An infection has rapidly spread, and three survivors are trying to reach the safety of a military extraction point. Yes, I know - it's another 'zombie apocalypse' film done on a low budget. And in this case, a low budget less than $100.
All of this might make you think this five-minute frightener won't be worth a look. But there are several reasons I'd disagree. Firstly the music sounds great, and really adds to the action, as well as adding a feeling of dread and pathos. It's shot using an interesting mix of Dutch angles, hand-held photography, and different film speeds, which keeps things exciting. The sound effects turn low-cost zombies into something much more scary. And on top of all that, it's well directed, with decent performances from the lead actors. The only flaw is the closing sequence, where the end titles are so visually impressive to look at, I didn't notice the story was actually continuing behind them.
Dead On Arrival uses its micro budget and short running time really well, and the finished film is enjoyable and looks great. I had no problem spending the five minutes it took to watch this. 3.5/5