“Stakeland” Film Review

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This film is much better than its title, believe me. The beginning is a little confusing and convenient, however, once we get our characters established, the film becomes something more than just another zombie/ vampire film. The world seems so real and the characters who inhabit this world quickly become someone we actually care about. I guess that makes it a character-driven story. And in this story, the destination of “where” quickly becomes the McGuffin –like the briefcase in Pulp Fiction.

I really liked the themes of: world in chaos, religion, god and even some-type-of-hope jumping right-off the screen. If you really think about it, our world –at present– is not unlike the chaos the characters feel in this film. The middle-east seems embroiled in turmoil; the economy reveals the dog-eat-dog mentality of the masses; rich vs. poor; christians vs. atheists…etc.

More importantly, this film brings back the frightening monsters that seemed to haunt us from the old 70’s horror films. At every turn anything could happen to our beloved characters on-screen, and…it does. There is lots of gore and killing in this film, but this is the norm in this world, so it fits. Live or die. Fight or die. Have hope or die.

The conclusion: If you like post-apocalyptic films like: The Road or I am Legend then you’ll enjoy this…I guarantee.

Aurical Rating: 3 and 1/2 stars out of 5.

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