This movie has some bloody scenes but it is not the focus of the movie. The few zombie scenes that are shown are not for shock value but to make the viewer understand the emotional turmoil the characters are facing. Some of the flash back shots could have been left out since they took away from the moment rather than adding to the heightening how you felt. The story that the movie tells is one of interactions between people, how we love defines what we are. The film asks the question, when do we lose our humanity and start to give in to our baser instincts? Kris Holden-Ried and Emily <more>
Hampshire make you care for their characters and their struggle. Shawn Doyle and Claudia Bassols play their roles well and have you asking yourself, What would I do? David Tompa has a very small role in the film as the father of a young returned, he does a great job making you feel his characters pain. You may be disappointed if all you are looking for blood. guts and gore; but if you are looking for a well made movie about human struggles then this is the film for you!
Great movie, new take on old zombie films (by ckcelite)
This is one of the best movies I've seen this year.Even if you do not normally care for "zombie flicks" this movie may appeal to you. It is not filled with gore but does have enough intrigue and creepiness to keep the horror film fans happy.The plot is very well thought out and clever.It's a real novel and original movie.Kudos to the actors for the superb job they did and the writer/director for making such an excellent movie.Loved it!
Amazing script! (by n_goray)
Like most, when I started this movie, I was very skeptical. I thought it was just another throw away on netflix. I was wrong. This film is very unique and to be very honest, I completely different type of movie. If you are looking for a ultraviolet flick, this is not it. If you are looking for a thought provoking and honest film that deals with the emotional conflicts that would arise from a world of 2 classes, one with dormant infection like aids but worse and one that is normal, then this is your film! I enjoyed the acting, and the fresh take on a age old idea. I like how it explores <more>
both the view points of the spouses and doctors of the infected with real depth. For the few scenes with infected, the makeup is great! The infected act like zombies, yet they aren't the point of the film. Rather infection, which becomes active when people who were infected with the virus during the outbreak fail to take their treatments acts a a fear for everyone in the film. The film deals with how we as a people deal with that, and what happens when we no longer have the resources to provide the infected with their medication. In short, this is a great and outstanding film! Please watch it!
One of the best zombie thrillers out there not horror (by zsappenfield)
Like a lot of reviews have said, this is not a horror zombie film. This is more like a thriller with a virus trying to be cured and taken care of the whole time. I loved the way it was filmed, and the plot line switches so drastically at some points its insane. This movie actually had me feeling for everyone in the movie and how intense the situation is. Zombies that are returned using some kind of protein or serum that keeps there zombie stuff at bay as long as they take it daily. The serum starts to run dry and that's when stuff starts to really get serious. I really enjoyed this movie <more>
it had me on my toes manner of speaking but all the way to the end i had no clue how it was going to end up. I recommend this movie to anyone who likes zombie movies even though its not all horror and gore like most zombie films...it has its share, but its more the story and plot that makes it interesting and i've never seen anything like it. i'm giving it a 9/10 and thats only because of a few small things, but 9/10 for me is like amazing to me lol. so please if you get a chance check this movie out it is really good.
A post zombie thriller brings new light to the genre (by ChiefBogeyman)
The zombie genre has been exploited in many ways. THE RETURNED brings a new twist on the genre. In a world like ours where several zombie outbreaks have already occurred, those that turned to zombies were killed and from their blood the infected were treated with a antiviral drug and are now 'returned' - neither fully human nor quite zombies, they live on the edge that the infection which is constantly within them can turn them into zombies within 24 hours if they are not inoculated every day with the drug.Kate works at the hospital in the Return Unit, helping those who have been <more>
infected by the virus that turns people into zombies. Kate's dedication to her work is absolute, but few people realize that for her it is also a personal matter; Kate's own husband, Alex, has been returned. After various brutal and prolific attacks at the hands of Anti-Return groups and rumours that the "antiviral" stock is running dangerously low, Kate fears for Alex's safety. Suspicious of the government's order that all the returned should report to a secure medical facility 'for their own safety', the couple decides to flee, taking with them as many does of the antiviral protein they can find. They are joined by their best friends Jacob and Amber. At no point does the couple imagine that the real threat is a lot closer than they think A smart sharp script is directed by a talented suspense / horror director Exorcismus joined by a wonderful cast. Worth putting this into film onto your films to watch list.
