Plot: A mysterious virus has been unleashed, spreading like wildfire and claiming an incredible number of victims, who then escalate the contagion and amplify the dangers involved. Ben (Adam Seybolt) has managed to survive, but his vision is compromised and while he has some drops that help, being mostly blind while surrounded by violent infected is not a fun existence. Meanwhile, Mara (Liv Collins) was on her last day before maternity leave, but once the outbreak began, her plans were thrown out the window and now, she too is in a battle to survive. She has her police training and a trusty gun, but when she crosses paths with Ben, she decides there is strength in numbers, despite both having some obvious limitations. Can these two unlikely allies survive the infected plague or are they just delaying the inevitable?
Entertainment Value: Deadsight is a zombie movie with a serious tone and a focus on the survival aspect, so it is a welcome change of pace, given how self aware and referential most zombie movies have become. The narrative is light and more or less just provides the backdrop for the zombie outbreak, then drops us into the middle of the chaos with our characters. This trend follows over to the leads themselves, as little is given to us as far as who these two are or what their lives were like, which is a double edged sword. I appreciate how the intense survival atmosphere provides an immediate and consistent tension, but I can see how some viewers would like more development or at least more info on the backstories. I think it might have helped in regard to feeling a connection to the characters, but given how the odds are so stacked against them, that alone seems to encourage investment. The pace is on the slow side, but the atmosphere is well crafted and while the zombie attacks aren’t all that frequent, they are effective when they do happen. I found this to be a solid, if not that memorable movie, but zombie fanatics will likely want to check out Deadsight.
I’m sure some will see the blindfolded character and think this is a Birdbox knockoff, but that’s not the case at all. One of the leads is indeed vision impaired however, which adds a lot of tension and even some jump scares to the movie. As we can see the zombies and other dangers long before Ben can, that creates some tense moments and while some shortcuts are taken, I think the blindness aspect is well handled and used to enhance the tension quite well. The performances here are serious and more than solid, but again, not much time is devoted to the characters or narrative, so the performers aren’t given a lot to work with. There is some dialogue, but not much, so the cast has to rely on non verbal elements and reactions, which are frequent, since there are constant dangerous and such here. Adam Seybolt and Liv Collins are rock solid in the lead roles, especially when it comes to the shared scenes. The two make it easy to root for them and hope for their survival, which is much needed in this kind of movie. The cast also includes Jessica Vano and Ry Barrett, with Jesse Thomas Cook in the director’s chair.