Tuesday, March 29, 2016

DEAD RUSH (Review)

DEAD RUSH (2016)

review by AARON ALLEN

Directed by Zach Ramelan

Written by Gavin Michael Booth, Raven Cousens, Zachary Ramelan

Starring: Michael Moote, Raven Cousens, Charlie Hamilton, Caleigh Le Grand, Rich Piatkowski, Austin Duffy
The zombie apocalypse gets up close and very personal this week at the Canadian Film Fest with the World Premiere of Zach Ramelan's zombie action-drama DEAD RUSH (9:30pm, Mar 31)

Based on the short film of the same name, DEAD RUSH presents one man's desperate fight and flight for survival during a zombie apocalypse, told entirely through the protagonist's first person perspective. Theoretically, this should put the audience in an intimate and action-packed front row seat for the end of the world. At least, that was the case in Ramelan's excellent and adrenaline-pumping short film (currently collected in the zombie anthology film Zombieworld). Unfortunately, I am very sad to report, the feature-length treatment of Dead Rush is dreadfully dull and stunted in scope. It squanders its POV gimmick by bogging down the story in sad melodrama instead of action.