This cheap British zombie film (with a bizarrely starry cast) tells a gripping story with some admirably weird touches. Whereas scenes of zombies (or ‘hungries’, in the parlance of this film) congregating in shopping centres, is straight out of the big ‘Let’s turn George Romero’s work into clichés’ manual, zombie children and dangerous plants growing up the side of BT Tower feel like something more from J.D. Ballard.
A fungus-based virus has decimated mankind, turning most people into carnivorous monsters. Except there are some children in this new world who seem to be both zombie and human. Scientist, Glenn Close, wants to experiment on these children; soldier, Paddy Considine wavers between guarding them and destroying them; while teacher, Gemma Arterton is the voice of compassion.
Undeniably it’s a flawed film. The ending is oddly cheesy and, given how crucial the part is to the narrative arc, Arterton’s role feels oddly unwritten (or at least, like a lot of it has been left on the cutting room floor). Yet in amongst a lot of stuff you’ll have seen already if you’ve watched zombie films, there is some true originality which makes this film well worth your time.
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