Sunday, October 12, 2014

The Dead 2: India (2013)

In my college class, I am working on a storyline for a novel or novella. While I am debating on exactly what format to follow (leaning toward novella / eBook), I have definitely entered into zombie mode for the past week. Needing a break (and possibly some inspiration), I decided to venture into that realm with my next selection, the 2013 sequel The Dead 2: India.

Plot/ an infectious epidemic spreads through India as an American turbine engineer learns that his pregnant girlfriend is trapped near the slums of Mumbai. Now he must battle his way across a 300-mile wasteland of the ravenous undead.

I remember seeing The Dead when it first came out. I love zombie movies and that movie returned to the more believable George Romero inspired undead. Fortunately, that same idea and philosophy was on display again this time. While it did not match the detail and power of the original, there was still a lot to like. The storyline is good and follows the same narrative as the first, the effects were solid, and the movie embraced the realism that would take place in an apocalyptic scenario. Sure, there are moments that feel too contrived or staged, there were some pre-production issues, and the acting was not quite as believable as it was in the first one. However, those issues do not ruin the film. In the end, this one may not reach the same level, as the first one in the series, but it is an entertaining trip into the zombie mythos. Not for everyone, but if you enjoyed The Dead, you will likely enjoy this sequel. Give it a shot.

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