The Cured: Film Review

We have seen many zombie films and TV shows in recent years so I didn’t really think we needed another one. However, The Cured has found a new, fresh way into the genre, and it was pretty damn interesting.

The Cured is set following the outbreak of the Maze Virus in Ireland. A cure has been found and 75% of the infected have been cured of the disease but they are discriminated against and can remember everything they did while they were a zombie. The cured are not trusted and they are mistreated by the public, leading the cured to revolt against them, using the 25% infected as ammunition.

The film mainly follows Senan (Sam Keeley), who has been cured and is assigned to live with his American sister-in-law Abbie (Ellen Page), who is unable to return to her native America with her son following the death of Senan’s brother. Senan is put to work in the virus treatment centre, where he discovers the infected still think the cured are one of them, and he is recruited by Conor (Tom Vaughan-Lawlor), who infected him, into the activist group.

The Cured is pretty damn bleak, very grey and grim, and it took me a while to get into it, but you can’t help but get behind Senan as he is torn between Conor and Abbie. He just wants his life back, but he is haunted by what he did and the public won’t let him forget it. Abbie is a journalist reporting on different aspects of the virus, who sometimes pries a bit too much, and Conor is determined to fight for the rights of the cured whatever the cost, furious that he’s been given a cleaning job when he used to be a lawyer.

The tension builds up throughout as the sides prepare to go up against each other and the climax is very exciting, gripping and intense. Page, Vaughan-Lawlor and Keeley are all excellent, the film is occasionally scary and violent, and it provides a fresh perspective on the zombie genre so it doesn’t feel like something we’ve seen before.

In cinemas Friday 11th May 

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