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  • Summary: The Returned is set in a post-zombie world where a treatment called the “Return Protein” can stop the spread of the virus if injected quickly after infection, but cannot cure it. With daily injections, the “Returned” are able to live relatively normal lives, but with brutal attacks at the hands of Anti-Return groups and rumors that protein stock is running low, the world is again on the brink of chaos. In the midst of this turmoil are Alex (Kris Holden-Reid) and Kate (Emily Hampshire), a young, successful and enviable couple that are hiding a long held secret – Alex is Returned. Suspicious that a government order for all the Returned to report to a secure medical facility, the couple flees, taking with them all the doses of “Return Protein” they have. Now in a race against the clock and few places to turn, they must face their worst fears and come to grips with the reality that if they are neither human nor zombies, who exactly are the Returned? [levelFILM] Collapse
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 9
  2. Negative: 1 out of 9
  1. Reviewed by: Susan Wloszczyna
    Feb 14, 2014
    63
    It is less of a horror flick and more of a suspense thriller with sci-fi elements that possesses both brains–some sacrificed in messy fashion, of course–and a heart, as it makes a statement about an imaginary social issue that reflects those conflicts facing our country today.
  2. Reviewed by: Adam Nayman
    Mar 27, 2014
    63
    The Returned can’t transcend its packaging as a genre piece: It swaps out an entire set of horror-movie manoeuvres for trite, TV-style thriller tricks.
  3. Reviewed by: Jonathan Holland
    Jan 20, 2014
    60
    Though well put together -- it keeps up the interest throughout and offers much food for thought -- the film lacks the authentically unsettling note that would have made it stand out.
  4. Reviewed by: Tomas Hachard
    Feb 14, 2014
    60
    Zombies are a versatile source for metaphor, whether they represent a deadened consumerist society, a victimized minority or a worldwide medical disaster. In The Returned, they serve best as an unseen peril, one that's growing inside Alex and threatening to undo his and Kate's enviable existence.
  5. Reviewed by: Kevin Jagernauth
    Feb 17, 2014
    42
    There is something potentially special in the elements of The Returned, with its allusions to class and social structures, and stigmas held around people with certain afflictions. But it merely nods toward them with no commentary or depth.
  6. Reviewed by: Robert Abele
    Feb 13, 2014
    40
    Though an admirable shake-up of the typically overbearing, munch-intensive undead yarn, The Returned is still a far cry from the smarts-and-shocks zombie allegories George Romero mastered.
  7. Reviewed by: Ed Gonzalez
    Feb 9, 2014
    38
    It proves that the zombie narrative is still capable of subversion, but does so with the laziest, Lifetime-grade intimations of social relevance.

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  2. Mixed: 0 out of 1
  3. Negative: 0 out of 1
  1. Mar 15, 2014
    7
    Okay was looking for a zombie flick saw this and read it's premise and decided to give it a go. You know what, it wasn't that bad. It takes the already dulling zombie genre and injects a bit of "life" into it by giving you a sceanrio where the zombie outbreak has already happened and humanity had the brains to overcome it and find a way to control it. We get to see a world (well just a city actually) where those who were once zombie infected now live among those who never got bitten. Obviously there's tension between those who are infected and those who are pure. It creates some tense moments, but it kinda takes a dive by the delivery of the actors. They're not horrible by any means it's just in some scenes they seem over the top. If you're looking for shots of terrific zombie gore this isn't for you. This movie plays out as more of a drama along the lines of the Walking Dead (actually it's better than most of this season) but will keep you entertained to the end. The ending of this film is actually quite good and nicely caps off the movie. Not the bloodiest zombie movie, but one of the smartest. Expand

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