“FEAR has two meanings: Forget Everything And Run. Or, Face Everything And Rise. The choice is yours”
A sickness has spread, restricting travel and resulting in the introduction of curfews and checkpoints. The military had to get involved, building walls through the mountains before leaving, cutting people off from the outside world. As more people disappeared a family moves further into the wilderness where every day is a fight for survival, and nobody can be trusted.
All of this we learn from words appearing on screen in the opening moments of Forget Everything And Run (aka F.E.A.R), which will be available on digital download from 26th April. Our first introduction to the family fighting for their survival is with father Ethan (Jason Tobias) training his son Josh (Danny Ruiz) to take out an approaching zombie with a rifle. But Josh isn’t confident enough with a weapon just yet and there’s a bit of a scuffle before Ethan eventually manages to overpower and eliminate the threat.
When they return to the rundown building they currently call home, there’s been a disturbance but thankfully Ethan’s wife Josephine (Marci Miller) is ok, as is their daughter Mia (Cece Kelly). But it’s not long before the people who attempted to raid their home come back to try again. Like The Walking Dead and the majority of post-apocalyptic zombie movies out there, it turns out that it’s the human survivors that we should be fearing the most.
The synopsis for F.E.A.R is “The Walking Dead meets The Revenant in this mind-blowing zombie horror.” and it’s fair to say that if you approach F.E.A.R expecting it to live up to that synopsis, you’re going to be very disappointed. Aside from the zombie at the start of the movie, and a burst of zombie action in the final moments, that’s it. And as for The Revenant, well apart from being set in a desolate snowy location, that’s about it.
If anything, what F.E.A.R most closely resembles, is A Quiet Place. The focus is always firmly on a single, close-knit family and their fight for survival together, with the first half-hour or so spent getting to know them as a family. Instead of taking us back, showing us how the infection broke, or how everything descended into chaos, the handful of flashbacks we do get succeed in showing us a loving family during happier times. We go back seven years, with Ethan and Josephine on a night out in a bar, and then just two years ago, with the whole family enjoying a camping holiday together. All of this feels very believable and grounded, thanks to strong performances from every single member of the family.
When their life together is placed in jeopardy by the arrival of others out for survival, things take a dramatic and interesting turn, but never really go anywhere. The predicament they find themselves in is lengthy and drawn out and all of the directions and answers you hope from the movie remain unfulfilled. It’s the simple but believable performances that keep this from being a complete disappointment.
Signature Entertainment presents Forget Everything And Run on Digital Platforms 26th April
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