Monday, May 5, 2014

State of Emergency (2011)

After a factory explosion releases toxic gas, people start getting sick and turn into zombies.  When the military is called in, they quarantine the town, trapping zombies and survivors within.

Jim, whose girlfriend perishes at the beginning of the film, manages to stay ahead of the zombies and hole up in an empty barn.  He learns of a few other survivors in a warehouse on the other side of the farm land and manages to get over there without getting grabbed by zombies.

There he meets three other survivors.  While the married couple are friendly, the unrelated teenage girl is antagonistic, doesn't lift a finger to help anyone, and screams at him for eating her candy bar. At this point, I was hoping they'd chuck her out the door.  They don't because they're nice people.  But good god, at least stop enabling her horrible behavior. Let her take care of herself.  She doesn't need to be a jerk, especially with the zombie apocalypse right outside their door.

The group stays downstairs in a huge warehouse, where they  sleep on cots.   Jim is told this is so they can have lights on, but since there are no windows they won't be seen.  That doesn't make a lot of sense since it's a huge empty warehouse where it's impossible to protect yourself if a zombie somehow gets inside. Also a generator is running the lights, so they're going through lots of gas, plus generators make noise and may attract zombies.  So why not use the smaller rooms upstairs that have windows? It's easier to defend and has light.

The movie is not chock full of zombies or blood, and there were a few points where I was hoping the pace would pick up, but overall I enjoyed it.

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