Left 4 Dead (2011)

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Connections: Left 4 Dead

The dead walk the earth. Everyone is dead. Four survivors will work together in order to survive. Will you survive? Or will you be LEFT 4 DEAD. --IMDb
Alexandra Mathews
Alexandra Mathews
William Catlett
William Catlett
Arthur David Williams Jr.
Arthur David Williams Jr.
Michael Q. Schmidt
Michael Q. Schmidt
Summer Perry
Summer Perry
Review by Chad
Added: December 20, 2011
I am a huge fan of the Left 4 Dead series of video games. My friends and I have easily sunk over a hundred hours into those games, and this is the only series that I have ever felt that attached to. Hell, I love the series so much that I even reviewed the majority of those porno parodies just because, well, they were based on these games. So, when I heard about the upcoming fan movies (yes, plural), I was pretty excited and anxiously awaited their release dates. Today, I watched one of them and shed a little tear of hate.

This version of Left 4 Dead is a short film, clocking in at just under ten minutes. There's not much to the storyline: zombies have taken over a major city, and three survivors - Zoey (Alexandra Mathews), Louis (William Catlett), and Francis (Dave Williams) - are holed up in a safe room. What happened to Bill, you ask? Play the downloadable content for either of the games and you'll see. Anyway, they hear about other survivors on the radio and attempt to get to them, and along the way, they encounter numerous zombies and a witch. From there... well, that's about the time that I rage-faced.

05:55. Five minutes and fifty-five seconds. That is the exact moment in the film where it goes from "great" to "what the fuck is this shit", and no, I am not exaggerating: you can literally narrow it down to the exact second. You see, the film looks and sounds great. The actors play their roles to perfection, they look like their video game counterparts, the sets look tremendous, and there is a lot of attention paid to detail. Some of the CGI used for the gun battles was a little spotty, but I could overlook that. The zombies themselves looked nice, the filmmakers used high-end equipment to create the film, and the entire affair looks professional - this isn't some low-budget indie flick, I could easily see something like this playing in theaters.

Then, 05:55 rolls around. I'm going to spoil the shit out of it, so skip this paragraph if you don't want spoilers. Still here? Alright, the witch is straddling Louis and about to kill him, when she is killed... by Master Chief, of Halo fame. This unwelcome cameo is soon followed by Scorpion from Mortal Kombat, Marcus Fenix and Anya Stroud of Gears of War, and Ghost of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 fame.

This completely killed the movie for me. It went from a serious, respectful handling of the Left 4 Dead series to something that a thirteen-year-old would come up with, and personally, I just hated it. Those cameos felt completely out of place, and regardless of whether or not you like the games represented, I doubt that you will share a different opinion. They all eventually team up to kill off a tank, and remember that thing I said above about the film looking very professional? That went out the window during this fight. It's almost as if two different companies put this movie together, one consisting of video game fans who also knew what they were doing in the film world, with the other being the polar opposite. A shame, really.

Half of the film gets a 10/10, and the other half gets a 0/10. Average it out and you get a 5/10, which I guess sounds about right, even though the film left me with a horrible taste in my mouth. View it here.
Tobes #1: Tobes - added 12/20/2011, 03:19 PM
You never go full retard, and it goes full retard at 5:55.
Lucid Dreams #2: Lucid Dreams - added 12/20/2011, 04:10 PM
I don't even think there is a name for how stupid that ending was.
Crispy #3: Crispy - added 12/25/2011, 08:34 PM
I for one, kind of liked it. Now, I'm not saying it wasn't stupid, but if I had the means, I have a stack of wack-ass crossovers I'd love to throw together myself (Jason vs. Predator tops the list), so I can kind of see where this guy was coming from with this. The execution was a little definitely off with the characters just popping up out of nowhere; it would have worked better if it was about 25 minutes or so. That way characters can be properly introduced, the whole concept can be properly advertised, and people can enjoy the tongue-in-cheek fun factor from the word go. As it stands now, it's a slap in the face to the hardcore L4D fans who were getting excited to see such an amazing adaptation unfold before them; shit, it almost borders on trolling.
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