The dead are returning to life and attacking the living. An American wind turbine engineer with the help of a local boy attempt a 300 mile journey to reunite with his pregnant Indian girlfriend.
Brothers Howard and Jonathan Ford add an usually unexplored religious angle with the obligatory social commentary subtext making The Dead 2: India as relevant as it’s predecessor. While not as eerie as the first and lacking some logic in both dialogue and decision making, with Nicholas Burton’s (played by Joseph Milson) seemingly six sense knowledge of what’s going on there’s still plenty to enjoy.
The India setting and on location shoot gives part two a realistic gritty, dusty and atmospheric feel. The traditional shambling dead are creepy enough and retain an air of menace with their biting and tearing of flesh, although their white eyes do feel slightly dated and over used. That’s said, there’s more gunplay, more blood and more zombies. With gripping stand out scenes, the crashed car execution, convoy executions, parachute escape and a car going over a cliff to name a few. The directors also deliver some excellent visual moments, a motor cycle blazing across the Indian wastelands, forgotten temples, grand cities, hovering helicopters, jets and burning slums to name a few.
This Ford Brother offering is probably the most grounded undead film since their first outing and Romero’s original trilogy. The director/writers again manage to give their zombie outing scope with a fantastic naturalistic visual style as the engineer and boy go from one village to the next complemented by Imran Ahmad’s music score.
Overall, while not as tension filled and ominous as The Dead, The Dead 2 doesn’t try to reinvent the wheel giving the viewer a much needed solid and serious piece of zombie entertainment. Recommend.