Cops and gangsters are forced together when they come under attack from fast-moving undead while trapped near the top of a tall building.
French horror films have become known recently for their extreme violence and gore, and The Horde certainly doesn't fall short on that front. The main characters do use guns, but they also use their fists, feet, blades, blunt objects, and various hard surfaces. It's not long into the film before the action starts, and when it does it's pretty relentless. This is certainly not a film to get bored in.
Having said that, through most of the film, the undead are more of a plot device than the stars of the show. The main focus being the strained relationships between the survivors, much like in Romero's original 'Living Dead' trilogy. Principle characters are disposed of along the way, meaning you're never entirely sure which characters are safe. And you never quite know who to trust.
Sound and lighting are used well to build tension and a sense of claustrophobia in the first half of the film. The cinematography successfully combines several different styles. It has the look and feel of a comic book early in the film, particularly in the exterior shots. There are interesting uses of perspective and depth of field. And towards the climax of the film, some shaky, hand-held filming is introduced.
There are elements of the film that I feel less comfortable with, such as the racism and misogyny that come from certain characters. And the lingering depiction of some of the more brutal sequences seems to be revelling in the violence a little too fondly. But apart from that, The Horde is fast moving, shocking, full of action, and entertains. 3.5/5