The zombie genre is a well-worn area of film making. With the exception of the rom-zom-com “Shaun of the Dead,” zombie movies have never really been as seminal or iconic as they were when Mr. Romero was pumping them out. The Spanish short “Zombies and Cigarettes” likewise doesn’t exactly break new ground, it’s even set in a shopping mall, but it does bring some fresh angles to the table.
To begin with, it has its tongue firmly in its cheek, even at the beginning when the zombies first attack. A terrified onlooker, after being told it’s the undead attacking, gets a confused look on his face and says “Zombies, in SPAIN?”
The scene when the lights go out eight minutes in is a great little trick to really up the scare level and the anticipation for what will appear when the lights come back on.
The supporting cast are admittedly not fully fleshed out (what do you expect for a 17-minute film?), but the lead character Xavi, played by Samuel Viyuela Gonzalez, is really a person you could root for as he goes from shy, clumsy geek to bold and determined almost-hero. The ending is a bittersweet finale that is satisfying, slightly funny and yet tinged with what-might-have-been for the hero. We always believed in you Xavi!
Source: Trailer Addict
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