THE DEAD 2: INDIA
THE DEAD 2
Perhaps even more so than they did in The Dead, the Ford Brothers deliver a beautifully photographed film. From the opening montage of Indias slums on, they depict a great sense of place. There are shots in the film that shout out with a great visual splendour Joseph Millsons view down from halfway up a wind turbine as he witnesses the silent mime of a farmer being attacked by a zombie; the aerial shots circling the roof of the building where he prepares the propeller-driven backpack hang glider as the zombies surround him; a shot of him drifting across the land as the sun sets and a zombie feebly tries to reach up to him. The film also delivers tensions much more than the first film did, especially out of the scene where Joseph Millson struggles to get the hang glider to catch the wind from the rooftop as he is surrounded by zombies only to take off and come back to the ground into the midst of the horde down below.
Eventually, The Dead 2: India settles for being a repeat of the first film an American mans struggle to make it across country to board the last flight out as the entire nation succumbs to zombie infection. This has the added element of hero Joseph Millson struggling to get to his girl (Meenu) who has just found that she is pregnant and is fearful of telling her strict father (Sandip Datta Gupta). This does lead to a strikingly original piece of writing where she confronts her father and tells him that the zombie horde proves that his religion must be false as Hinduism promises reincarnation, not the flesh resurrected. The grimmest piece of writing is the scene where Joseph Millson comes across a woman and child trapped in a car surrounded by zombies where he pulls his gun and we wonder for a long moment if he is going to do a mercy killing only for him to tell them he is just going to shoot loose the seat restraint that is trapping them but to then turn and shoot the both of them in the head. The only negative point of the film is its abrupt and frustratingly downbeat ending.
The Ford Brothers subsequently went onto make the thriller Never Let Go (2015).