Thursday, 4 April 2013

Infected (2013)

We're gathered here today to mark the demise of Michael Madsen's career...

Annie Worden obliges with a little tease in Infected.
She's kinda cute.
At a glance:
Michael Madsen is really on a roll, huh? Last year alone, we've seen him in extremely dodgy flicks like Prince Of The City and Eldorado. Now I stumble upon Infected (2013), the latest on his self-effacin CV. It's a messy little indie zombie flick, written and directed by Glenn Ciano. The synopsis reads: As they’ve been doing for years, Louis and his son arrive at a hunting lodge for their yearly vacation with family and friends. They hunt, drink, and share stories by the fire, enjoying the relaxing, familiar countryside.  But when the caretaker’s mother falls ill, it is quickly apparent that she is not sick from an ordinary virus. When she disappears into the woods, the fear begins to spread. Reports of an outbreak of a mutated form of lyme disease begin popping up all over New England and soon, all over the country.  The disease is causing people to become inexplicably violent, committing horrific acts of murder and cannibalism. Normally sane men and women, young and old, become infected with an insatiable desire to eat human flesh. Broadcasts declare that, “Humanity is sick.” These unfortunate souls are not the undead walking the Earth; they are alive and understand the atrocious acts they cannot help themselves from. As the infection spreads and the diseased monsters find their way to the hunting lodge, what starts out as an innocent camping trip, turns into the ultimate fight for survival of the human race. You still here?
Bad news on the doorstep:
William Forsythe
It's a completely unnecessary genre exercise, narrated with the most numbin basic shots and the worst, most puzzlin background music a film director could allow. It's not out of order to say that I've seen more competent film school projects. Character exposition is flimsy and the story is long lost through its limp execution.What a shame for such an elaborate setup.
Perennial wonderment:
Why does it exist?
Reminds me of:
Zombieland (2009) and Feast (2005)... but these were very decent movies that allowed us to have some measure of fun. 
Watch out for:
William Forsythe. He actually followed through and gave a good account of himself.
Amacam joker, berapa bintang lu mau kasi?
Christy Carlson Romano
Trust me - you won't miss this one.