Blood Quantum

Blood Quantum: Directed by Jeff Barnaby. With Michael Greyeyes, Elle-Máijá Tailfeathers, Forrest Goodluck, Kiowa Gordon. The dead are coming back to life outside the isolated Mi’kmaq reserve of Red Crow, except for its Indigenous inhabitants who are strangely immune to the zombie plague.

Filled with beautiful cinematography and a fairly haunting soundtrack, the first half of the film is a sheriff from the Red Crow PD finding out what horrifying things were starting to happen in his community by responding to a series of quickly escalating 911 calls. There’s never a time that he falls to the stupidity that most zombie film people do and he takes the appropriate action every time he needs to, but damn if some of the scenes are difficult to watch.

There’s an unfortunate flash forward in time where we find that we’re in a nearly completely different type of film, just with the same characters. I’m not disappointed in the second half of the film, but it would have been nice to see the progression from “hey there’s zombies out there” to “oh, we’re immune, I wonder why, ok that’s why and here’s how we’re going to save everyone that doesn’t have this blood quantum”. Instead, we’re just plopped into a survivalist camp that’s been running for a while and everyone is ANGRY about the situation, which leads to the normal stupidity that zombies lend themselves to in zombie films. I’m particularly salty about the fact that they weren’t doing body checks on incoming visitors.

High point for me: a movie reference that I hope won’t go over your head.

Low point: shooting a hole in your boat because of dumb reasons.

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