State of Emergency

December 18, 2012 - 12:40 pm No Comments

State of Emergency
Director: Turner Clay
Distributor: Signature Entertainment
Running Time: 86 minutes
Reviewer: Theresa Derwin
Released on Boxing Day, this lower end budget zombie film surpasses its budgetary constraints with a strong script, equally strong performances and solid direction.
Jay Hayden as Jim evokes the panic and grief inherent in the zombie apocalypse as he attempts to survive. Revealed through a series of flashbacks and news footage, we find out that an explosion has occurred at a chemical plant in Montgomery County releasing a toxin that has transformed a majority of the locals into zombies.
This film is a nice addition to the zombie genre, oozing atmosphere through use of sepia tones, an escalating tension and a sense of isolation, particularly before Jim manages to find other survivors to interact with. There is an air of sombre decay to the film and the zombies themselves are very realistic in a 28 Days Later way and half way through, as we learn more about the zombies, there are intriguing surprises in store for the viewer. The script is character focused, and though the action is comparatively low key, this is an original, intelligent slant on an overpopulated genre.
We do have the clichéd ‘go outside to fetch medicine’ scene and it would’ve worked better overall if the film hadn’t started with the knowledge Jim is alive four days after the apocalypse, these minor quibbles do not detract from the impact of this DVD.
Well worth watching.

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