12th Dec2015

‘Another World’ Review

by Richard Axtell

Stars: Larry Butchins, Zach Cohen, Susanne Gschwendtner, Davina Kevelson, David Lavenski, Carl McCrystal | Written by Shlomi Aviner, Michael Birinbaum | Directed by Eitan Reuven

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In a post-apocalyptic future, a biological warfare program gone wrong leaves only four survivors defending themselves from “the infected” – mindless killers. As they struggle to survive and make sense of what is happening, they find another survivor, intent on revealing the truth.

I am pretty sure the person doing the voice over for Another World really, really wants to be able to have a deep, powerful voice, filled with awesome gravitas. Unfortunately, they don’t. You can tell they are trying to fake it. They lose the intended impact of their speeches somewhat, being quite cringe worthy at points, as you try to feel that you are listening to deep, philosophical ponderings and try not to giggle.

Another World is another zombie film (or ‘infected’ if you want to be one of those people). If you’re wondering, these infected zombies are closer to the running, screaming 28 Days Later type, not the slow, shambling Romero ones. If you’re looking for a zombie film with plenty of action, this delivers on all fronts. Large amounts of shooting and explosions with running and screaming thrown in for good measure are prevalent throughout. I also like the use of the six days of Genesis (that bit at the start of the Bible) working as ‘chapters’ of the story and breaking the film into smaller chunks.

However, Another World suffers from a severe lack of establishing shots. You wouldn’t think you would miss a small shot in the film which serves to indicate where the characters are, until they are completely absent. Sometimes the characters are in a block of flats then suddenly, they seem to be a in a school, or a warehouse, or a factory. It’s never explained as to where they are, or how they get there which leads to a lot of frustration as a viewer. At one point they leave a flaming city behind, only to be back in a city a few scenes later. Is this the same city? Or are they somewhere else? Near the end one of the characters mentions that ‘if they were in a corridor’ they would be so much more likely to survive, so why didn’t they retreat to the building full of corridors they were in just the scene before?

With the introduction of a few establishing shots, the story would have probably seemed a lot more streamlined and focussed. In its current state it is entertaining, but doesn’t feel like a complete idea and might leave viewers wondering what they just watched.

**½  2.5/5

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