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Cast: Joseph Millson, Anand Krishna Goyal, Coulsom Sujitabh, Madhu Rajesh
Director: Howard J. Ford, Jonathan Ford
Two years ago, filmmakers Howard J. Ford and Jon Ford took international audiences on an unforgettable journey through a zombie-infected African veldt with the critically acclaimed and audience favorite The Dead. Setting a new standard for the zombie film, the Ford Brothers have now raised the survival stakes to new dramatic heights with the September 16th Blu-ray™ and DVD release of The Dead 2.
As demonstrated with screenings at numerous international film festivals, audiences around the world have once again thrilled to the Ford Brothers’ unique vision of the zombie apocalypse, taking it to yet another epic level. And just as with the first film, reviewers are bestowing glowing praise on the filmmaker’s ability to transform an exotic environment into a vital character within the character-driven narrative. The first international zombie film production to be shot in India, The Dead 2 utilizes the spectacular vistas of Rajasthan, Delhi and Mumbai to create yet another unforgettable journey into the heart of darkness baked in sunlight.
A ship docks fresh from Somalia which contains one infected worker that passes unnoticed into the very heart of India’s overpopulated bustling streets, setting off an unstoppable chain of events. Meanwhile, American turbine engineer Nicholas Burton (Joseph Millson, Casino Royale) is working in the stark yet tranquil Indian countryside when he receives a call from his love Ishani (Meenu), a local girl who lives on the outskirts of the slums of Mumbai and who has hidden their relationship from her tradition-minded father. She reveals she is now pregnant and scared for her life as chaos and terror have taken ahold of the cities as the dead return to life and attack the living. Nicholas has to battle his way across their 300 mile landscape filled with flesh-eating – and infectious – undead. With the help of young street kid Javed (Anand Goyal), he has to rely on his wits and sheer brute force to try and save them all, as the clock ticks off the minutes before the last flight out of a living hell...
I reviewed the Ford Bothers, "The dead" a few years ago and really enjoyed. In fast I thought it was one of the best horror films out at the time so I was excited to watch the sequel.
"The Dead 2" does not break any new ground, in fact you get a lot of the same thing here. A foreigner in a stranger when an outbreak occurs turning people into zombies. I was fine with that but there are a few things about the film that took it down a few notches for me.
First off the lead has to team up with someone else like in the first film which was fine because I enjoyed the soldier in the first film but this time the star teams with a little boy and it just did not work for me as much. Secondly I thought there was a bit too much drama in this one, I was expecting the action to go up a notch but it never did and I felt the non-actors hurt the film this time around instead of helping it.
Okay, on to a few things I did enjoy. For starters picking India as the location was a great idea, the film looks beautiful and it is full of gorgeous landscapes. I also thought most of the action scenes were very well done as was the practical effects used.
I did enjoy the film but I also thought it took a step back from the first. Perhaps I was expecting too much since the first film was so good. Either way I recommend it to fans of the first film and horror in general.
Available on DVD and Blu-ray, both come with Special Features that include:
The Making of The Dead 2
Released by Anchor Bay Entertainment
** 3/4 Out Of *****