|Cast: Jennifer Carpenter, Jay Hernandez, Columbus Short, Greg Germann|
Director(s): John Erick Dowdle
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A mildly effective "zombie" movie which suffers from HUUUUGE lapses in logic and common sense but nevertheless delivers some good scares and decent gross-out scenes (like a "zombified" fireman attempting to walk on a compound fractured leg - ewwwww).
It's all done in "Blair Witch" scream at the camera hurky jerky motion which is one of my larger complaints in the logic. YES - they "explain" that they NEED to film what's happening in the apartment "so people WILL KNOW" but there comes a point where you ABANDON the camera to focus on the task at hand.
I also think there's a point of terror you reach where your body or brain simply shuts down and you go section-8, from all the hollering the main actress does, it seems she gets there about half way through the attacks and basically spends about 1 hour screaming her head off.
This, coupled with the fact the filmmaker decides to employ a CONSTANT hum of sirens and helicopters outside the sealed apartment makes the whole thing a bit distracting and headache inducing.
**MAJOR SPOILER ALERTY**
If the residents did, in fact, have UBER rabies - why did they not attack each other? Does the virus give the infected the ability to discriminate between other infected hosts? Minor quibble.
Oh, and they kill a kid (a five year old girl who LOOKS like my daughter) - so, unfortunately, by my own rules/standards, I must deduct a FULL star right there. With no bare bewbes to offset this, its a pretty harsh penalty. But those are the rules.
Apparently, this is based off a Spanish film called "Req" which I wouldn't mind seeing as they tend to be creepier (like the Japanese originals of copied horror films, like Ring, Grudge, etc...)
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