Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Plague (2014)

Number Rolled: 20
Movie Name/Year: Plague (2014)
Tagline: Pray you don’t survive.
Genre: Thriller, Horror
Length: 89 minutes
Rating: NR
Production Companies: N/A
Producer:  Alexandros Ouzas, Brian Temple Smith
Director: Nick Kozakis, Kosta Ouzas
Writer: Kosta Ouzas
Actors: Don Bridges, Cris Cochrane, Tegan Crowley, Liza Dennis, Steven Jianai, Scott Marcus, Sarah Ranken, Benjamin Rigby, Nicholas Stribakos
Stunt Doubles: N/A

Speech Available: English, Spanish
Subtitles Available: English

Blurb from Netflix: In a post-apocalyptic world, a woman makes her way across Australia seeking refuge from a deadly plague and those who’ve survived it.

Selina’s Point of View:
This movie was just all over the place. The characters weren’t relatable or likable. The plot was so chaotic that they obviously couldn’t choose one direction to go so they went all directions at once.

On top of that, the only acting I believed was for the one character that annoyed me the absolute most.

I love zombies. I love zombie flicks. I even love B/Indie zombie flicks. This one was… not good. Coming from me that’s saying something. I’ve liked some weird-ass zom films in the past that others just couldn’t stand.

Worst of all, Plague was dreadfully boring on top of being bad.

I would absolutely not recommend this to anyone for any reason.

Cat’s Point of View:
I’m a sucker for apocalypse movies, so the fact that this particular film was a relatively unknown title from a shiny new director and had a relatively unknown cast was not a daunting prospect. Given, I didn’t have any giant expectations going in –but hey, it was set in Australia and I’m a sucker for accents, too.

Let’s get into the nuts and bolts here.

I appreciated that they didn’t waste too much time setting the premise. There weren’t a lot of bells and whistles here, but that was a good thing. I think it would have detracted from the story. I know this isn’t the most original theme, and it’s right there in with the genre recipe.

What makes this movie more entertaining was the sheer grit of it in focusing not on the title ‘plague,’ but keeping that as setting material that revolved around the story of people struggling with how to act with the world turned upside-down. Where does morality and humanity factor into survival?

I was really impressed with Tegan Crowley’s (Stranded, Chimera, Lion) performance. I believed every second of her emotional journey. She grabbed me and yanked me along on her rollercoaster – even through some of her situations that were a bit triggery for me.

This was a solid offering, even though I likely wouldn’t watch it again. I wouldn’t steer anyone away from it.

Rotten Tomatoes Critic Score – None
Rotten Tomatoes Audience Score – 7%

Netflix’s Prediction for Selina – 1.5/5
Selina’s Trust-the-Dice Score1/5

Netflix’s Prediction for Cat – 1.5/5
Cat’s Trust-the-Dice Score3/5

The Random Rating: R

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