‘2 Hours’ is a short zombie film that was initially funded via the crowd-funding platform Indigogo, and was made after it raised just over $3000. It was shot entirely on a Canon T2i with only two lenses and a skeleton crew of only three people.
This is a typically modern take on the zombie film and it uses infection as the cause of the zombies. No shambling undead here, it’s running ‘zombies’ all the way.
The title of the film relates to the time frame that it takes an infected human to turn fully into a blood-crazed and infected zombie.
The infection plays out a bit like ’28 Days Later’, where the infected people develop a bloodlust and chase-down any humans, with blood leaking from the eyes and other orifices, as the virus does its best to spread itself.
The plot follows the plight of a survivor who has just become infected.
We join the survivor (who remains nameless in the film) just as his ‘2 Hour’ countdown starts ticking and we experience his emotions and fears through his spoken monologue. We learn about how it feels physically (and metaphysically) as the infection spreads within him, and we also learn snippets of his recent past, just before he became infected, including what seems to be guilt and responsibility for the fate of a woman.
Despite the small budget, the filming is slick and the special effects on the ‘zombies’ are pretty decent (as are the action sequences and gunshot effects). As we aren’t dealing with the undead here, and the film only needs to show freshly infected humans, it can get away with blood-stained faces, red-eyes, and hoodies.
The film is paced well and throws the protagonist into believable lonely open spaces and tense and claustrophobic woods. It is worth sticking around to the ending, as this short film not only takes the infection of the main character to the expected and logical conclusion, but also then tales you beyond after an unexpected pause after the credits. We wont ruin it…….just watch and you will see.
Running Time: 26 minutes.
Directed by: Michael Ballif