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6 Degrees Entertainment

'State of Emergency'
(Jay Hayden, Andy Stahl, Tori Whit, et al / DVD / R / (2010) 2013 / IMAGE Entertainment)

Overview: After an explosion unleashes the contents of a military bio-weapons plant, the unsuspecting populace is transformed into a roaming army of flesh-eating zombies. Trapped in the quarantine zone, Jim (Jay Hayden, 'A Warrior's Heart') finds himself cut off, confused and fighting for his own survival.

DVD Verdict: Now, as much as the writers/directors the Clay Brothers are great at what they do, and have provided what some might call an "intelligent" zombie movie here in 'State of Emergency, it still has to be said that, from my perspective, it just didn't work on so many different levels.

It's a slow start, which is never good, no real explanation is given for the lead actors (Jay Hayden) disorientation. Aside from the fact he is seen running with his girlfriend (obviously) dying in his arms thru some fields, sirens wailing, they seem to also be vastly alone in the act too!

Another one of those flashback movies, which I hate, there is much more of it as we progress, inclusive of some fluffy miss-my-lovely-GF scenes too! Suddenly he stumbles upon other survivors like him, the next hour is spent locked in a warehouse either shouting at each other, making out with each other, or learning how to use guns! Sure the zombies get their screen time, eventually, but they just look like normal humans with some chalky powder mixed with dirt on their faces, some blood "flicked" across also for effect!

More dreamy flashbacks and then at around the 1 hour 20 minute mark we get what has to only be called the "twist" of the piece! Information now abounding, it does nothing to the pot or the film's outcome. Instead it simply fades out on a hospital love connection between our hero and one of the female survivors! These is a Widescreen Presentation (1:85.1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs.

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