A freak accident turns a bulk of the world’s population into lethal flesh-eating zombies. A small and desperate group of uninfected human survivors take refuge in a vacant casino in Las Vegas, Nevada. Meanwhile, the undead outside become smarter, stronger, and more aggressive with each passing day.
In the last few years, there has been a flood of zombie related movies. Some are really, really bad; while other times we find a good movie. Something that has a new viewpoint, something different, or an amazing apocalyptical tale. Zombie movies are fairly straight forward: the dead come back to life and try to eat the dead. They are rotting and hungry. Sometimes, you end up with fast zombies (which a lot of people hate) or slow shamblers. Remains falls into the “something new” category, with a mix of shamblers and fast moving zombies. Why the disparity? Evolution of the living dead, my friends.
Based on the best-selling graphic novel by Steve Niles, Remains is a post-apocalyptical story about a group of survivors who struggle to survive against gradually strengthening zombies, other humans, and themselves.
[SPOILERS] Tom (played by Grant Bowler) is a blacklisted-from-vegas blackjack dealer who is now working in a small casino in Reno, Nevada. The only other two worthy people that we get to know are Tori (Evalena Marie), a server at the casino and Jensen (Miko Hughes), an aspiring magician. Tom and Tori are having a private moment in the buildings bomb shelter and Jensen is in the basement looking for something when a nuclear blast erupts, devastating the area and the population. Except the population isn’t killed. They are turned into flesheaters by the radioactive fallout. These three are protected by the cement walls around them, but they are temporarily trapped by the power outage.
When the power returns, they are able to make their way out when they encounter their first on the reanimated. After disposing of her, they watch the exterior cameras and see the chaos unfold. They watch as one man pushes another man into a crowd of zombies so he can make his escape. He makes his way to the casino, and now Victor (Anthony Marks) joins the survivors.
The rest of the movie focuses on the 4 survivors cleaning out/containing the walking dead, their interaction with a rogue military squad, and overall, just dealing with the fact that the world is being overrun by the living dead. I’m not going to get into too much more detail since I don’t want to completely ruin the movie for you.
So what makes these zombies stand out from others? First off, these zombies are hungry, but it’s not only for human flesh. They will eat anything,even each other or themselves. Second, it’s their evolution from slow shamblers. The dead that lived out in the desert when they were alive come to town and that is when our survivors see a difference. These zombies are much quicker and stronger.
One of the things I loved about this movie were the group interactions and also the individual actions of the survivor. Tom and Tori’s reaction to the flesheaters, Jensen’s story about his loved ones, and Victors cowardice all make this movie fairly unique. While their are some minor plot issues, this is still a movie that everyone who loves their zombies will enjoy. Overall, I would rate this movie a 7 out of 10. I would love to see a sequel to this film, documenting how the survivors make out against the newest breed that is shown at the end: zombies carrying guns.
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