It’s a story about what the world looks like after the Zombie Apocalypse, and it’s a story about a boy named Jimbo.
Really it’s a story about growing up.
Sappy enough? Well, in the realm of movies about Zombies this does err on the sentimental side. While it does have the sort of casual violence you expect from the genre, the main plot points revolve around loss, loneliness and how people deal with change.
The production quality is pretty solid, the world looks blasted without being overdone and the violence is pretty darn violent. What I liked most about it though was the subtlety. Without spoiling too much, the final shot of the boy after the climactic event is cinematic gold.
If you like Zombies and having your heart string tugged rather than having your heart strings tugged out by Zombies, this movie is just your speed.
A bunch of teenagers in a ghost town, full of death and desolation, where adults have turned into zombies. Among them, stands Jimbo (Brad Ashby), madly in love with Sarah Jane (Mia Wasikowska). This is the second short film (the first being Spider) funded by Qoob. Directed by Spencer Susser, who also co-wrote the script with Australian author/director David Michod, this film has been selected in major festivals across the world (among which Sundance ’08) and won 4 prizes so far.
Anytime you blow up a zombie with a flaming arrow you get most of your style points. (Style 5)
A surprisingly sentimental trip into the Zombieverse, not at all what you might expect out a movie driven by the undead. (Storytelling 4)
Everything from the costumes to the setting is stellar. (Polish 4.5)