With a very effective opening sequence TR (that’s right I’m shortening this one too!) could initially be confused for your typical undead feature, alas as it progresses it proves to be very different than your average run-of-the-mill, rip-your-guts-out typical zombie gorefest (still there? Give me a moment here folks).
The film's two main characters, Kate and Alex, are introduced and the audience is soon to discover that they have a secret. Kate is a competent care giver who enjoys her job but not the hassles that have recently become associated with it. The country is plagued by “anti-Returned” groups who thrive on pickets, some of the more extreme factions even resort to terrorist attacks. In the wing that Kate works, are a number of the “Returned”, a state defined by a person who is under medication to counteract the effects resulting from a virus contracted from a bite (or by other bodily fluid contact) coming from a person of the undead persuasion.*Takes a breath. I feel like a medical professional after that explanation!
Without giving the story away, which would be easy to do and something I would take insane pleasure in if I didn't care too much for this flick, conditions for both of our main characters go from bad to worse when they share their secret with their closest friends. One of whom is a writer with hopes to release her recently finished project supported by a nationwide tour. She gives an interesting synopsis for her book, which looking back perhaps gives hints at her idiosyncrasies.
This movie thrives more on drama and what if scenarios than gore but still delivers in all areas. The writing is commendable, with scenarios you could actually envision if such a situation were to ever come to fruition. *Incidently the CDC actually has a plan of attack in the case of a Zombie epidemic (or so I've heard!). The film portrays the Government (the same one we all know and love with apparently the same ideals) as being in total control. In fact they are far from it, employing shady methods and covert operations to keep the populace from a widespread state of panic. At times you wonder who the real terrorists are.
The soundtrack is another aspect worthy of note adding that certain something that most films lack giving the film true depth, feeling and atmosphere.
The only qualm I had with the film is the 'twist' (if it is in fact one, I may be looking too much into it?) found in the final scene. Without giving it away, again because I did enjoy this delicious slice of celluloid, many films have ended the way this one has, it leaves you feeling, perhaps hinting at the possibility, that there may be a... sequel? If there is, and it's only half as good as this... count me in!