DAWNING OF THE DEAD Coming to Digital this December!!
Premiering on Digital this December from Uncork’d Entertainment
I will say one thing for Tony Jopia right up front, He doesn’t bloody mess about does he?. It was only a few short months ago that I got my hands on Cute Little Buggers to review and here I am once again watching his new movie Dawning of The Dead. Let me tell you from that movie to this one, Jopia made a hell of a jump in quality on all fronts. The direction is great, the writing is a lot more fluid, the story is fun but scary and the acting is on point for this type of flick.
Movies like this are exactly what I love about Britain and its Independent movie scene. We know how to take a simple plot device as a Zombie Apocalypse and make it a fun, entertaining, scary thrill ride. Non of that existential crap they keep trying to insert in The Walking Dead these days. Get in, tell the story and entertain your audience, Jopia has ticked all these boxes here.
“It’s the end of the world as we know it, It’s the edn of the world as we know it… And I feel fine” Hahahaha sorry…
While a virus that causes the dead to reanimate brings the world to its knees, the scientist responsible entrusts his cataclysmic findings to Katya Nevin, a troubled ex-war correspondent turned anchor-woman at W.W News. While she and the rest of her crew witness the collapse of society via video feeds from around the globe, a deadly special agent climbs the building floor by floor, his only goal to ensure her silence. Armed only with information and an indomitable will to live, Katya must overcome her crippling anxiety and learn to lead in order to make it out of the studio and into a terrifying new world where only the dead survive.
I didnt exactly love Cute little Buggers but it did have its moments and one of the things it did really well was the practical effects and gore, something that is amped to hell in this flick. The zombies look pretty great the blood and guts of people being eaten is really well done and there are some pretty damn swishy CG effects at points. Not forgetting there are some snazzy stunts happening which is always fun to see. So its safe to say Tony Jopia has well and truly stepped up his game here on a budget of roughly 300 thousand proving once again you don’t hundreds of millions to make an entertaining good looking movie.
We have a couple of familiar faces jumping over from Cute Little Buggers but at the same time the director and his team have managed to pull in some pretty talented players. I for one was really happy to see “My old mate Bovva” Leo Gregory (you may recognize from Green Street but I implore you to watch Mark of Cain he is superb in that) this may sound strange but Gregory brought a new level to this movie for me. Ruth Galliers as Katya is excellent and considering this is just her 4th credit she really holds the core of this flick together. I take nothing away from the rest of the supporters because everybody puts in a performance, most of all they get it, they know what movie they are making and act accordingly.
While Jopias last effort was definitely serviceable and worth seeing once, I feel like Dawning of the Dead is a great entry in the ever growing Zombie Apocalypse movement (will we ever get sick of Zombies??) and an excellent showcase of where this director is headed. So it is a pretty solid recommend upon realese.
Honey Holmes, Leo Gregory, Pixie Le Knot, and Sean Cronin star in Dawning of the Dead, on Digital 12/5 and DVD 3/6.