Decent low budget flick with a hell of a great cast !
This was Travis Bowen's first feature film, and as a first attempt, it is very impressive, especially considering some of the big names he got to act in it. However, as a movie in general, it is a little lacking.It tells the story of a viral outbreak in America, which leads to a total apocalypse and the story of a group of survivors and their quest to survive in this new, harsh world. I'm going to break this film down, to make it easier to review.
Script : It's a good script, for sure. It has some great ideas,and has great pacing and even manages to create likable characters.
Direction : This was Travis Bowen's first feature film, and he clearly knew what he was doing from the start. Although it isn't the best in the world, it's very decent. The man knows where to point the camera, and clearly knew from the get-go.
Special effects : This is where the film was lacking a little bit for me. The blood looks good, but the make-up for the infected isn't the best.
Cast : This is where the film gets interesting. Look at this cast : Conrad Brooks, Joe Estevez, Lloyd Kaufman, Syn DeVil and Robyn Griggs. Wow. For a first attempt at a feature film, it must have been quite the feat to get this many B-list celebrities. Conrad does a great job as one of the lead characters, an infected old man, while the rest are just cameos, but memorable cameos and they all give great performances, especially Estevez.
All in all, not the best, but for a first time try, it's very impressive. Travis Bowen has come a long way since this film. Just check out his second film, Shadows in the Woods, and his newest film The Girl. The man has talent, and there is no doubt of that.
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