Z is another version of zombie apocalypse, this time set in the reality of modern Russia. The outbreak starts when Nikolay Baskov, a pop-singer, gets attacked right in the middle of his performance.
As characteristic to most of the zombie movies, books, comic strips, whatever, this novella does not address reasons and origin of the disease, which is completely understandable, because the concept of zombies, as vivid and rich as it is, has the level of plausibility close to 0, and would simply fall apart at any attemt to get to its bottom. This should be taken into account, although giving too much attention would be a mistake of another kind.
What matters (and this is where the authors mesmerized by the idea can actually write something interesting), is the stories of people who found themselves in the circumstances this extreme. And, of course, the authenticity of the environment where it all takes place.
And I have to say, Vasiliy Sigarev knows how to manage that. People depicted in his movie are very much believable, same as the relations between them, their speech, behaviour, etc. The acting is great (and the appearances by Bashirov and Baskov bring it up to the level of fascinating). The direction is perfect.
Special effects are totally mind-blowing. From the point of view of technical implementation, it’s pretty much flawless. Combined with music, dialogs (as scarce as they are), and everything else, it sums up to an outstanding work of cinema. Totally worth checking out:
Released in: 2017
Directed by: Vasiliy Sigarev
Written by: Vasiliy Sigarev
Performed by: Aleksandr Bashirov, Nikolay Baskov, Pavel Basov, Svetlana Kamynina, Evgeniy Kharlanov, Vitaliya Kornienko, Pyotr Korshunkov, Oleg Korytin, Nadezhda Podyapolskaya, Vladimir Simonov, Ivan Tityaev, Yana Troyanova
Entertaining quality: 5 out of 5
Art quality: 4+ out of 5
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