“People will do horrible things to survive.”
Story: After a global winter, the lucky ones live in underground “Colonies” where people are safe, and avoiding the flu is literally a way of life. But when one Colony sends an SOS to the only other surviving Colony, and then goes silent? Suddenly the flu ain’t the only thing to worry about. Hey, are those cannibals?
Scares: Not many, just a few “EWWW” scenes for the n00bs.
Splat factor: Cannibals. So there’ll be body parts hacked up.
Closing scene “shocker”?: Nup.
Remake, Sequel or OG (Original Ghoul)?: Original.
Trick or Treat?: Lawrence Fishburne, Bill Paxton, and a The Hills Have Eyes meets The Day After Tomorrow story mashup. Cool, right? Well… There’s the usual “the only thing we have to fear is us” post-apocalyptic scenario. But that’s only one layer here; the flu, how people interact with each other, and the unknown are all tied together. And that there’s not one simple gotcha in this film is a nice change of pace from the usual medium-budget apocalypse flick. The production design, including those groovy weather modification towers – huge horizontal Stargate looking things – is wonderfully detailed.
I especially like the agricultural labs, full of seeds, microscopes, and tons of storage. As for the cool stuff there’s decent FX all around, but definitely not big budget. Wide shots of the icy landscape look more like first quality gaming graphics than anything else. But the blood and gore is terrific.
Unfortunately, the plot is too formulaic to be truly effective. Of course the cannibals follow Our Gang. Of course there’s an attempt to stop them that fails. Let’s not forget to have nobody believe that cannibals are coming to destroy the Colony! That sense of been there/done that along with characters that are only surface, makes this the little movie that could have been. I was tempted to fast forward through this film several times. But I didn’t. Because I always figure I’d miss something very cool if I did…but this time? Coulda totally FF’d.
Score: 2 out of 5 pumpkins.