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Jason Widgington [Celluloid 08.04.15] post apocalyptic scifi horror thriller



When is a sequel unnecessary? Most of the time, actually, and unfortunately Antisocial 2 happens to be one of those times. What starts out as a promising post-apocalyptic film about the first film’s survivor, Sam (Michelle Mylett), struggling to avoid "the connected" – those who were irreversibly infected by the Social Redroom’s computer virus from the first film – quickly turns into a somewhat uneventful treatise on the so-called evils of technology and the youth of today, who somehow seem to be the only ones who know how to use a computer and navigate social media adequately.

Antisocial 2 picks up shortly after the events of the first film, with Sam experiencing labor pains while running from some of the infected. She’s saved by a seemingly benevolent stranger and we quickly learn that she’s only four months pregnant but that she has to have that baby now. As soon as she gives birth to an apparently quite healthy baby boy, though, the stranger takes him and leaves Sam to bleed out. Fast forward three years and Sam is desperately searching for her son across a barren landscape populated by infected people as well as those who have never been infected and are afraid of those they call "defects."

While Antisocial was a tight, if not wholly original, horror film with a bad-ass heroine, the only thing ported over from the original to Antisocial 2 is said heroine. That’s not to say that director Cody Callahan (who co-wrote the film with his Black Fawn Films brethren Chad Archibald and Jeff Maher) messes things up completely. The scenes of Sam alone, and later with Bean, surviving out in the wild are beautifully shot and fraught with tension. On a limited budget, Callahan easily conveys the feeling of a desolate world that’s been overrun by zombie-like creatures. Mylett and Halpert turn in fine performances as well, but as soon as the setting switches to the laboratory, things go south.

Bogaert’s Max is a weak one-note character who seems hell-bent on destroying humanity rather than saving it, and too many questions are left unanswered, like why Sam’s son is aging so quickly and why he seems to have a special power that pretty much trumps anything the Redroom Virus can throw at our protagonists.

Antisocial 2 ultimately falls prey to not knowing what type of film it wants to be. Is it a survival horror film set in a barren world populated by infected mutants or is it a scientific horror film set in a lab where ominous experiments are being conducted on innocent humans? It could have been either and been wildly successful with the appropriate focus placed on it.

Unfortunately, in this case both aspects are presented and there was just not enough of the superior survival horror portion of the film and too much of the subpar lab experiment portion. An interesting concept, inexpertly executed.



Recommended Release: Antisocial





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