Hey, Where's Sean Penn?
I really wasn't expecting miracles with this film. It's a low budgetzombie film. All I ask is that there's some good splatter and maybe afew original zombie kills. The film is about a virus that spreads in amaximum security prison that turns people into 28-Days-Later Stylezombies. The acting in this is good enough. Usually in a piece likethis you're expecting acting that turns your stomach inside out. And afew hams aside, it's not so bad.
The plot is pretty thin, but who needs any more. There are a few plotholes, such as why there's a family hanging out in a prison for noapparent reason. And why an inmate is making out with a girl in arandom room, other than the filmmakers needed to throw in some tits andcouldn't find another way. The direction was competent, which is allyou can really ask for in a film like this. The editing had both ofit's highs and lows. Well done in some flashback scenes, crappy MTVediting with some of the attacks.
The music was alright. Headbanging rock that can get kind of annoyingat times. The costumes and set were maybe the strongest evidence of thelow budget. The prisoners of the "Maximum Security Prison" all worehospital scrubs for some reason, and the guards looked like they werebetter dressed to guard a mall or a hotel rather than a prison. Theyeven had "Security Officer" patches on their arms for pity's sake. Andthe set of the "Maximum Security Prison" was obviously an old abandonedjail. They tried to explain it in an aside that the warden liked itthat way, but it was obviously an afterthought to explain the poor set.
The ending was a little unsatisfying, in that no one actually got outalive. Not even the main blonde chick. But since there's a precedent inRomero's zombie films, I can't fault them too much. All in all, I wouldsuggest this film if you're a zombie nut such as I am. Otherwise,there's many others I would suggest in the genre over this one.