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The Returned (2014)



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Directed by Manuel Carballo, THE RETURNED is set in a post-zombie world where a treatment called the "Return Protein" can stop the spread of the virus if injected quickly after infection, but cannot cure it. With daily injections, the "Returned" are able to live relatively normal lives, but with brutal attacks at the hands of Anti-Return groups and rumors that protein stock is running low, the world is again on the brink of chaos. In the midst of this turmoil are Alex (Kris Holden-Reid) and Kate (Emily Hampshire), a young, successful and enviable couple that are hiding a long held secret - Alex is Returned. Suspicious that a government order for all the Returned to report to a secure medical facility 'for their own safety', the couple flees, taking with them all the doses of "Return Protein" they have. Now in a race against the clock and few places to turn, they must face their worst fears and come to grips with the reality that if they are neither human nor zombies, who exactly are the Returned? --(C) levelFilmmore
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Horror, Art House & International, Mystery & Suspense
Directed By:
Written By: Hatem Khraiche
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jun 30, 2014


Barry Flatman
as Hospital Chief
Paulino Nunes
as Detective Cawl
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Critic Reviews for The Returned

All Critics (19) | Top Critics (5)

This is a serious, austere film that feels as if it's barely restraining the B-movie within. In the end, it fights itself to a draw.

Full Review… | March 28, 2014
Globe and Mail
Top Critic

Carballo also fails to capitalize on the climate of paranoia the script attempts to engender throughout.

Full Review… | March 27, 2014
Toronto Star
Top Critic

Pivotal scenes dive too deep into melodrama, and there's something inevitably sterile about a script that includes only scenes that propel the plot or provide obvious foreshadowing.

Full Review… | February 13, 2014
Top Critic

Though an admirable shake-up of the typically overbearing, munch-intensive undead yarn, "The Returned" is still a far cry from the smarts-and-shocks zombie allegories George Romero mastered.

Full Review… | February 13, 2014
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

Carballo squeezes an impressive amount of exposition into news reports and medical briefings, but Holden-Ried's and Hampshire's performances are what ground the film ...

Full Review… | February 11, 2014
Village Voice
Top Critic

Director Manuel Carballo seems to be trying for the psychological unease of Blindness, or perhaps of something by Cronenberg, but it's never more than artificial terror wrapped in bland social commentary.

Full Review… | March 28, 2014

Audience Reviews for The Returned

three stars..

MisterYoda ?

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Okay, i ended up liking this more than I thought. The plot and tension are decently layered. In an era when the market is flooded with zombie apocalypse movies, not many tackle the issue of a post-apocalyptic world. Its worth at least one watch even for the casual fan of this genre.

This was pretty good. People have cured zombie... sort of. They put the virus into a hibernating state, but only if they have not completely turned into zombies and they have to take their meds ever day. This movie is about what happens if there is a shortage scare of meds. People go pretty crazy. Very good. Psychological thriller.

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