In this ferocious sequel to the worldwide horror hit The Dead, an infectious epidemic spreads through India as an American Turbine engineer learns that his pregnant girlfriend is trapped near the slums of Mumbai. Now he must battle his way across a 300-mile wasteland of the ravenous undead.
Dead 2: India is the “inventive” title to the Ford Brothers ‘The Dead’. Unfortunately or fortunately, depending on which way you look at it, I have not seen the first. Unlike the new age Zombies, these ones move at the same pace as the film: slow. Although, this maybe unfair to say because there is a lot going on with people getting eaten, heads being shot up, our hero taking a pitiful escape expedition on a paramotor – but I felt so disengaged during the film that my brain began to slowly shut down.
Whether it be through the script or the way is was shot, I did not find myself rooting the main man Nicholas (Joseph Millson) In fact, I couldn’t have cared less if he found his pregnant girlfriend Ishani (Meenu Mishra). It might have even made a better film if she had got bitten and gave birth to a Zombie baby.
One thing that was noticeable was that when things became a little tense and there was some form of struggle between the living and undead, the camera starting moving repeatedly back and fore (shaky cam) as if to create a sense of urgency, but this only led to annoyance and confusion.
The overall standard of acting (apart from Millson) was below average. It was not convincing or indeed believable. There was a lot of effort made with blood, gore and dismemberment but for me, it wasn’t enough to carry the film to an enjoyable standard.
There is some chatter that there will be another film thus making this film part of a trilogy, I just wonder and possibly hope that the next will be better than the last.
Words by Amanda Hunt @man_ders11