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Transit 17

UK 2019
produced by
Macromovie Filmworks
directed by Guy Bleyaert
starring Guy Bleyaert, Zara Phythian, Lee Charles, Kimberly Stahl, Daniel Pala, John Flanders, Silvio Simac, Stefanie Joosten, Davide Durbano, Lucas Tavernier, Themo Melikidze, Brian Slayne, Patrick Miceli, Peronella Van Kastel, Maria Melikidze, Kevin Van Doorslaer, Ignace Paepe, Jean-Paul Van der Velde, Axelle Ava
written by Guy Bleyaert, music by Anna Van Duyvenvoorde, Guy Bleyaert, makeup effects by Johanna Cool, Tim De Cubber, Laura De Corte, fight choreography by Vic Marke, Zara Phythian

review by
Mike Haberfelner

In a dystopian not-too-distant future, humankind has been vastly decimated by a zombie virus - and it wouldn't be humans if there weren't some who saw this as the chance of their lifetime, like General Ratzinger (Jean-Paul Van der Velde), who saw this as the perfect opportunity to seize command of continental Europe with his militia. Of course, there are still pockets of resistance, but Ratzinger's second-in-command, the Commander (Silvio Simac), and his "sniffers" are bound to take them out once and for all. One such resistance group is led by Robert (John Flanders), and having top hacker Rene (Davide Durbano) among their ranks makes them rather well-equipped to escape the sniffers' radar. But then they get the assignment to smuggle Jen (Maria Melikidze), a girl immune against zombie bites to England where there are facilities to develop a cure for the zombie virus, and of course, Robert sends his best team - Tex (Guy Bleyaert), Eve (Zara Phythian), Brad (Lee Charles), Deena (Kimberly Stahl) and Daniel (Daniel Pala) - to pick up the girl and drop her with her father (Kevin Van Doorslaer), who's to take her across the Channel. Problem is, once they're moving, Tex and company pretty much become a target for the sniffers, and they won't stop at anything to get members of the resistance, even if that means destroying humankind's only hope ...

 

Transit 17 is most certainy a very interesting genre mix, it's in equal parts dystopian sci-fi and action, zombie and war film, and yet it works as a coherent whole, thanks to a solid script that doesn't aim higher than the budget allows coupled with a direction that sees that every penny (and then some) can be seen on screen, a swift pace that really keeps the audience on the edge of their seats throughout, nicely executed action setpieces and an emphasis on atmosphere. And add to that a very capable cast, and you've got yourself a winner for sure.

 

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