A man travels to his ex-girlfriend's flat on the excuse of returning her keys, but soon finds himself trapped inside the building when the area is over-run with infected, flesh-eating neighbours.
Also known as 'Rammbock' (the original name, which means 'battering ram' in German) and 'Berlin Undead', this subtitled horror film has a surprisingly short running time of 63 minutes.
I have to praise the clever use of its low budget. The action takes place at a single location - a block of apartments with a central courtyard. The mass spread of the infection is referred to rather than shown. And gore effects are kept to a minimum. But none of these things have any negative effect on the film, and are barely noticeable. In fact, the restricted location gave a sense of claustrophobia at times, and I liked the way survivors had to communicate by shouting across the courtyard - so near, yet so far away from each other. And the few gore effects used are done well, rather than looking cheap.
The zombies are the fast-moving kind and segments are shot in that 28 Days Later style, with the altered frame rate. The apartment block setting reminded me of [REC]. But rather than being a derivative knock-off of these, the film does hold its own. It even adds to the traditional zombie movie mythology (the infection gets into the brain faster if you get angry or emotional) and has an original ending, which you'll either love or hate.
In short, I know movies about the undead/infected have been done to death lately, but this is still worth a watch. It's not exactly groundbreaking, but it's done well and is entertaining. And it's only an hour long, so you won't have time to get bored even if you wanted to! 3.5/5