VIRUS: 32 *** Argentina / Uruguay 2022 Dir: Gustavo Hernández. 90 mins
An Argentinian zombie horror, Virus-32 finds the population battling a zombie infection outbreak. Similar to most zombie horrors, this is full of typical clichés, yet one unique aspect of this film is the plot. Zombies have to pause and rest for 32 seconds to recover their strength.
The storytelling is competent but doesn’t add enough individuality to an overdone sub genre. So much so that it felt a lot like 28 Days Later (2002).
Even with it feeling all too familiar, I really enjoyed this film. A straight forward script allowed for an ideal late night watch.
This is a Shudder original rage zombie film, fresh on the heels of The Sadness. Whilst nowhere near as brutal or gory, the raging zombies were quite similar. Thankfully, Virus: 32 focuses on storyline and character development a little more than The Sadness.
Intense at times, Hernández executes the storyline rather well, with the last 20 minutes being the best of the film.
A solid late night watch, just don’t expect too much.
Review by Poppy Blundell