Last of the Living isn't an outstanding film, but at least it's not terrible. With all the independent zombie films out there you can trudge through a lot of them before finding anything that's "acceptable" let alone outstanding, so it was nice that Last of the Living didn't just outright suck. Unfortunately, since it wasn't outstanding, there's little reason for anyone outside of die hard genre fans to pick it up and watch it, as is the case with most average zombie films.
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.