review by AARON ALLEN
Directed by Michael Ballif
Starring Josh Merrill and Brooke Hemsath
How much life do you waste in just two hours?
How much brainless reality TV do you consume? How many LOL cat pictures do you scroll through? How many times do you refresh your Twitter feed? Now, imagine that you only had two hours left to live, and when your clock ran out, you'd become a member of the walking dead. This is the problem that faces a desperate survivor in director Michael Baliff's zombie short 2 Hours, which has its Canadian Premiere at Fright Night Theatre on April 19th. Think about it. What would you do with your last two hours, and do you think it could ever be enough?
In 2 Hours, a virus that turns the infected into rabid, flesh-hungry animals has spared only a small handful of survivors. Humanity is left to fend for itself outside the ruin of civilization while avoiding the toxic bite of the fast-movie and ferocious infected that hunt them. There is a cure for the infection, but if its not taken in time, those who are infected reanimate as cannibalistic monsters. After suffering a bite, a nameless and isolated survivor (Josh Merrill) has only two hours left to live, so he makes a desperate attempt to reach his group and their stock of the cure. As the virus rages its way through his body, however, he begins to lose his grip on reality. Trapped within his bio-hazardous fever dreams, he is forced to confront the ghosts of his past and the terrifying inevitability of change.
"Sometimes, the most beautiful moments in life come from the worst ones." This line from 2 Hours is also the film's central thesis and aesthetic mission. Set during the apocalypse, in which grotesque mockeries of the human condition tear living men and women apart with bloodied hands and teeth outside our marvelous cities that now decay and crumble, there is still beauty in the most violent and ugly of things. Shot on a handheld camera that occasionally occupies the POV of the survivor and puts us over-the-shoulder as if in a video game, 2 Hours is alive with cinematographic beauty and light. It's a graceful, beautiful film shot with a deft hand and astounding vision. With a bitter sweet score that deftly takes the audience through pulse-pounding action to melancholy and then finally to death's exalting inevitability, 2 Hours clearly demonstrates that the zombie genre isn't out-played yet. If you know your art, there's still something meaningful to be expressed in the zombie apocalypse about life and death.
Be some of the first to see 2 Hours on the big screen in Canada. Check out its Canadian Premiere at Fright Night Theater's Horror Short Film Showcase 2
FRIGHT NIGHT THEATRE: April 19, 2013
25 Dundurn Street North, Hamilton, Ontario L8R 3C9
Admission $5 (cash only)