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An American mercenary, the sole survivor of a plane crash, has to run the gauntlet across Africa, battling with the living dead.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
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Lieutenant Brian Murphy
Prince David Oseia ...
Sergeant Daniel Dembele (as Prince David Osei)
David Dontoh ...
The Chief
Ben Crowe ...
Dan Ryder - Mercenary Leader
Glenn Salvage ...
Suicide Mercenary
Dan Morgan ...
James
Julia Scott-Russell ...
James' Fiancé
Laura Jane Stephens ...
Drowning Woman
John Dunton-Downer ...
Lieutenant Frank Greaves
Nelson E. Ward ...
Captain Edward Roy Cottridge Parker
Mark Chapman ...
Co-Pilot Collins
Anne Davaud ...
Doctor
Gaal Hama ...
Daniel's Son
Leala Tall ...
Daniel's Wife
Tolu Ajayi ...
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Lieutenant Brian Murphy, is the sole survivor of the final plane out of Africa, which crashes somewhere off the coast of West Africa. The night before, a zombie horde attacked many villages in that area. Brian gathers supplies from the plane crash and travels by foot until he finds and fixes a broken-down truck in a village. When driving, the truck gets stuck in a pothole as zombies get closer. Daniel Dembele, a local African soldier gone AWOL in search of his son, rescues Brian from certain death. Daniel's wife had been killed in a zombie attack the previous night and a local military unit, heading north to a military base, had rescued his son. Daniel agrees to lead Brian to the nearest airport, a day's drive away, in exchange for his truck upon arrival for Daniel to use to find his son. At the airport, Brian attempts radioing for help using the air traffic tower's radio, but he receives no response. Daniel gets fuel for the truck and the two agree it would be best to stick together ... Written by Jess Robertson

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Rated R for bloody zombie violence and gore | See all certifications »

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The original schedule was to shoot the film over a period of six weeks. However, unforeseen problems meant that it actually took 12 weeks to shoot. A delay in the shipping of film equipment to Africa resulted in a loss of three weeks. See more »

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When U.S. Air Force Engineer Brian Murphy dreams of his return home to his wife and daughter, he is wearing a white U.S. Navy service dress uniform rather than the appropriate blue U.S. Air Force service dress uniform. See more »

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finally a zombie flick reminiscent of the good ol' days!
19 September 2011 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

this movie is great. i briefly recall seeing the poster for it a while back but i'd since forgotten about it up until the other day when i took a gamble on watching it and was happy within the first 10 minutes after seeing the style and effects.

like another reviewer stated, the movie is shot on 35mm film, not on digital like modern Hollywood flicks. this gives it a very classic look and feel, reminiscent of the George a Romero film like dawn of the dead in '78 and day in '80.

the zombie effects and makeup as far as i could tell used no CGI whatsoever and the gore, though not too frequent, looks great when it's on screen.

the undead are also nearly always on screen, and combined with their excellent makeup, great camera work and complete lack of unnecessary music, have a very menacing feel as they creep up on the films 2 protagonists.

the films setting is beautiful and a fantastic change from the norm's of busy city streets and urban environments. it is shot in west African locations such as Burkina Faso and Ghana, as well as the Sahara desert. it really is a breath of fresh air in the zombie movie genre.

the story is fairly simple. an American military engineer washes up on the coast of west Africa after his evacuation flight crashes. as the sole survivor he attempts to reach a northern military air field to re-attempt his escape, and runs into a soldier of the African military who is trying to find his son during the chaos.

overall i give this movie an 8 out of 10. and that's only because i wasn't keen on the acting by the American protagonist played by Robert freeman, and a couple small sections of the movie are quite slow.

the film does leave itself open for the possibility of a sequel and i would be more than happy to watch it if it mirrors the quality of this.


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