After the Dawn
Nicole Kruex, Brandon Baker (executive), Shelby Dillion (executive), Austin M. James (executive), Austin M. James (executive), Joel Jameson (executive), Jordan Yale Levine (executive) for Triwar Pictures
directed by Mitchel A. Jones
starring Nicole Kruex, Tommy Propson, Aaron Courteau, Shane McCaffrey, Charles Hubbell, Jim Westcott, Dale Greber, Mike O'Loughlin, Kelly Barry-Miller, Sara Atkinson, Michele DeSelms, James Norgard
written by Mitchel A. Jones, Nicole Kruex, music by Devlin John Andersen, Simon Wilkinson
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Months after the outbreak of an unknown disease that turned most of
humanity into homicidal zombies: Cassie (Nicole Kruex), one of the few who
isn't infected, tries to make it to the East Coast, where she believes to
be a safe haven for humanity and expects to reunite with her brother
(Aaron Courteau). On her journey, Cassie has crossed paths with a 13 year
old catatonic boy, Jake (Tommy Propson), whom she has adopted as her
traveling companion. He helps her fight her loneliness, even though he
doesn't speak. But while she's not taking care of Jake or fighting
zombies, Cassie mainly reminisces about the past, about her boyfriend Alan
(Shane McCaffrey), and how he never got along with her brother, even
though the two were the most important persons of her life. And how Alan
never had time for her because he was a journalist, and often spent weeks
on time in warzones and the like on short notice - including the very area
of the outbreak of the disease.
Eventually, Cassie and Jake, who haven't
seen a living soul in ages, run in more and more live human beings, all of
whom seem to be totally oblivious about what's going on. Then eventually,
Jake disappears, just like that, and Cassie suddenly has to come to term
with a truth even worse than the zombification of the country ...
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Among all the zombie films that have come out in
recent years, this is one of the most interesting, as it doesn't relie too
much on the obligatory zombie attacks and the violence that comes with
them, but instead presents the audience with well fleshed-out characters
with believable conflicts and traumata, and the movie gives this
characters (especially Cassie of course) plenty of room to evolve. Add to
this a subtle and atmospheric directorial effort and a compelling central
performance by Nicole Kruex, and you've got yourself a pretty good movie.