LES REVENANTS (THEY CAME BACK)
Reviewed by: Andre Manseau
What's it about
The dead have risen, and they're not your average zombie. In fact, thay're much like you and I! The moral question is, what do we do with them?
Is it good movie?
This movie was an awesome piece of social commentary and I really dug it. It wasn't so much a 'horror film', per se, but it does fit within the genre and I think that any self-respectng 'zombie' fan should absolutely check it out.
What really got me was that the 'zombies' were given a very realistic sort of treatment, different from the Romero type (p.s: Romero Rules!) as they were very very human. They're slow though, mentally and physically, and do not quite recapture their former living sheen.
What made this film work was the horror of how the whole thing seemed so real. The opening scenes where thousands of dead bodies come to life and walk the streets are haunting, because of the realisitic ways the characters in this film deal with them. Think about it. The dead are coming back to life, not out to 'eat brains', and aren't going away. Where do they go? Where can they live? What about their loved ones? Can they work? The questions that the film raises are adressed wonderfully and really made me think, got my wheels turning.
The acting in this film is mostly spot on, and the film's style was also pretty cool, although it does get a little cliche'd near the end, as the action scenes seemed a little out of place and 'hollywood', but some viewers might find they break the monotony of a deliberately slower-paced film.
Video / Audio
This movie was right up my alley.
Boys and girls, this one is original, and it has a brain in its head. It's not action packed and won't thrill you, but is a refreshing take on the 'living dead' genre, because the dead are actually living. I wholeheartedly recommend it.