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Colin


Rod Lott October 19th, 2010

 

Every penny poured into the zombie film "Colin" appears onscreen. Too bad it only cost $75.

Actually, that's all it needed. Imagination is free, and writer/director/producer/editor/DP/sound designer Marc Price exhibits plenty in his DIY feature debut, which is about a zombie apocalypse. That's nothing new, except that this one is told from the perspective of one of those zombies, instead of the fleeing humans. It's an idea so simple and novel, you wonder why it hasn't been done before.

Our protagonist, Colin (Alastair Kirton) becomes infected and turned into one of the undead in the first scene. Slowly, he shambles his way out of his home to find some fresh meat, and it's panic on the streets of London. With the film containing little dialogue, you get not quite inside Colin's head, but certainly sympathetic to his situation. Kirton's performance is all physical, and he does a great job making you feel sorry for him, much like Bub in George Romero's 1985 classic "Day of the Dead."

The problem is that this idea can sustain itself only for about half an hour. By then, I'd seen plenty. Previously, Price had shot shorts, so one wonders how much more effective this would be at one-third the length. —Rod Lott

 
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