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The Dead Outside (2008)
A movie with a vision, but ultimatily ends up as a homage to 28 Days Later.
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I thought this flick was 'average'. Not bad at all for it's budget, but it has some big flaws.
No originality at all: The soundtrack sounds almost as if it was taken straight from 28 Days/Weeks later. There's nothing to bad in this, but it just makes you constantly remember that you are watching something that's not even in the same league.
Overacting: The male lead was decent enough, but I found the two females really irritating. The main female overacts WAY too much, and to make it worse she acts like a 13 year old sulking because she can't have the new Miley Cyrus DVD. Put yourself in the characters situation - knowing that you are possibly the only cure for the disease, the only hope for mankind's survival...yet you choose to be alone and isolated in a farm house somewhere. Eventually the bullets/generator will run out and you are done! There's one scene where she's recalling what her grandparents did and it was painful to watch. Almost as if the character was supposed to have some mental deficiency, or actually supposed to be around 13 years old? The other female was a slightly better actress, but it just felt like she was in the wrong movie here. Actually, none of the cast really gelled together, which was what made it so uninteresting to watch.
The way it was shot: I, quite frankly, got sick of the 'artsy' shots being filmed at a slight angle. The director filled the alarming lack of dialogue with constant shots of chickens, planks of wood, trees, fences (whilst slowly zooming in to the background), or the dog barking - which was a pointless 'part' of the film, as they even forget to take him at the end. Take out those parts and the film would have struggled to reach 50 minutes.
The story: We get flashbacks of the males history, yet it's ultimately totally irreverent, as it leads to nothing. We get told toward the start that the drug he's taking only prolongs the infection to make it worse, so surely you'd have to end the movie with him 'turning'? Nope, we get the movie ending with the girl looking as annoyed as ever, and the guy just going into a house and shooting somebody. Earlier on he says something along the lines of "I could never become one of those vigilantes, it's sick". Errr? The infected also still seem to be able to think rationally and be quite coherent, so the barb wire to keep them out obviously shouldn't work, as I assume they'd be quite capable of walking up to the gate and opening it? if it was so affective, then why not just put more where the gate was smashed down by the van and stay at the farm house?
I give it 5/10. Watch-able, but not something I'd end up recommending, or watching again.