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UK  •    •  76m  •    •  Directed by: Luke Thompson, Michael Mazur.  •  Starring: Zoë Hatherell, Tom Procter, Stewart Martin-Haugh, William P. Martin, Sara Mahmoud, Ed Friesen, Kurt Rinnert, Jenn Strauss, David Voong, Sergey Senkin, Katie Malone, Jake Searcy, Johannes Ebke.  •  Music by: Tom McLaughlan.
     A group of PhD students who work at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at CERN find themselves in an emergency situation as a result of a problem with the accelerator. The maintenance crew have been transformed into zombies after the particle accelerator malfunctions. The students must try to evade the zombies while running through CERN's maintenance tunnels.

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First off, you need to know that Dadatuuexx has no idea what he's talking about to a worrying degree, in fact he appears to be personifying the same ignorance and fear of science that Decay (clever title - both people and particles decay - geddit?) is attempting to satirise in the first place. "Your scientists were so preoccupied with whether or not they could that they didn't stop to think if they should" and all that nonsense. The LHC, stem cell research, Bruce Banner, Mary Shelley, it's been going on forever. What it comes down to is ignorance versus rationality and I know which side I'd rather be on. But then again this is a zombie film, and obviously zombies aren't real, couldn't be real. Bad science and THE BEST science coexist here and the contrast is I think intentionally obvious, the effect of which highlights just how silly all the death-by-a-thousand-black-holes and similar theories patently are. But people do believe them, and that's a problem.

But anyway, that's about the extent of the satire as far as I can tell. The next thing I need to mention is the filmmakers could not have wished for a better location. The LHC is incredibly impressive to look at, and we see more of it here than I've seen in any of the documentaries about it. Not only does it look amazing, and it's HUEG, but the weight of its importance, and the genius not only of its architecture but of what it does, is constant, it makes you proud to be a human in the 21st century. Atmospheric.

The acting is - not always - but sometimes - a bit dodgy, and a few scenes lack the emotional depth and sense of urgency they could have done with. But these are physicists, not actors, and anyway what's cooler, pretending to be someone else for an hour or FINDING OUT HOW THE UNIVERSE WORKS? (The clue's in the caps.) A scientist would deck an actor nine times out of ten.

Okay okay, actually, yes they're physicists, which would make you think they'd get the physics of a pipe through a skull or a hand through an abdomen a bit more...right. Both these things were done with seemingly little effort and no resistance (but the technique they use is potentially a smart one). Also the state of severed limbs and stuff like that reminds you that they're not biologists. Which is a slight shame, but it's still nice to see a pipe going through a skull and a hand going through an abdomen. And severed limbs.

We spend quite a lot of time looking at computer screens, and it would be nice if one day we'll get a proper representation of what a computer screen actually looks like in situations like this - but saying that, it was a lot better than we've come to expect. Yes there's green-text-on-black-background flashing around for no reason, text bleeps as it's displayed (that would be my vote for the main thing to sort out, the first thing I do when I install a new OS is to stop it making annoying noises unless I tell it to), and on one occasion a character's username flashes for no other reason than to tell us to look at it. But it's fine, they're using Bash v3.95 Beta and I'm using v4.2.45 and I don't even have an LHC so I'm happy. The joys of the fourth dimension.

They made the right choice leaving it at 75 minutes, it may have started to wear its welcome by the 90-minute mark, but overall I really enjoyed the film, I watched most of it with a smile on my face, so well done, you lot, seriously.


Review by drugaddictsinthejungle from the Internet Movie Database.

 

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