Deadland
Deadland

Posted by DJ I.Z.
5/15/2011
Released on: 2009
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1037154/

Not as good as the description promised (even after realizing it wasn't about zombies).

Every time I saw the title "Deadland", I assumed it was a zombie movie.  After reading the description a few times (and honestly, I had to re-read the description every time I thought about the movie) I figured it would be pretty decent.  What was promised was an exciting tale in a shattered world following the nuclear attacks of World War 3.  Sean Kalos (played by Gary Weeks) is a man who survived and is crossing the country in the hopes he can find his wife.  Shortly after the movie begins, he gets drawn into the clash between a militant group under the orders of the President, and a resistance group.  The militants are taking women as prisoners both for prostitution camps, and also women and men who appear to have a natural immunity to a plague that has swept the country after the war.

I have to admit I was a little apprehensive at the beginning when I saw the name Gary Weeks credited a few too many times.  That's usually a good clue that you're in for a real "treat" (meaning - low budget).  But I must say this was incredibly well done and acted.  So why am I not gushing about this film?  Simple, it was pretty slow and a bit boring, with none of the action that the descriptions made it sound like were in store.  I figured it would be a cross of Children of Men and 13 Days Later, and while it did have some of those elements it just didn't have a very compelling story.  Read the spoiler below for the conclusion and save yourself the time.  There are plenty of better movies out there that deserve your attention.

 

 

*** WARNING - SPOILERS BELOW ***

So how does it end?  He finds his wife and they kill the militant leader after freeing the women who had an immune response to the plague.



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