Prior to her birthday, Ellen Page joined »The Cured«
director David Freyne
for a press junket of his first feature film in Los Angeles. The Irish/Canadian duo sat down with The Hollywood Reporter
for an interview and answered fan questions during live chats for Yahoo! Entertainment
and distributor IFC Films
. You can watch the videos below where you will learn about their favorite horror movies, Ellen's first time of playing a traditional mother, the best days of shooting, the atmosphere on set considering the dark material, the "Time's Up" movement, green tea, upcoming projects including Netflix's »The Umbrella Academy« as well as Ellen's recent marriage and what it's like working with her wife Emma Portner.
Most critics thankfully realized and accepted that »The Cured«
isn't a typical zombie flick and rather that it takes a fresh look at the genre; focusing on the aftermath of a zombie apocalypse when former infected people are trying to reintegrate themselves into society. As a result, reviews have been mostly positive so far as you see in the following roundup.
Glenn Kenny, writing for rogerebert.com
, says the movie comes with "a very creepy, suspenseful story that’s also a better-than-average character study"
and "Freyne is a filmmaker to watch, to be sure, and »The Cured« is going to be a genre film to beat in 2018."
Haleigh Foutch's review for Collider
goes in the same direction as he speaks about an "impressive debut feature" which "gives us something different; a glimpse at society’s attempts and failures to pick up the pieces after a viable cure to the cannibalistic infection is discovered." Film School Rejects
' Rob Hunter even calls it "28 Months Later", a possible sequel to Danny Boyle’s "28 Days Later" and "Juan Carlos Fresnadillo’s "28 Weeks Later" and comes to the conclusion "»The Cured« is a terrifically tense thriller that works both as a simple genre effort and a deeper exploration of how we treat those who’ve trespassed against us."
Michael Klug of Horror Freak News
highlights the "noteworthy performances and an insanely cool take on the zombie sub-genre,"
in which "Page nails several “Oscar-clip” moments – notably when Senan tells Abbie some hidden details about his time under the sickness’ influence – and "Keeley is a solid lead."
He just feels "there’s something missing in the film’s handling of what should be a hearty and heartfelt emotional center; something’s a bit off and the film suffers slightly because of it"
, but still rates it with 4 out of 5 stars. The same rating comes from Gamesradar
's Kevin Harley who believe the film is "over-ambitious perhaps, but Freyne's intensely executed ‘infected’ fable packs tension, resonance, and clout."
Eli Fine from The Playlist
underlines the "truly impressive cinematography by Piers McGrail"
as well as the "good performances here"
mentioning "Page is quite good even as she doesn’t have a whole lot to do."
However, he eventually sticks to a rather average C grade. Watching the movie on behalf of Geek Culture
, Drew Pan states it's "a zombie movie that wants you to think"
and comes with "two strong leads"
whereby "Ellen Page is excellent as usual, convincingly playing a woman who wants to do the right thing, yet is also tormented by the horrors she’s lived through."
At the same time, he stats "the real problem of this movie is the third act,"
which includes "a very predictable outcome."
A similar point of view is shared by Houston Chronicle
's Cary Darling, who comments the film "becomes less cerebral and more predictably action-oriented in its third act and the ending is slightly unsatisfying." Still, "»The Cured« is intriguing enough to make Freyne someone to watch and the late Romero proud."
Reviewing for the Irish website Independent.ie, Chris Wasser believes director David Freyne abandons a "promising premise in place of one too many jarring and derivative action shenanigans" and describes his feature film debut as "bitterly disappointing." His Irish colleague Brian Lloyd, in turn, enjoyed the screening a lot more and writes on Entertainment.ie "»The Cured« is an ambitious attempt to bring genre horror into the Irish film landscape and while it may be lacking in the execution, it more than makes up for it with a fascinating premise and strong performances by the ensemble cast."
In his review on Flickering Myth
, Matt Donato remembers Page's performance the best while "David Freyne creates something so genuinely provocative that‘s not tarnished nearly enough to dismiss, but an open-ended, self-serving finale fails to capitalize on bigger conversations initiated in earlier views of persecution."
Drew Tinnin from Dread Central
heads in the same direction by pointing out "Page’s performance is the emotional core of the film as she goes from understanding to fear to dealing with the ultimate betrayal. It’s important for a slow-developing story like this to have an actress with some star power, and director David Freyne and his team were fortunate to have a high caliber actress ready to deliver in some of the film’s quieter, more intense moments."
Overall, "The Cured is a gritty take on the genre that fits nicely into the new type of storytelling that these stories need to embrace in a post-Romero world"
in his opinion.
Film Journal International
's André Hereford regrets that "the film's sleepy second act eventually gives way to a savage, chaotic finale, with some decent fights and foot chases, that doesn’t truly compensate for the general listlessness and relentlessly downbeat ambience."
David Fear from the Rolling Stone
thinks "it's a moody horror movie that favors metaphor over mayhem until its violent, chaotic final third, at which point the screaming starts in earnest. A bit more balance between gnawing guilt and plain old gnawing would have done this scare-parable wonders,"
while still giving it a fair rating of 3 out of 5 stars.