What if flesh-eating zombies were returned to their old lives – and had to reintegrate back into an unforgiving society? Ellen Page and Tom Vaughan-Lawlor star in an original, innovative and surprising post- zombie film from Ireland.
What happens when the undead return to life? In a world ravaged for years by a virus that turns the infected into zombie-like cannibals, a cure is at last found and the wrenching process of reintegrating the survivors back into society begins. Among the formerly afflicted is Senan, a young man haunted by the horrific acts he committed while infected.
Welcomed back into the family of his widowed sister- in-law, Senan attempts to restart his life but is society ready to forgive him and those like him? Pulsing with provocative parallels to our troubled times, The Cured is a smart, scary, and hauntingly human tale of guilt and redemption.
Following the screening Rory Friers and Niall Kennedy from And So I Watch You From Afar, who soundtracked the film, will take part in a short Q&A.
What lifts this Irish film above the [standard zombie flick] are the moral dilemmas, the shaky ground underneath either side of those dilemmas and performances that can be downright wrenching in their humanity.Movie Nation
The result is a very creepy, suspenseful story that’s also a better-than-average character study. And as you may have inferred upon my saying the film was set in Ireland, the premise has a great deal of potential for allegory and metaphor. Freyne’s hand here is assured; his world-creation doesn’t lay things on too thick, but the points concerning trust, distrust and the weight of history and personal conscience are all hit with a satisfying directness.Eventually, the tension between the characters and their individual situations has to break, and this is the point at which the movie becomes its most conventional, with riots and chases and near-misses in the bit-by-one-of- the-infected department. For its familiarity, it’s still engaging, and the final shots have a nice sting in the tail. Freyne is a filmmaker to watch, to be sure, and “The Cured” is going to be a genre film to beat in 2018.Glenn Kenny, Rogerebert.com