Patient Zero (2018) Review
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Patient Zero (2018) Review In the pandemic thriller, Patient Zero, humanity is battling intelligent, adrenaline-fuelled creatures born from a viral super-strain. After being bitten, human survivor Morgan, played by Matt Smith (Dr. Who, The Crown), realizes he is asymptomatic and can communicate with the infected, leading the last survivors on a hunt for Patient Zero ..

Summary Rating: 2.0 from 10 2.0 poor

Patient Zero (2018) Review

Patient Zero (2018) Review

In the pandemic thriller, Patient Zero, humanity is battling intelligent, adrenaline-fuelled creatures born from a viral super-strain. After being bitten, human survivor Morgan, played by Matt Smith (Dr. Who, The Crown), realizes he is asymptomatic and can communicate with the infected, leading the last survivors on a hunt for Patient Zero and a cure.

What a muddle this film is. The actors are hardly without some standing so you do wonder if there wasn’t a better film lost in the edit, speaking of which the film’s running time shows online as ninety-three minutes when the release copy weighs in at ten minutes less. Were ten minutes chopped in the hope of improving the end product? If so, it’s not worked. What we are left with are repeated scenes of the infected being inflicted with loud music, before Matt Smith’s character interrogates them – and that’s pretty much it.

Directed by Stefan Ruzowitzky (The Counterfeiters), from a screenplay by Mike Le (Dark Summer), Patient Zero moves at a breakneck pace when actually a more relaxed almost sombre tone may have suited. The initial face-off between Stanley Tucci’s The Professor and Matt Smith’s lead feels like a poor imitation of a shared moment between Lecter and Starling in The Silence of the Lambs. It’s all played so straight that it borders on the farcical, the end result akin to something the Zucker Brothers might have directed in the vein of their classic spoof Airplane!

There’s a slight twist at the end that may has well have been given a massive ‘TA DAH’ from the soundtrack, such is the impact the makers are hoping that it would have. Instead you roll your eyes and wonder why such wonderful actors got involved in the first place. Apparently there was a bidding war for the script from several studios so perhaps that’s what brought such acting talent to the committing. If that’s the case then the blame for this appalling muddle must be handed to the director. Treat yourself to another viewing of Danny Boyle’s 28 Days Later instead.

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