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Ravenous

Year: 2017
Production Co: Le Maison De Prod
Director: Robin Aubert
Writer: Robin Aubert

Another day, another zombie movie, but where some recent efforts like The Cured and The Rezort have really stood out and offered something new, this French Canadian film is far more slow and sombre, dressing itself up in apparent pretensions of being a more philosophical drama and only partly succeeding in doing so.

The zombie apocalypse has descended and the world is in ruins when we gradually meet a disparate group of survivors in the remote forests of Quebec.

I'm hard pressed even a few weeks later to remember much about the characters or how they came together, but after various set pieces of the infected catching up on and chowing down on the group, it comes down to a soft-spoken man, a wide-eyed, perpetually terrified woman and a little girl.

There are several thrilling, tense and scary sequences in seeing how the group interacts and survives (or not), but it all seems to come after too much set-up and character nuance when the script doesn't feel like it really cares too much about who these people are any more than you will. It's just another zombie-infested world with another group of survivors who come together by mere chance and it needs something more to recommend it after the number of times we've seen that.

Thre also might have been some directorial flourishes in the image or sound, but the film as a whole isn't interesting enough for any of them to stick in your mind.

There is one quite interesting idea when the survivors find huge piles of chairs and furniture in remote fields, the infected standing around staring at the weird towers as if transfixed by them, but after seeing it once or twice it's never explained or explored.

It feels like something writer/director Robin Aubert intended as the entry point into a much larger mythology behind just another undead outbreak, but for whatever reason (budget, running time, narrative obfuscation), he didn't go through with it.

It might have also explained the quite inconsistent behaviour by the undead, which is never really delved into either, the movie not seeming to follow its own rules and leaving you even less satisfied.

Also, don't confuse it with the ace Antonia Bird cannibal horror drama of the same name from 1999.

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