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Godforsaken

Canada 2020
produced by
Mariah MacDonald, Chad Tailor, Ghulam Muhiyudin Akbar Kamal (executive) for Tailored Films, Makama Films
directed by Ali Akbar Akbar Kamal
starring Chad Tailor, Katie Fleming, Domenic Derose, Nicole Fairbairn, Chris Kelly, JoAnn Bundock, Pat Raftis, Dan Bieman, Mélie B. Rondeau, Flora Burke
written by Ali Akbar Akbar Kamal, special makeup effects by Sara Feehan

review by
Mike Haberfelner

Chad (Chad Tailor) has returned to his hometown for the funeral of a childhood friend, Lisa (Mélie B. Rondeau) - but at that funeral, she inexplicably comes back to life, scares the living shit out of everyone, and makes a disapperance. Being a documentary filmmaker, Chad returns to town a few days later, his A.D. Katie (Katie Fleming) and D.O.P. Dom (Domenic Derose) in town to make this into a movie. At first, they don't really know where to start as nobody wants to talk about the events, but then they witness Lisa entering Chad's disabled friend Chris's (Chris Kelly) house - with the result that Chris suddenly can walk again. For some reason, Lisa decides to reside in Chris's basement, and Chris invites friends and neighbours with various illnesses to his house where Lisa heals them all. But she also changes something in people, and they suddenly turn into fanatics, with Lisa being their Messiah. Now Chad's mum (Nicole Fairbairn) is one of Lisa's biggest doubters, but once she's touched by Lisa, she becomes a mountain of tears. Thing is, then all those touched by Lisa start killing themselves and return as zombies - and Chad, Katie and Dom soon have to realize they're the only three in town yet normal - and Lisa and her zombies have decided to run them down ...

 

Now admittedly, this movie's found footage style seems a little bit forced as it's not really anchored in the story (other than making the protagonist a filmmaker), and the approach's imminent predilection of shaky camerawork, lack of proper editing and random camera set-ups derives several scenes from coming to their full potential. That's made up though be a really interesting and rather multi-layered script that's well-structured and well-paced to really capture the audience, and the cast is solid enough to breathe the proper life into the story. So good genre entertainment - that nevertheless could have done with a more "cinematic" approach.

 

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