“For a reality TV show about people who work while the rest of the world is asleep, reporter Angela Vidal and her cameraman, Scott, are assigned to cover a night shift with a pair of firemen at a Los Angeles fire station. After an uneventful evening, a 911 distress call in the middle of the night takes them to a small apartment building downtown. Police officers are already on the scene in response to bloodcurdling screams coming from an apartment on the third floor. Having stumbled onto a breaking story, Angela and Scott are determined to get it all on tape. Entering the apartment unit to investigate, they find an old woman in a nightgown, standing alone in the dark. She’s covered in blood, her breathing erratic and raspy. She seems sick. And when a policeman approaches to help her, she suddenly attacks–with her teeth. The group subdues the woman and tries to get help for the injured policeman. But when they attempt to leave the complex, they find that the CDC has quarantined the building. All exits are sealed and guarded by heavily armed men. Telephone, internet, TV, and cell phone access have been cut-off, and officials won’t give any explanation to those locked inside. The apartment complex and its residents quickly descend into panic. Trying to make sense of what’s happening, the inhabitants are forced to look to each other for help. Then there’s another scream from above. In the atrium lobby where everyone is gathered, a body falls to the ground from the third floor. And the attacks begin again. When the quarantine is finally lifted, the only evidence of what took place is the cameraman’s videotape.”
I’ll start off by saying you’ll either like this movie or you won’t…really there is no middle ground. I’d almost want to write two reviews for this movie…one evaluating the actual quality of the movie and the other for sheer creepyness. I’ll try to do the best I can with this one as it’s a bit tough.
The plot of the movie is that of which we typically see in a zombie type movie…people get bit/eaten…then they change and continue to go after others. About the only thing that is different in this movie is the location…everyone is locked up inside (quarantined), by the CDC, in an apartment building. Overall this movie is your typical zombie movie…toss in some hilarity within and it was pretty decent in my opinion. The only thing that made the movie worth watching is the “scary” moments, if you will, of zombies jumping out of nowhere…seeing nothing but dark and encountering a zombie…or some of the ways they decide to kill this zombies…by no means conventional lol.
The visual effects were done well…some scenes were sort of gross and could possibly make you cringe a bit. The camera work was that similar to “The Blair Witch Project” and “Cloverfield”…filmed as though you are watching the video found by the survivors from the cameraman’s point-of-view. So if you didn’t like those filming styles, this movie may give you a headache.
The acting was sub-par in my opinion, typical of this genre I feel. The movie wouldn’t have been so bad if the reporter would have just shut up, maybe kill her off at the beginning rather than at the end…her incessant babbling like a baby got on my nerves…as I’ve said before, don’t expect any awards to come out of this one.
Overall, I’d say that if you like to be creeped out and have moments of possibly being made to jump by a zombie jumping out at one of the characters then a good movie to see, if you’re concerned with plot and acting then you’ll probably want to wait for video. And if you’re lucky you’ll have someone sitting next to you who is terrified of scary movies and latch onto your arm, completely cutting off all blood flow to your fingers…the most funny part is she probably only watched about a 1/4 of the movie, however when someone would die, she’d ask “who died?”, I’d say so-and-so…her response…”Aww”, couldn’t watch the movie but was still into the character development, lol. As far as ranking, 2 3/4 martini glasses on this one…but could be a Cult Classic. Until our next premiere mofo’s…see you at the movies!!