September 16, 2014 (DVD)
The Ford Brothers
The Ford Brothers
Joseph Millson as Nicholas Burton
Meenu Mishra as Ishani Sharma
Anand Krishna Goyal as Javed
The Ford Brothers released The Dead: Africa(perhaps better known as simply, The Dead) in 2010 to warm critical reception. By all accounts the picture was a gratifying piece of undead shocks that felt uncharacteristically believable. It was a picture that, while not perfect, illuminated an obvious desire to create an embraceable product for the fans who care about the details, and the pulse of a film. It was good. And when a sequel was announced, very few were surprised and most were genuinely excited. The one question that certainly lingered in the minds of fans however, was could it hold a candle to the first Dead flick? Could The Dead 2 truly match the guerilla intensity of The Dead? It can, it does, and to be entirely honest, it does more than match that intensity. It far surpasses the impact of the first film. This is an insanely successful follow up for two filmmakers that we’ve got to keep an eye on.
The story – as you may have guessed – drops viewers in India, where electrical engineer Nicholas Burton is hard at work, nearing the completion of a current contract. All seems well. He’s got a girl in India who is pregnant with his child, and there’s an idea to relocate to the states to properly build their family. But before any pretty plans can be put into motion, strange occurrences sprout up with alarming frequency. The undead begin wandering from the brush, attacking, eating villagers. It’s happening all over India, and there’s widespread panic. Joseph Millson must get to his love, distanced by a few hundred miles, before these monsters can turn her into a snack. But this man is about to run into every imaginable obstacle on his journey. He’ll meet the living, he’ll meet the dead, and he’ll dump out a whole hell of a lot of ammunition to keep himself alive in order to reunite with the woman that will soon birth his child, should she survive this strange and fatal outbreak.
If The Dead made me believe in the Ford Brothers, The Dead 2 has made me an honest supporter of the duo. These guys dump so much raw passion and true soul into their films that it borders on remarkable. The Ford Brothers aren’t about cutting corners to get a flick on the market, they’re about seeing their adventurous visions brought to life, regardless of production difficulties. And when you look at a pic like The Dead 2, you know there were some serious hardships encountered on the road to completion. Invading India for an unconventional horror shoot cannot come without a handful of potentially fatal hardships. If the brothers are willing to travel such lengths to create a stellar genre film, we should probably be supporting the hell out of them.
I really got a kick out of The Dead 2. This is the singular most grimy, gritty and believable zombie piece since George Romero’s original Night of the Living Dead. In fact, I’d actually liken it to Night of the Living Dead… meets Gareth Edwards’ Monsters. There’s a moving love story here that sees one man venturing a great distance, bludgeoning and shooting his way through countless shambling ghouls, in the name of love… and the hope for a brighter future. The undead are too… lifelike (yes, I know that sounds wrong) to shake from the mental corridors when the credits roll, and that’s a big part of what makes a great zombie film. Make no mistake, this is a legitimately great (I don’t think I can emphasize that enough) zombie film that improves upon the first – an already damn impressive Dead feature. I cannot call whether or not the Ford Brothers will continue to build their undead brand up, but I can say, emphatically, that I hope so. These two could be the rulers of the undead if they can find a way to produce another franchise feature of this caliber. Shooting three consecutive walker flicks, all of which are legitimately riveting is nearly unparalleled. Only George Romero can claim such a feat, but these two aren’t far off at this point. Watch it, ASAP!