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The Returned

This is a zombie movie, but for the most part it isn’t.  Yes, the whole rationale is zombies, but it’s really a social commentary and a metaphor.  The metaphor could be Aids, race, or just the story of the “other” in our society.  The filmmakers try for subtly throughout and while that is it’s strength, it also blunts the overall effect, thus making the film lag in places.

The basic premise is that there was a zombie outbreak.  A cure was found, but it must administered within 36 hours or else the person will turn.  Plus it has to be continually taken or else the person will turn.  

The film follows a man and wife as they struggle in this scenario.  He was bitten and is infected.  She is a research scientist looking for a cure.  The government had been doing a good job of supplying the cure, but as the movie starts, things are starting to spin out of control and this couple has been caught up on the coming calamity.

While the film is a low budget movie, it doesn't look it at all.  In fact, it looks like most big budget features, so it doesn't look cheap. 

This film isn’t for everyone.  If you’re looking for a World War Z or Dawn of the Dead, then this film will disappoint.  To be honest, I found it intriguing, but also frustrating because it is slow in places and meanders.  There has some zombie gore, but this is more thriller than horror and there are times when it isn't all that thrilling.


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Cool, will check it out. There's also the French series, The Returned, that aired on the Sundance Channel here, where dead people mysteriously come back to life, years later, as if nothing had happened. A second season is on the way. The ABC series, Resurrection, also has this premise, and has been renewed for a second season too. Long live the dead!

Let us know what you think.  I think some will find it slow moving at points.  

Like I said, there's nothing shabby about this movie.  The acting is good across the board and the cinematography looks like a big budget production.  

Again, if you're looking for a zombie-fest, this isn't it, though.

I saw the returned on the sundance channel but I didn't really LOVE it.
I am going to see if this is on Netflix.


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