The Parkers, a reclusive family who follow ancient customs, find their secret existence threatened as a torrential downpour moves into their area, forcing daughters Iris and Rose to assume responsibilities beyond those of a typical family.
With the help of a mysterious pill that enables the user to access 100 percent of his brain abilities, a struggling writer becomes a financial wizard, but it also puts him in a new world with lots of dangers.
In a world where a deadly zombie virus has infected mankind, a single cure has been found. The cure, a treatment called the "Return Protein" which stays the effects of the virus in its host. With daily injections, the "Returned" are able to live as though they were never bit, despite the virus still coursing through their veins. When it is discovered that the protein stock is running low, chaos hits the streets. Returned who run out of the protein turn to zombies and wreak havoc, protestors turn to murderers as they try to rid the streets of the returned, and right in the middle of it all are Alex and Kate. Kate a leading doctor in the field of zombie virus' and Alex a musician with a dark secret, he is a Returned. As death and fear run rampant, Alex's secret becomes known and his dosage runs low, he and Kate must fight for a chance to live before he becomes a zombie. Written by
the abundance of horror films that make their way into the world of film has a slightly more damaging effect on horror stories as a whole when compared to other genres and sub-genres that make up the movie world.
seeing this unfortunate trend, it's no surprise when the word 'Zombie' pops up in a movie premise, most people roll their eyes and already give it a thumbs down. with horror movies (genre) and zombie plots (sub- genre) it really takes something amazing to stand out. the zombie filmmaking platform can range from someone who has a camera, $500, and a bunch of friends ready to be covered in homemade red liquid resembling blood. or, to a major movie studio with a blank check and an endless supply of actors ready to stand in front of a green screen while HD cameras roll. and, of course, everything in between.
fortunately, there ARE filmmakers out there who care more for a story with substance, than a cheap idea of something that's been done too many times to even explain with boring undertones. The Returned breaks through the majority of 'something different' attempts dealing with the aftermath of a zombie outbreak. it has the elements of good storytelling and makes it a point to stress those elements people look for in something new that has hordes of the old surrounding it.
sometimes a great horror story can come from the fact you can almost see it being possible which can make you put yourself in that situation. it's what has always been referred to as 'Movie Magic.' will we ever have to deal with an actual aftermath of a zombie outbreak? to the dismay of zombie culture: highly unlikely. but, could a rare movie come along that has the right elements in the story to make us think that it's possible? according to The Returned, i'm going to go with: yes.
as with other sub-genre movies that come from this same sort of filmmaking, i always like to refer to it NOT just being a great (insert genre) movie, but a great movie in general. basically: if you like great movies, you'll like THIS movie.
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