Tuesday 10 September 2013

DVD review: Patient Zero (2012)

A biological disaster in a secret goverment lab unleashes a hellstorm of fury in this heart-stopping follow-up from the makers of Humans Versus Zombies. Now, this unfortunate group of scientists will learn that death is for the lucky as they witness the horrific transformation of their colleagues into ravaging, blod-thirsty savages. Will the scientists succeed in exposing the government's cover up, or better yet, will any of them manage to make it out alive? Patient Zero is written and directed by Brian T. Jaynes. The acting is good, it´s professionally shot and edited. I really like the setting, the cold laboratory and corridors. The soundtrack is good. The pace is a bit slow at first but it kicks off pretty soon and after that it´s a fun and entertaining ride with tension and some effective scares. Now this flick is not a zombie movie instead it´s more in the territory of the crazy savages of Danny Boyle´s 28 Days Later. I like the fact that the tactical team that arrives on scene actually acts like they know what they´re doing and have the proper equipment and weaponry. There´s brief gore in this, practical make-up fx. Sure as a flick Patient Zero is pretty violent but it isn´t overtly graphic, it actually feels a bit restrained as there are without a doubt several scenes that could have been gorier. The lack of gore could be a artistic choice or due to the limitations of the budget. There´s no T and A in this.
Patient Zero is also known as: Biohazard: Patient Zero.
This review is based upon the region 1 DVD release from Hannover House.
Rating: 6 out of 7. I liked this a lot and Patient Zero delievers on many levels but I must say that more on screen gore would have greatly benefited the flick, sure it´s pretty violent but it lacks that punch that graphic gore provides.



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