Film Four · Thriller · 23 Dec 2011 · by: Film 4

British director Gareth Edwards' widely lauded ultra-low budget sci-fi adventure-cum-romance stars Whitney Able and Scoot McNairy. Six years after a NASA space probe containing samples of alien life crash-landed in northern Mexico, the extraterrestrials have flourished, growing into huge, dangerous creatures, making the territory up to the US border their own. The area is now called the Infected Zone and is visited only by the desperate and those possessing a death wish. Further south, in Central America, photojournalist Andrew Kaulder (McNairy) is instructed to urgently escort his wealthy boss's daughter, Samantha Wynden (Able), back to the States, where her fiancé awaits her. Unhappy at the prospect, Kaulder complies, taking her to a port in southern Mexico, whence she can take a boat back home. But when their passports and valuables are stolen, his only chance of getting her back to America in time is to take her via the direct, overland route - straight through the Infected Zone. Edwards not only directed the award-winning movie, but also wrote the script, created the special effects and production design, and was its cinematographer. And the chemistry between the two leads isn't entirely down to acting - the pair married shortly after the shoot ended.

Tuesday 27th December, 23.05 on Film 4


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