La Nuit A Dévoré Le Monde (Original Title)
Quick Verdict: A lonely zombie film
Zombie films are common place these days. You need something to make you stand out from the rest. The Night Eats The World does just that. This low budget French film stars Anders Danielsen Lie as Sam, a man who survives the zombie apocalypse by being hauled up in a Paris apartment block and avoiding any risk.
The idea of Sam staying put and trying to just survive in the apartment is a great take on the saturated genre. Not every filmmaker would be brave enough to attempt such a low key zombie film, but Dominique Rocher does, and it pays off. The film is a character study of loneliness and shows Sam’s descent into madness over lack of hope and communication. It’s a slow burner and probably not to the taste of those who like their zombie movies with limbs flying and blood flowing.
I do like the slight nod to the I Am Legend novel where Sam says to his zombie friend Alfred ‘Dead is the norm now. I’m the one who’s not normal.’ It was a nice touch. I’m not sure if it was deliberate, but I enjoyed it none the less.
The addition of an extra character two-thirds of the way through the film is also brave but works well. It’s a thought provoking take on the zombie genre, and although I’ve read people were disappointed with the finale, I thought it was well placed and if the film had continued, we’d be watching a different kind of film.
It’s Cast Away meets zombies.