In a world ravaged by a virus that turns people into cannibals, a pregnant woman manages to survive. Alice, in the company of two other men, strives to reach an island untouched by the plague. Meanwhile, a dangerous individual is on the trail of a mysterious girl, which causes Alice to realize that the Zombies are not her biggest and only threat.
Directed by: Francesco Picone
. Starring: Aaron Stielstra
, Michael Segal
, Marius Bizau
, Désirée Giorgetti
, Claudio Camilli
, David White
, Ally McClelland
, Roberta Sparta
, Manuela Arrighi
, Andrea Bianciardi
, Lorenzo Ciani
, Eleonora Marianelli
, Chiara Paoli
. Music by: Gabriele Caselli
In a world ravaged by a virus that turns people into cannibals, survivors endeavour to reach an island, however, it's not just the zombies that are a threat.
Right from the opening where a little girl gets eaten you know it's not going to be a fluffy DTV addition to the genre. WriterDirector Francesco Picone's offering looks bigger than it is with real locations, lots of gore and a steady pace. Zombie completists au fait with Eaters (2011), Apocalypse Z (2013) aka "Zombie Massacre" and Zombie Massacre 2: Reich of the Dead (2015) will be familiar with the makeup style and saturated look that the talented (and friendly) Luca Boni and Marco Ristori have delivered in the past. Here they hang up their directing hats and don producer roles (along with Uwe Boll who incidentally has very little involvement, House of the Dead - this is not).
Picone takes up the reins and delivers similar aesthetics to Boni and Ristori. Jokes aside I tip my hat to Boll and company who appear to be single handily reviving the Italian zombie scene with another sub-genre addition. However, Picone's film is more refined, it's void of comedy, the make up is more realistic and the script along with the acting are better.
The blood, bite wounds, severed limbs are effective. After the strong opening it then jumps four months after the outbreak with a road trip story that includes a pregnant woman Alice played memorably by Roberta Sparta. It has emotion and some tension between her and Peter as they are chased down by the sound attracted fast moving infected. The characters have to make hard choices along the way. Both Désirée Giorgetti as the Prisoner and Aaron Stielstra as Rooker are notable, their story is hard hitting at times with a nasty female abuse subplot reminiscent of Joe Chien's Zombie 108's (2012). However, when the story follows Alice and Peter and the zombies are in the forefront it works much better.
The acting, make up effects and camera work is solid enough, and even though all the players appear to be named after characters or actors synonymous with the zombie genre it's not a Syfy channel production. Also refreshing its not set in the USA, the locations are quite interesting and to Picone's credit it benefits from a nihilistic down beat ending.
Anger of the Dead (A.K.A Age of the Dead) is worth viewing especially if you liked the aforementioned films, that said Picone's offering is appreciatively far more serious and debatably superior due to it's darker tone.
Review by amesmonde from the Internet Movie Database.