I can’t remember the last time I watched an independent, low budget film have so much ambition and actually pull everything off with such ease. John Geddes’ Exit Humanity is wonderfully crafted, bringing originality back to the over-saturated zombie sub-genre.
I don’t even know where to begin with this one. Let me start by saying you will never see another zombie film quite like this. The story is split up into chapters, allowing for easier transitions between the segments of the tale. The narration by Brian Cox is beautifully done and I can’t envision using anyone better for this role, other than perhaps Morgan Freeman, who has become known as the greatest narrator of all time it seems. Cox’s voice adds a level of emotion to this film that would greatly be missed if it were not present.
The acting was done very well and horror fans will be happy to see a few icons pop up in the cast, including Bill Moseley (Night of the Living Dead, The Devil’s Rejects), Dee Wallace (The Hills Have Eyes, Popcorn), and Stephen McHattie (Pontypool). Furthermore, the makeup effects were pretty impressive and overall the zombies had a great look to them.
The most creative part of this entire film, I feel, is the fact that it is a time piece, taking place post-civil war, intertwined with not only terror, but drama, as well. Instead of relying heavily on gore and hordes of the walking dead, Geddes and co. are more concerned with telling the story of Edward Young and how he copes with the loss of his loved ones after this outbreak has occurred.
In addition to the great acting, the awesome make-up and effects, and the outstanding narration, viewers are also treated to some of the best artwork and animation I’ve seen in a long time. Interspersed throughout Exit Humanity are scenes depicting some of the events that have taken place. The animation and art design team did an amazing job with these pieces, allowing for the budget to remain low, while still delivering an outstanding film.
If you love zombie flicks and want to see one of the most original ones out there, look no further than Exit Humanity. I give it 4 torches out of 5.