The zombie virus has arrived but with the help of a special protein, the infected can suppress the virus and live a normal life. But with demand exceeding supply, things become ugly and zombies quickly become more of a problem.
Emily Hampshire (Kate), Kris Holden-Ried (Alex), Shawn Doyle (Jacob), Claudia Bassols (Amber), Melina Matthews (Eve), Barry Flatman (Hospital Chief), Paulino Nunes (Det. Cawl), Jamie Lyle (Doctor).
The Returned begins well enough with some character background and plot setup. The immediately interesting aspect is how the infected are made to feel like a minority and possibly even a protected class. Finally the film takes a darker turn and becomes more interesting when the normalizing protein supply runs low. Add in a few twists and things get even more entertaining and we are hooked through the end.
Acting was okay with both Hampshire and Holden-Ried delivering well, and working well together. Doyle and Flatman were both good additions, adding to cast quality. The remainder of the supporting cast was okay if a bit green around the edges.
Camera work, sets, and backgrounds were pretty good if mild. Some of the washed-out camera work and flashback scenes could have been better. Effects were well done, fitting the film nicely without overpowering the plot or acting. Dialogue was okay but a bit bland and could have added more. Sound and soundtrack were okay.
Overall The Returned is a fairly well done zombie drama if you enjoy a plot with your zombies, not just gore. If on the other hand gore and zombies are your focus this one may be a bit disappointing.
With violence, some foul language, disturbing images, and gore, this should be fine for older teens and above.
Star rating: 3 out of 5
Genre: Thrillers, Sci-Fi & Fantasy, Horror Movies, Sci-Fi Thrillers, Sci-Fi Horror Movies
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