(This review may contain spoilers).
I haven’t read the book this movie is based on, but I still found this movie easy to follow.
It was good to have the opportunity to see quite a bit of what Melanie’s world was like. While it was clear what the dangers were with Melanie and the other children, I couldn’t help but feel a lot of sympathy for her and the others. It was really sad to see how none of them knew any different.
While this movie was another take on the zombie genre, I did find it was a fairly unique one… though I was a bit confused by how exactly it worked. It wasn’t very clear how the fungus had first started, or how it spread so quickly, whereas a lot of zombie movies at least reference the beginning. While it was interesting to see something of the fungus’ life cycle, I wasn’t very clear on what happened to the bitten who were properly fed on.
I really did like Melanie, but I had a strong dislike for Doctor Caldwell and Parks… though the latter did grow on me a bit by the end, even though I still did really hate Caldwell for the whole movie.
It was interesting to see the kind of relationship Helen had with the children in general and Melanie in particular. It was also good to see some hints of their pasts before the infection… though I would have liked a bit more detail about their background, especially considering what Helen mentioned about not being a good person.
I felt there were a lot of tense moments in this movie and it was good to see how Melanie related to the other people. I really cared about what happened with her and I liked how resourceful she was.
I found this movie entertaining and intense to watch. It drew me in easily and although I had some problems with the ending, it’s a film I wouldn’t mind watching again in the future.