Dec 14, 2020
Day of the Dead 2: Contagium (2005) (part 2 of 6)
Note: A few of the images in this recap may be not safe for work, or rather, not safe for lunch. It gets a bit gruesome, so don’t say we didn’t warn you.
Cut to the present day. Or, rather, “Five Days Ago”, as a caption indicates. I didn’t notice this caption the first time around—probably because my eyes were trying to roll out of my skull. But this caption gets explained later. It’s a pretty weak explanation, but an explanation nonetheless.
And then comes the opening narration. I hate to quote so much of this, but it really has to be shared for you to get the full effect. This is what we’re dealing with:
Narrator: What is immortality, but the need to be remembered? We throw around terms like “family” and “love” when it comes to procreation, when in fact all we’re doing is perpetuating the species and generating instant immortality through our genes. We’re so selfish as to expect the next generation to love us and fear us, so that they feel in turn compelled to continue the line, the patriarchal ideal of uninterrupted progeny.
Oh boy. This is where the film starts to go from merely amateurish to genuinely painful. And rest assured, the cheap philosophy isn’t going to let up any time soon. And my confidence in the film is certainly not bolstered by the first sight of the main characters.