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The Night Eats the World
After waking up in an apartment the night after a raging party, Sam comes face to face with his new reality: an army of zombies has invaded the streets of Paris, and he is one of the lone survivors. Petrified with fear, he barricades himself inside the building to survive. He wonders how long can he last in silence and solitude, and the answer comes when he learns that he’s not all alone after all.
The entire story is about Sam (Anders Danielsen Lie), a lonely man who goes to a party in Paris hoping to collect some things belonging to his ex-girlfriend and falls asleep in her office. When he awakes, the room has completely been torn apart and is covered in blood. It’s soon revealed after looking out a window that the entirety of Paris has been overtaken by zombies, so he proceeds to board up the apartment hoping that he can simply wait it out the impending apocalypse. We follow Sam over the course of a few weeks, watching him as his mental state deteriorates and he becomes a risk just as great as the living dead hanging around outside.
Soon enough, we are introduced to Sarah (Golshifteh Farahani) and she and Sam quickly become friends. You also begin to notice a closeness to the characters even though they haven’t actually been developed enough, so them living or dying starts to concern you. Within the apartment, Sam watches as the neighbors across the street trying to escape in a car, only to be overrun by a smaller horde of the undead. In the apartment below, an old man and his wife have followed through on an apparent murder-suicide pact.
The Night Eats The World isn’t really your normal run of the mill zombie flick, it’s something a bit more different. Instead of filling the scenes with buckets of blood and gore, we’re taken along with Sam as he tries to settle in the Parisian apartment without running into any zombies. Yes, it’s as mundane as it sounds, with scenes of Sam going from apartment to apartment stocking up on supplies, playing music, listening to tapes, even trying to lure a cat inside as a companion. Sam actually never even leaves the building.
It’s mostly about routines, and trying to break up those routines, and seeing how the momentary diversions become routines themselves. We don’t really learn much about Sam, except that he is a musician and that he has family about whom he’s worried. There were a couple of amusing scenes when Sam would have cigar-smoking hangouts with a zombie trapped in the elevator (played by Denis Lavant) that were pretty entertaining. However, what it comes down to is that The Night Eats The World doesn’t follow any typical zombie formula that we’re used to and in doing so doesn’t make a movie that is going to leave much of a lasting impression on anyone.
The film’s climactic sequence pits the hero against the zombies in a more direct way as Rocher stages a lengthy chase with a clever use of the levels of the buildings, and it’s quite effective because we’re invested in this character’s dilemma. This is fundamentally a familiar story of survival under extreme circumstances, but at its heart, The Night Eats the World is an evocative study of isolation and loneliness.
Title: The Night Eats the World
Release Date: July 13, 2018
Runtime: 1 hour, 33 minutes
Genre: Horror, Action, Thriller
Studio: Blue Fox Entertainment
Starring: Anders Da13nielsen Lie, Golshifteh Farahani, Denis Lavant
MPAA Rated: TV-14
Directors: Dominique Rocher
Reviewed by: Mad Hatter
Our Rating: 2.6 /5
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