An explosion at a biological weapons plant in Montgomery county creates a chemical cloud that turns humans into flesh-eating zombies. Jim finds himself unaffected by the chemical but trapped within the quarantine zone as the zombies close in.
Jay Hayden (Jim), Andy Stahl (Pivens), Tori White (Ix), Scott Lilly (Scott), Kathryn Norman (Julie), McKenna Jones (Emilie), Loren Albanese (Jeremy).
State of Emergency starts off by first showing us the end of the film, then rewinding four days and showing us how we got to such an ending. At first the film looked like it would be a poor production quality B-movie but our opinion changed as the film quickly started working on a plot and character development got into gear. From there the film was a pretty good balance of zombies and drama, though just a bit less drama would have been good.
Acting was decent from Hayden who seems to have a lot of promise. White was mildly interesting, putting decent effort into a fairly mundane character. Albanese could use quite a bit more practice with poorly timed delivery and serious lack of emotion.
Camera work, sets, and backgrounds were all somewhat low budget but created an interesting context for the film at the same time. In the end, the low budget theme actually worked for this one. Zombie and physical effects were pretty good considering the film appears low budget. Dialogue was a bit dry at times and again, focused on as much drama as it did zombies. Sound and soundtrack were both okay.
Overall State of Emergency is a pretty solid zombie flick for a low budget creation. Although there is substantial focus on the drama and emotion of the survivors, the film also has some nice suspense and BOO moments with the zombies. Those who want all zombies all the time will be disappointed while those who enjoy a broader plot will enjoy this more.
With violence, gore, and of course zombies this should be fine for older teens and above.
copyright ©2013 Dave Riedel
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