The Ford Brothers are at it again with The Dead 2. At this point, it seems clear to me that this duo could, in time, become the best at making zombie flicks. I know there is improvement shown here from the previous film. If they continue with this series they may come up with best zombie flick of the new century.
The film opens up in India as a day-laborer feverishly walks home after he was bitten by a “mad woman”. He later dies in his bed from the wound. Quickly, the villages and slums are overrun by zombies. While this is all going on an American engineer named Nicholas (Joesph Millson, Casino Royale) is working on some wind turbines in a remote area. On the phone with his girlfriend, Ishani (Meenu), a local girl, informs him she’s pregnant while the area around her breaks into chaos as the dead attack. Nicholas becomes desperate to travel the 300 miles to get to her. So, with the help of an orphaned boy named Javed (Anand Goyal) Nicholas starts off on his journey.
There are complications on Ishani’s end as she’s dealing with a traditional father who wants his daughter to have nothing to do with an American. But, what is much worse is the zombie hoard outside their door and a dying mother who has been bitten by a zombie. To serve the story I’m sure she takes a lot longer to die than the above mentioned day-laborer. These scenes at their home are filled with a lot of melodrama and enclosed sets. They bring the film down a bit. Thankfully, there are many wide open spaces and zombie attacks at Nicholas’ end.
There’s more action this time around. As a result there’s a less moody feeling, which is a good thing. I do like moodiness in films but the first one seemed to use its mood to cover up the fact that not much happens in it. (I did like the first film, but, not as much as this one). As expected there are some great zombie set-pieces within the film. My favorite sees Nicholas dealing with a family stuck in a car with a group of the dead approaching. And, of course there are loads of close calls that will get your blood pumping. Another sees the results of a father trying to get back to his children.
I really like the Ford’s decision to film these movies in exotic locations. It helps with the old fashioned Euro-exploitation feeling that these films have. It’s not quite Lucio Fulci, but it’s the closest we have in this day and age. But, there seems to be a great modern touch with what appears to be the Ford’s discovery of the joys of getting shots from drones. It adds a nice dynamic to the camera-work.
The look of both films is another selling point for me. A lot of bright sunlight and sand-filled wastelands with zombies scattered around is a rather striking feature both films share. Still, if they make a third one they may want to consider something different. It just might get too repetitious.
In the end, this is not just a worthy sequel to the original flick, but, I think it’s a better film than the first.
Film Rating: 4 out of 5
Here’s my review of the first film: http://www.killerfilm.com/film_reviews/read/the-dead-blu-ray-review-100063