State of Emergency Reviews
Jim, the lead, and Alex, the mcguffin of the film, are well acted but suffer from some age old tropes of the survival/horror genre. Jim is the every man who's lost it all after his fiance passes, but of course she taught him crucial information off camera that helps save the group later. Alex, or "Icks" as they refer to her in the film (gag), is the prototypical "manic pixie dream girl" who inspires Jim to keep living after events occur do to information she hid from the group.
The other two survivors are wooden, uninteresting, and you'll be rooting for the zombies over them within minutes of being on screen. That's pretty much all I can say for them except the fact that the main male supporting cast member (his name is Scott, I believe) is literally the worst acting I have seen short of a high school drama club production.
Oh yeah, the zombies. The cover of the movie would lead you to believe that this an all-out zombie apocalypse, but the film makes no effort to conceal the fact that the infection is confined to small area. Honestly, that's fine. It works for the film, and the few and far in-between zombie have the potential to be eerie, but only seem to show up when the plot needs prodding along. Also, some zombies can talk... well, really one zombie can talk because, well no real reason, and every other one seems to be the same shirtless guy over and over.
Overall, the movie gets strong performances out of the leads, but falls short everywhere else really. The cinematography and direction are good but not great, the dialogue is awful and the most of the actors seem to stumble over their words. Stunts look terrible, effects are passable for a low-budget film such as this, and the plot devices can be seen from a mile away. This movie, despite the fact that I really liked the leading man, is a hard pass. Don't waste your time.