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LAST OF THE LIVING
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After a deadly virus has turned humankind into flesh-eating zombies, slackers Morgan, Ash, and Johnny spend their days lounging in their skivvies, drifting from one vacant house to another. When the three stumble upon a hot girl who may have a cure for the outbreak, the three decide it's finally time to step up to the plate and save the world - and the girl. Zomedy fans will unite for this campy, "breakneck zombie film that injects a high dose of hilarity!" (Revenant Magazine)
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There are some really good moments in this film, but it is what it is - low budget and made by other zombie fans. If you liked Dead and Breafast, Undead or Dance of the Dead - you'll probably like this one too. For the price, it's certainly risk-free. I would (and will) watch it again.
If the music had been better, I would have enjoyed this a great deal more. That's the biggest change I would make, aside from some tighter editing.
I also appreciated that aside from a risque poster seen in the background every so often, there wasn't any graphic nudity.
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The story follows three friends who move from mansion to mansion kicking back playing video games, watching movies, drinking beer, and occassionally venturing out into the wasteland for more supplies or just to fight some zombies and boredom all in one go. The characters are acted out well enough (there are some slipups where lines were delivered so badly I felt removed from the film, but there aren't too many of those), and there's tons of dry humor between them. I have to say that my sides may have not been hurting, but I did laugh a few times and cracked a smile several other times. It's rare for me to audibly laugh while watching a film alone, and Last of the Living pried some giggles out of me so I'll definitely remember it for that.
The story is minimal--like most zombie films our interest is set more on the characters surviving than what actually goes on. I liked the characters well enough, so the typical zombie fare storyline of survival and hope for a cure didn't bother me much. Plus, the plot didn't try any absurd explanations for the outbreak or try to venture into new ground that the writers probably wouldn't have been able to handle. There were a few moments that should have been emotional that weren't really explored very deeply and passed by much more swiftly than they should have to carry any weight, although if they had been explored deeply it probably would have turned out sour and cliche so it's a lose/lose situation on those scenes.
The zombies were certainly zombies, although the makeup on some seemed to be more cared for than on others and this care seemed to come mostly at random. It wasn't especially distracting, I just wish the style of some of the zombies earlier in the film carried on throughout. They looked very creepy, disturbing and even mildly original to what I've seen in other films. Some of them looked downright rushed, but this thing is indepenent after all, you've got to expect things like that.
My real major disappointment with Last of the Living is that a couple of scenes are lifted directly from 28 Days Later and at least one from Shaun of the Dead (I haven't seen the latter as recently so I'm not sure if any others were as well). They stood out sorely against the rest of the film.
Last of the Living does have enough that if you're a die hard zombie fan you'll probably get a kick out of it. The dry humor gives it enough spice to separate it from other average independent films and the characters don't feel like stock characters. Although neither is enough to seperate it from actually being "average" in general, it at least ranks head of its class.
And obviously, if you haven't watched independent zombie films before this isn't the film for you, and if you're looking to start watching independent zombie films it's also not the place for you to start.
At the offset of the film I thought it was going to be 28 Days later meets Shaun of the Dead, but that went away quickly, and happily so, as I would have been totally put of by the film if it were just rehash. I suggest viewing with little expectancy and you'll find it to be ok enough to own, but if one goes in expecting things that are reviewed on the cover, one may find themselves very disappointed. I applaud everyone involved in the film for taking the chances they did, I just would have liked a stronger script.
The plot involves three slackers, Morgan, Johnny, and Ash, as they spend their days playing video games and watching movies in mansions. They accidentally run into a female scientist, Stef, who claims to have a cure, but she needs help getting a vile of blood to an island, where the military are suppose to be located.
The characters are silly, but likeable. Considering I had never heard of the movie before I wasn't planning on liking it this much.