I’m not only a writer and a huge fan of books; but I’m also an aspiring screenwriter (currently in the early stage of learning the craft) who is a lover of films especially if they include zombies.
Exit Humanity is not your typical zombie movie. The film is not filled with gruesome gore and killings. In fact, the storyline involving a zombie outbreak is just one of the subplots of the movie rather than the main one. The heart of this story centers around Edward Young (brilliantly played by Mark Gibson), a Civil War veteran, who grapples with his own humanity and that of others throughout the film. How does one remain sane or even benevolent in the midst of so much death and pain?
For those who haven’t seen the movie, don’t worry, there will be no spoilers here.
Exit Humanity is John Geddes’ directorial debut and it is a thing of beauty. The story is engaging and at times unexpected. The characters are rich and believable. The cinematography is authentic and beautiful. Geddes working with a low-budget managed to create a masterpiece within the zombie genre. There are layers to the storyline unlike most zombie movies that are meant to be savored slowly. It is not something to be watched mindlessly or just for the action.
It was a pleasant surprise to find such a gem among an already saturated genre that wasn’t afraid to take a slightly different approach to where a story was more character-driven rather than plot-driven, and end up actually being a well-crafted movie.
If this is the kind of quality we can expect from John Geddes as a director in the future, then I can’t wait for his next film🙂
(*First published on A writer and her adolescent muse on March 20, 2013)