So what is the verdict? Well, a very mediocre five out of ten stars.
"Redcon-1" from 2018 fails to stand out in the zombie genre. It essentially is as bland as it possibly could be, and that is not an overstatement. It felt like writers Chee Keong Cheung, Steve Horvath and Mark Strange sat down and watched every possible zombie movie from the last decade or so, scribbled down what seemed to work and then compiled notes. Everything in "Redcon-1" have been seen before, and there was no originality to the storyline, which meant that director (and writer) Chee Keong Cheung just mustered a mediocre movie.
This wasn't a traditional zombie movie, as these were 'infected' and not 'zombies', which isn't really my favorite cup of tea. Especially when the infected are running around all over the place, being all agile, nimble and hypermobile. And it didn't really help much that the writers introduced an element of the infected starting to learn and think... wait, haven't we seen that before somewhere? Oh yeah, "Land of the Dead".
It should be said that the acting in "Redcon-1" was actually good, taking into consideration the unfathomably mediocre material that the actors and actresses had to work with.
As for the special effects and make-up in the movie. Well, the make-up on the infected was actually fair enough, although personally I would have liked it being a zombie movie more and having the traditional gore, mutilation and mayhem that we all love in the zombie movies.
"Redcon-1" was watchable, for sure, but running at nearly two hours was just prolonging the suffering unnecessarily. I managed to sit through it, but can honestly say that this foray into the zombie - or infected - genre wasn't outstanding or memorable, and it is not a movie that I will be watching a second time.