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


Howard J. Ford, Jonathan Ford (co-director) (as Jon Ford)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Rob Freeman ... Lieutenant Brian Murphy
Prince David Oseia ... Sergeant Daniel Dembele (as Prince David Osei)
David Dontoh David Dontoh ... The Chief
Ben Crowe Ben Crowe ... Dan Ryder - Mercenary Leader
Glenn Salvage ... Suicide Mercenary
Dan Morgan Dan Morgan ... James
Julia Scott-Russell Julia Scott-Russell ... James' Fiancé
Laura Jane Stephens ... Drowning Woman
John Dunton-Downer John Dunton-Downer ... Lieutenant Frank Greaves
Nelson E. Ward Nelson E. Ward ... Captain Edward Roy Cottridge Parker
Mark Chapman Mark Chapman ... Co-Pilot Collins
Anne Davaud Anne Davaud ... Doctor
Gaal Hama Gaal Hama ... Daniel's Son
Leala Tall Leala Tall ... Daniel's Wife
Tolu Ajayi Tolu Ajayi ... Major Mayhem


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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truck | radio | village | africa | zombie | See All (103) »


The feeding begins.

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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 »


In the opening scene, Murphy walks past the first zombie, then shoots the second zombie in the forehead, killing it. It falls to the ground and lies motionless on its right side, with its left shoulder in the air, and both arms in front of its face, which is pointing into the sand. Then the camera cuts to closeup, and the same zombie is now lying on its back with face pointed toward the sky, and its arms away from each other on opposite sides of its torso. See more »


Lieutenant Frank Greaves: the noise you hear is them, i'm sorry my friend i have to go
Lieutenant Brian Murphy: No Frank!
[last lines]
Lieutenant Frank Greaves: My god be with us!
[last lines]
Lieutenant Brian Murphy: Wait!
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Followed by The Dead 2: India (2013) See more »

User Reviews

If zombies actually existed I think it would be like this movie. I don't like zombie movies but this was great Watch it. I say B+
1 January 2012 | by cosmo_tigerSee all my reviews

"I'm just trying to survive." Lt. Brian Murphy (Freeman) is part of the last evacuation plane out of Africa. The country is in a war where the dead come back as zombies. When the plane crashes he is the lone survivor and now he needs to make it to the airport on his own. When he meets a local sergeant they decide to work together to make it to safety. I will start by saying that I have never really liked zombie movies (except for "Shaun of the Dead"). The "Dawn Of The Dead" and "28 Days" movies never were my thing. This movie however was great. Much like the movie "Let Me In", which I thought was what the world would be like if vampires actually existed, this movie is the most "realistic" zombie movie I have ever seen. If zombies did exist I think it would be like this movie and not the glorified gore that other movies show. For someone who doesn't like movies like this I was very impressed. Overall, one of, if not the, best zombie movie I have ever seen. I recommend this. I give it a B+.

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Release Date:

1 October 2011 (USA) See more »

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Burkina Faso See more »


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Dolby Digital



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1.85 : 1
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