First reviewed by Julie on Darksiderconfessions on 06/01/2019
IMDb Rating: 5.5/10
R | 1h 35min | Drama, Horror | 23 Feb 2018 (USA) | Movie
Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 66% Fresh (Critics), 46% Rotten (Audience)
Director: David Freyne
Writer: David Freyne
Stars: Ellen Page, Sam Keeley, Tom Vaughan-Lawlor
Movie Tagline: “The cure is just the beginning”…
IMDb summary: A disease that turns people into zombies has been cured. The once-infected zombies are discriminated against by society and their own families, which causes social issues to arise. This leads to militant government interference.
I will get this right out there and say that I’m a huge horror fan. Next to Sci-Fi, horror is probably one of my favourite genres. So when I first heard about The Cured, I was on a mission to watch it. A few other things also helped to persuade me – the movie is set in Ireland (we don’t get a lot of horror films set in Ireland, let’s be real), the movie is distributed in the States by IFC (I’ve had a lot of luck with IFC films of late) and I also like Ellen Page.
So what can you do with a “zombie” movie that hasn’t already been done? We’ve had many fictional “infections” over the years, yielding some decent horror films. What I liked about The Cured is that it doesn’t pretend to be anything else, and at its epicentre are two interconnected relationships on a collision course of ultimate destruction.
The primary focus of the film is Senan (played by Sam Kelley) one of the “cured” – a large part of the Irish population that has been cured of the infection turning people into raging maniacal killers. My GIF above is one scene in the film that I think has the most significance; Senan is on the left, and the man next to him is Conor played by Tom Vaughan-Lawlor, the “alpha dog” who infected Senan and befriended him when they were cured together and released back into society.
The social implications of being infected and then cured become very apparent to Senan and Conor, but Conor can’t seem to let go of the violent tendencies he acted upon when he was infected. Senan, on the other hand, experiences the complete opposite to Conor with nightmares of his time as an infected killer keeping him up at night and eventually, putting a strain on his relationship with his dead brother’s wife (played by Ellen Page).
Conor is the unapologetic antagonist that uses skills from his prior life as a barrister to start an uprising with hand-picked “cured” foot soldiers ready to kill on command. It’s seriously messed up, but in a good way. Ellen Page doesn’t really get a lot of time on screen, but by the film’s end, she is easily the most emotionally scarred, and she portrays this exceptionally well. She is very believable, and my heart ached for her character.
IMDb’s rating of 5.5 out of 10 is a little low. I’ve seen a lot of movies about infected zombie killers (they’re kind of lumped all together, even though technically, they’re not undead) and The Cured is definitely one of the more enjoyable of the bunch (not the best, but not bad enough to see me running for the hills either).