The Cured (NC16)
Starring Ellen Page, Sam Keely
Directed by David Freyne
The familiar tale of the ex-con trying to assimilate into society is reimagined as a zombie picture from Ireland. Here, the reformed offender is Senan (Sam Keely), who was once infected by a zombie virus.
Though cured, he still remembers his flesh-munching days. Ellen Page is Senan’s widowed sister-in-law, the only one welcoming him back with open arms, while the others shun him (and his kind).
The first two-thirds of David Freyne’s debut feature is a thoughtful but plodding political allegory about fear and oppression, but perks up when it becomes a more traditional zombie flick in the final act. (**1/2)