09th Jan2016

‘Anger of the Dead’ Review

by Richard Axtell

Stars: Aaron Stielstra, Michael Segal, Marius Bizau, Désirée Giorgetti, Claudio Camilli, David White, Ally McClelland, Roberta Sparta | Written and Directed by Francesco Picone

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In a world ravaged by a rabies virus that turns people into hungry cannibals, Alice, a pregnant survivor, along with two other men, struggles to reach an island unaffected by the plague. Meanwhile, a dangerous man is on the trail of a mysterious girl, and Alice soon discovers that zombies are not the only threat…

Anger of the Dead is a hard-hitting political thriller that… oh wait sorry, wrong film. Anger of the Dead is (surprise, surprise) a zombie film! I’m sure you’ve already guessed that by now as it tends to be the case of any film with ‘of the dead’ in the title.

Anger of the Dead is another one of those zombie films populated by people who have never seen a zombie film, and are planning on surviving the great undeadifying of the world by using as little common sense as possible. My suspension of disbelief goes pretty far, but this film went well beyond what even I call plausible.

A prime example: a romantic scene in the film between two characters sat in a car. One character discloses their true feelings to the other only to have a zombie appear out of nowhere and bite them in the hand because they left their car window open. Romantic moment ruined all because of a bit of fresh air. A lot of scenes are like this, adding drama to Anger of the Dead at times which seem too convenient to be likely. Never mind that the characters look completely incompetent (despite earlier scenes showing the contrary) so long as the plot is furthered! This, I’m afraid, is one of my biggest pet peeves in the film industry.

A point in the film’s favour though, I did really like the zombie costumes. They were freaky in just the right way and made me jump, which doesn’t happen too often in zombie films these days.

Apart from that, Anger of the Dead felt like a copy and paste of a lot of other zombie films I have already seen. It didn’t really bring anything new and exciting to the table. I’m afraid I really struggled to watch to the end, just because I felt like I had seen it all before.

Overall, Anger of the Dead is another zombie film. If that’s what you’re looking for, then go crazy.

** 2/5

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