Like has been said, this is not really a horror film. But a rating of 5.8? How can people be so naive and foolish? This was an intense and taut thriller that was also touching and deep with good dialogue. If you are a QUALITY film viewer and like virus films, you need to see this. It has an excellent, well though out ending instead of your typical cookie-cutter walt Disney ending. The actors are all solid. There is no CGI which I hate to see. Instead they opt for either blocking out the effect or using practical effects and I give them loads of credit for this. This will kind of remind you or <more>
28 Days Later, but is much better, and more drama oriented. The usage of flashbacks and deaths in general are both very good.
After a bloody opening, one would expect the rest of the movie to follow the typical shenanigans of a living dead creature fest; however this is not the case. The Returned plays out more like a drama that displays the desperation of Kate and Alex as the supply of a protein needed to be injected once a day that keeps one from returning to the living dead becomes scarce. Alex is one of "The Returned' – the label for those who are lucky enough to get the solution within four hours of being infected, and his wife Kate is a doctor who treats the survivors.Overall the movie was very <more>
captivating with a top notch cast and a realistic premise of how the response to a shortage of such a protein would be carried out in our society today. The visuals were exquisite, including a few gory scenes. My only criticisms are the ending which I won't mention specifics here that seems unnecessary and a moment where a Security Guard is drinking coffee out of an empty cut. Despite these setbacks, it's worth a watch! 8/10
Excellent story of the aftermath. (by roarshack80)
the abundance of horror films that make their way into the world of film has a slightly more damaging effect on horror stories as a whole when compared to other genres and sub-genres that make up the movie world. seeing this unfortunate trend, it's no surprise when the word 'Zombie' pops up in a movie premise, most people roll their eyes and already give it a thumbs down. with horror movies genre and zombie plots sub- genre it really takes something amazing to stand out. the zombie filmmaking platform can range from someone who has a camera, $500, and a bunch of friends ready <more>
to be covered in homemade red liquid resembling blood. or, to a major movie studio with a blank check and an endless supply of actors ready to stand in front of a green screen while HD cameras roll. and, of course, everything in between.fortunately, there ARE filmmakers out there who care more for a story with substance, than a cheap idea of something that's been done too many times to even explain with boring undertones. The Returned breaks through the majority of 'something different' attempts dealing with the aftermath of a zombie outbreak. it has the elements of good storytelling and makes it a point to stress those elements people look for in something new that has hordes of the old surrounding it. sometimes a great horror story can come from the fact you can almost see it being possible which can make you put yourself in that situation. it's what has always been referred to as 'Movie Magic.' will we ever have to deal with an actual aftermath of a zombie outbreak? to the dismay of zombie culture: highly unlikely. but, could a rare movie come along that has the right elements in the story to make us think that it's possible? according to The Returned, i'm going to go with: yes.as with other sub-genre movies that come from this same sort of filmmaking, i always like to refer to it NOT just being a great insert genre movie, but a great movie in general. basically: if you like great movies, you'll like THIS movie.
Smart movie, that looses it's self trying to keep up the act. (by face-819-933726)
Another movie that should have a larger web presents, and is barely detectable on IMDb. The Returned is one of those movies that wants to be the smart persons zombie flick, it just becomes far too predictable. So as the last act comes everything that was working so well is thrown out, and the movie just degrades into the ironic revenge ending that you could see coming from across the room. This is a well acted, and very well thought out movie with a lot of great ideas. Imagine an alternate Earth on which just before the AIDS epidemic hits there is a Zombie outbreak in which millions die, then <more>
10 years later they have worked out a vaccine, and that is where we come in to the story present day in that Earth. Lots of great story to work with I fully recommend this movie even with the holes left in the plot at the end, and how quickly they try to just wrap everything up. The part of this movie that is beyond broken is the voice over or re-dubbing, most of the time the sound is like an old movie from Montreal in the 70's, or 80's the large man in the fundraising scene was most likely in some of those