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Among the Living

France 2014
produced by
Fabrice Lambot, Caroline Piras, Jean-Pierre Putters for Metaluna Productions, SND
directed by Alexandre Bustillo, Julien Maury
starring Théo Fernandez, Zacharie Chasseriaud, Damien Ferdel, Anne Marivin, Fabien Jegoudez, Francis Renaud, Nicolas Giraud, Chloé Coulloud, Béatrice Dalle, Dominique Frot, Emmanuel Lanzi, Sidwell Weber
written by Alexandre Bustillo, Julien Maury, music by Raphael Gesqua, visual effects by Laurens Ehrmann

review by
Mike Haberfelner

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It's the last day of school, and they're still up for detention, so 14 year olds Victor (Théo Fernandez), Tom (Zacharie Chasseriaud) and Dan (Damien Ferdel) decide to skip school after lunch and roam the countryside and do what 14 year olds do, like smoking a cigarette, burning down a barn, and exploring a nearby abandoned film studio backlot ... where they find a scared shitless tied up girl in the trunk of a car. They can't really do anything for her because they are chased off by someone, then taken into custody by the police (for burning down the barn) - but when the police check the backlot, there's no tied up woman there ... so now the boys are in big trouble ...

Thing is, the backlot isn't completely uninhabited, somewhere a basement, Isaac (Francis Renaud) and his son Klarence (Fabien Jegoudez) hide out. Isaac was exposed to poisonous gas when he was in the war that caused his genes to change and turn Klarence into a homicidal mutant who, despite only 6 years of age, is bigger and stronger than any normal grown up man. And Isaac likes to send him out to kidnap women for him since he feels alone since his pregnant wife (Béatrice Dalle) has killed herself rather than giving birth to another mutant and having to see Klarence grow up. Now though, thanks to the boys, their secret is endangered, But Isaac finds out where the boys live - so he sends out Klarence to take care of them ...

Dan and Tom are quickly taken care of, Dan because his rich parents neglect him anyways, Tom because his violent father is stupid as hell ... but Victor comes from a functional family and has two little sisters - and this family fights to the last and ultimately takes the fight back to the Isaac and Clarence's home when he abducts one of the girls ...


Among the Living is a bit of an uneven film: One on hand, it has some pretty good shocks, suspense and chase scenes, and its "monster" is well-conceived and scary as hell. Also, much of the plot is less than predictable, and the narration makes quit a few interesting points. On the other hand though, the scenes of the three boys roaming the countryside are clichéed as can be, and that the functional family manages to survive might not have predictably from the beginning, but at the end it's more than cheesy.

Still, it's good genre entertainment - but at the same time rather flawed.


review © by Mike Haberfelner


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