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After watching this film I felt compelled to write a short review so that other zombie-film fans wouldn't have to sit through it. To connect it in any way to Romero's 1985 masterpiece is heresy and as far as I could see, the only connection was a zombie called Bud who retained some human-like behaviour. The effects were not that bad and there were some good set pieces but they couldn't distract from the overall mess of clichés that the film was. With most of the action happening at night there was very little of the original's feeling of apocalyptic disaster and the total lack of anyone to care about just added to the frustration of sitting through a film that isn't fit to bear even a nod to Romero's work, let alone claim to be a remake. The only thing worse than sitting through this film would be to be told that someone credited you in it as an influence.
I can't believe that this film has such a high rating. The acting is dismal, even by B-movie standards, I didn't care about a single one of the characters, there was far too much reliance on strobe lighting and flashing effects and the ending was just ridiculous. The basic storyline was fairly reasonable to start with, an underground club in Paris where illegal parties are held by groups of social misfits avoiding police raids. The setting looks awesome at times and there is no denying that in the proper hands this could've been a hit. Unfortunately it is let down by the overall stupidity of the lead characters and just wanders into familiar territory instead of offering anything new. Do yourself a favour, if you want to a see a claustrophobic horror set underground, watch The Descent before you see this or you'll get that deja vu feeling. Shame really, the first few minutes were great.