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Blood Quantum (2019)

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The dead are coming back to life outside the isolated Mi'kmaq reserve of Red Crow, except for its Indigenous inhabitants who are strangely immune to the zombie plague.

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Jeff Barnaby

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Jeff Barnaby
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Michael Greyeyes ... Traylor
Elle-Máijá Tailfeathers ... Joss
Forrest Goodluck ... Joseph
Kiowa Gordon ... Lysol
Olivia Scriven ... Charlie
Stonehorse Lone Goeman ... Gisigu
Brandon Oakes ... Bumper
William Belleau ... Shooker
Devery Jacobs ... James (as Kawennáhere Devery Jacobs)
Gary Farmer ... Moon
Kent McQuaid ... Shamu
Felicia Shulman ... Doris
Lake Delisle Lake Delisle ... Girl with Joss
Trevor Hayes Trevor Hayes ... Man
Marc Assiniwi ... Warrior (as Marc-André Assiniwi)
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The term "blood quantum" refers to a colonial blood measurement system that is used to determine an individual's Indigenous status, and is criticized as a tool of control and erasure of Indigenous peoples. The words take on even more provocative implications as the title of Jeff Barnaby's sophomore feature, which grimly depicts an apocalyptic scenario where in an isolated "Mi'gmaq" community discover they are the only humans immune to a zombie plague. As the citizens of surrounding cities flee to the "Mi'gmaq" reserve in search of refuge from the outbreak, the community must reckon with whether to let the outsiders in - and thus risk not just the extinction of their tribe but of humanity, period. The severe and scathing portrait of post-colonial Indigenous life and culture that Barnaby previously captured in the acclaimed Rhymes for Young Ghouls here deftly collides with the iconography and violent hyperbole typical of the zombie genre. The Undead are spectacularly and gruesomely ... Written by Toronto International Film Festival

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In the beginning of the movie when Moon asks Traylor what took him so long, Traylor mumbles "Fish Mittens" which is the name of the strip club from the movie "Rhymes for Young Ghouls", also directed by Jeff Barnaby. See more »

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At about 19 minutes in, Joseph is bit on his right arm by an infected drunk at the jail. Four minutes later, they show his left arm bandaged as he's meeting his girlfriend at an Abortion Clinic. See more »

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Moon: The Earth is an animal. Livin' and breathin'.
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Low Budget weirdness
7 April 2020 | by kosmaspSee all my reviews

This movie is not for everyone, so if you want to leave the theater (something you might wish you'd be able to do right now, Quarantine and all), do so and don't blame the movie if it doesn't do you, as you'd wish it'd do you. Don't get me wrong, the movie has quite a lot of flaws, but it also has some neat and interesting ideas overall.

The mixing of native americans and immunity and other stuff really elevate this to a degree. The constant uses of cliches drag it back down many times too though. The beginning though is ripe and rich with tensions and suspense. And then it does something unexpected, time wise ... which I thought a good movie. Unfortunately this new setting does not last long and the ticking time bomb goes off as expected ... Samurai swords (cool) and unnecessary sacrifices included ...


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Country:

Canada

Language:

English | Micmac

Release Date:

16 November 2019 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Blood Quantum See more »

Filming Locations:

Listuguj, Quebec, Canada See more »

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Prospector Films See more »
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2.39:1
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