The not-too-distant future: The war against the zombies has been fought
and won. Writer Eduardo Fonseca (Manuel Eduardo Ramirez) has never served
but followed the goings-on from the living room of his inner city home.
But to sort of still pay his respect to those who defended his freedom ...
heck his life, he has teamed up with the last three survivors (Dominique
Marsell, Kyle Gordon, Alec Gearhart) to listen to their account of the
battle of Gory Ridge and revisit the old battlegrounds.
Now the battle
of Gory Ridge was no big battle, nothing that will long be remembered in
history books, rather a strategic operation put into motion to make the
superiors look better - so a battallion of six soldiers (the three above
plus Travis O'Leary, Dane O'Leary, Will Le Fevre) were sent into a battle
as reinforcement, even though their numbers already suggested there was
little they could achieve - in other words, they were cannonfodder. Plus
they had to march for four sleepless days to get to their destination,
which seriously played into their readiness of course. So when the zombies
finally attacked, our heroes were already as good as fucked.
them to their old battlegrounds, Fonseca gets a hint of the horrors of
war, the constant fear for one's life, the horror of seeing dead bodies,
of seeing your best friends being eaten alive, and the had decisions you
have to make on the battlefield - and it explains why the three survivors
of the battle have come back as emotional wrecks ...
though Ridge War Z is a zombiefilm on paper, it's less about
zombies and more of a war movie, but not one celebrating war's heroes or
wanting to make an anti-war statement but rather a (very realistic)
depiction of the horrors of war, actually done with minimal action or
effects work (apart from the finale) and more through little stories by
the wayside, pieces of dialogue, simple gestures by the soldiers and the
like. And despite being about a (very fictional) war against zombies, this
movie here feels truer than most cinematic depictions of war, and while it
seems at first a little odd to dedicate a zombie movie to those who have
served in the forces, in the end it seems a very fitting dedication.