Sunday, August 9, 2009

Zombie Wars

I've seen very little Indie films in my lifetime, and maybe, for good reason: they are very weird. Here's another Indie film I've watched, out of boredom and frugality. It's a zombie flick (hence the title), set in an apocalyptic present-time when zombies and humans have been engaged in war for fifty years already. The narrator in the opening scene describes that zombies appeared from under the earth and started eating humans they could get their hands on. Those who managed to survive formed tiny groups of resistance against the zombies. From an early age, these humans train in fighting and live in military-like fashion, to equip themselves against the zombies.

The film focuses on a sort of platoon of humans, lead by a female general.
Two of the soldiers are brothers, who reminisce about their father's stories of the time before the zombies came. In a scene, these brothers free a group of young adult girls from a zombie farm. Allegedly, zombies have started their own camps to breed and raise humans to young adulthood for their consumption. The humans raised in such farms cannot speak or read, having been raised in a prison for the sole purpose of being food to zombies.

The story goes like this: David, the better looking brother, develops a liking for one of the freed human-farm girls. In a raid, he and "Star" as he started calling the girl, were separated from the platoon. He was brought to the slave camp with Star, where he had to stay in a cage. He makes friend with another human who can talk and come and go into the human farm, who calls himself "Slither". He discovers that the zombies can communicate with each other and the zombie leaders are more sophisticated than the others. When the zombies made him use soap, he started having doubts, thinking that the zombies aren't sophisticated enough to make their own soap. He confronts Slither, who denies knowledge of the matter.

Slither, on the other hand, communicates with another human who was the brain behind the human-farm. When asked to kill David, Slither hesitates, knowing the difference between killing a zombie and killing a human; killing a human is evil. He agrees to plot with David to destroy the human farm and rescue the humans. Meanwhile, David's platoon has been alert on rescuing David. In the climax of the film, the platoon, David, Star and Slither fight the zombies of the farm and manage to escape. The female general confronts the brains behind the farm, who taught the zombies human farming in order to survive. In the ensuing chaos, Star runs off to the woods; while searching for her, David was mistaken for a zombie and shot in the head. The film ends with the platoon giving David a proper funeral and a note by the narrator that life goes on in the war against zombies.

I personally believe that this film is a sociologist's trap. For one, who's to say that the humans raised in the human farm will be as ignorant as they are portrayed in the film, if this were to happen in real life? Who's to say that they will not develop their own system of communication and education, their method of government and social behavior or fashion their own weapons and plot against zombies? The zombies do not even speak to them. They merely use a system of grunts to communicate, and often eat a human every now and then. How will the farmed humans know right from wrong, that it is wrong to eat another human? Given the fact that humans learn from immitation, how come these humans do not immitate the zombies? Humans throughout history have been known to eat their fellow species, after all.

It will be a puzzle for sociologists and psychologists to predict the proper behavior of a human raised in a human farm run by zombies, I believe.