Solos (Descendents) (2008)
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Descendents seems to think it's an artful, meaningful film, yet its plodding pace and lack of action just make it a snooze-fest. While focalizing the narrative around children is interesting, the film does nothing with, and its attempt at a brooding, existential atmosphere just seems cheesy and forced, making it a failure as both a horror film and whatever else it was trying to be....
A mysterious virus has infected the world, and anyone who breaths in the air suddenly turns into a bloodthirsty zombie. There seems to be no cure, until years later when the next generation begins to be born from the survivors. They're born with mysterious marks on their necks, and they seem to be immune to the virus as they can freely roam out in the open, and those who are infected don't touch them.
Told to travel to the ocean, these young children set out on a dangerous journey where the government wants them dead, and there's barely any food or water to keep them alive, and their only safe haven is those that the world fears most.
There's been literally hundreds of zombie movies made, and most of them follow the same sequence - an unknown virus infects the world, those infected hunger for human flesh, and the only way you can become one is be bitten by one of the infected. It's like the vampire legend. Nothing changes, always the same.
Chilean director Jorge Olguín turned this mythos on its head by changing the rules. No longer did you have to be in close contact with an infected to be one - all you had to do was breathe in the air and you're done. This makes the film a lot more dangerous, as anyone could get infected at any time. Also how it focuses on young children as the main characters, and how they mysteriously aren't affected by the virus nor those infected. There wasn't much dialogue in the film, and the cinematography was stunning with how it made the whole world look so bleak and dark. The ending had a little to be desired because it didn't make much sense, but it was still an ambitious undertaking in a different type of zombie movie.
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