus has yet to reach and the mysterious girl is on the run from the man experimenting on her.

Wearing it’s The Walking Dead influence loudly on its sleeve, the film’s font, poster, credits, score, plot progression, and more are of direct influence from the ratings shattering television series and comic book. The pacing of the film is certainly vastly better than the sluggishness of the show, thankfully, and the personal drama is also evolved in a more apt way. While nothing in the film is earth shatteringly new to the zombie genre, the human dynamic is handled extremely well, as are the performances that surround the drama. The believability and realism to the zombie apocalypse in this film is unlike any other film currently out there. The dramatic elements alone place this film above its peers, add in the zombie action and you have a fascinating entry in the zombie subgenre.

The problem with the film is that it is rather formulaic. Director Francesco Picone has put together a very stylish and competent film, but at the end of the day it is just another zombie film. If you are a fan of the genre, Anger of the Dead will make you proud as the zombies are vicious, the cinematography is clean, there are violent, gory moments, and the action is pushed in all the right directions.

Despite everything the film does right, nothing new is introduced to the genre, and this becomes its achilles heel. Do not let Uwe Boll’s name deter you from seeing this if you are a zombie fan as this is one of the better entries in recent memory, just don’t expect heaps of creativity and originality, much like the zombie genre itself.