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Dead Air (2009)

Logan Burnhardt is the ego-king of the airwaves, but his unflappable persona is put to the test when a terrorist bio-attack unleashes a plague of flesh-ripping maniacs on Los Angeles.

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Radio Host, Logan Burnhardt, starts off his show with off-beat questions such as the whereabouts of the Taj Mahal, and why it is only photographed from the front. With listeners calling in on a variety of issues, he soon becomes aware that terrorists have planted chemical bombs in stadiums and crowded areas that make people violent. He subsequently asks his colleague to travel home to ensure that his wife, Gabbi, and child are safe - not knowing that terrorists will soon take over the building and hold him and other colleagues hostage and force them to make a live broadcast of their real agenda. Written by rAjOo (gunwanti@hotmail.com)

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The term "dead air" is used primarily in broadcasting, be it radio or television, and it defines any amount of time where nothing goes out over the air unintentionally, like silence on radio or a black screen on television. Dead air is considered a broadcaster's worst nightmare, as it eats up precious advertising time. See more »

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When Logan is listing cities shown on the map on television he lists Seattle, despite no dot even being in Washington state. See more »

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Logan: [the radio station employees are barricading the doors with heavy desks. Lucy walks over and sets a potted plant on top of the desks] And that's supposed to do WHAT?
Lucy: Fuck you!
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I Don't Wanna Die
Written by Theresa Walker
Produced and Performed by Theresa Walker and Tim Hall
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Intense broadcasting...
9 May 2013 | by (Denmark) – See all my reviews

Well, if you are in this movie for zombies, don't get your hopes as, as there aren't actually any 'stereotypical' zombies as in shambling, ravenous flesh-eating ghouls. However, the movie does have a strange infection that causes people to become feral and rapid, doing bodily harm and injury to others, much alike zombie behavior, yes. But not zombies as in the usual type that we are used to.

That being said, then I am not saying that "Dead Air" is a boring or not worth watching, because it is actually rather enjoyable. The storyline is good, fluid and fast paced, although the ending to the movie was rather cliché and predictable.

What makes the movie work so nice is the dialog, because there is a lot of clever banter throughout the movie, and Bill Moseley really nailed the role of a radio host quite well, and I was pleasantly impressed. I enjoy most of his movies, but he really pulled off this role quite amazingly well. And it was also great to have Bill Moseley and Patricia Tallman together again on the screen, although in very different roles from their last collaboration.

As much of a zombie aficionado that I am, then I enjoyed this movie for what it was, a sort of early-stage infection movie that could have lead to the zombie outbreaks that we are accustomed to seeing in the movies. The story was well executed, and it did bring up some rather interesting points about how mankind create things often used for destruction, as well as the destructive nature of mankind. Whether or not you pick up on these viewpoints (or even care about them), then "Dead Air" is good entertainment from start to end.

And amongst the callers who call Logan's show, there are some nice treats; they had some fairly great names adding their voices to the show, which was a subtle, but rather nice touch.

"Dead Air" is definitely worth watching for fans of Bill Moseley and for fans of a proper good suspense movie in overall.


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