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The Night Eats The World

6.01 h 33 min2018X-Ray15
Eerie and atmospheric - a refreshing addition to the popular zombie genre. Waking up in an apartment after a raging party, Sam is forced to come to grips with reality when discovering the living dead have invaded the streets of Paris. Alone and petrified with fear, Sam is barricades himself inside the building and organises his survival. But is he really the sole survivor? Highly recommended!
Dominique Rocher
Anders Danielsen LieGolshifteh FarahaniDenis Lavant
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Sigrid Bouaziz
Simon ArnalCaroline BenjoJulie BillyJames HuntsmanCarole Scotta
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3.8 out of 5 stars

170 global ratings

  1. 45% of reviews have 5 stars
  2. 22% of reviews have 4 stars
  3. 10% of reviews have 3 stars
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MirubyBoxers (A&J)Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 27 April 2021
4.0 out of 5 stars
Slow burn, cold reality, great storytelling (again) by French film makers. (In English)
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Another excellent Paris central based movie that is credible (given the zombie genre) & not all "hack & slash" ..rather one of survival where you stay put wondering what happened!? rescue coming? ..when will they (zombies) crumble from lack of nourishment!?

It is in English, so no subtitles necessary for those who needlessly condone subtitled films as unwatchable 😤
The main, nigh on only living character of an apartment block that succumbs (within 5 minutes of the opening title) to an unknown scenario which turns Paris quiet overnight (bar the necessary biting & killing frenzy of the infected) ...a combination of fast & slow zombies (in case you were wondering) who is waiting out the initial outbreak for rescue, clearing the apartments of those left behind & keeping himself occupied before deciding what next.

The zombies only seem to attack people, there is a kitty who appears fine on the street amongst the upright corpses, they do not appear to degrade, though it must be applauded there are some fantastically chomped limbless victim zombies adding to the minimal gore (not overstated in this movie) & believable make up which adds to the feel of this professional film making venture.

Why 4 stars? was a close call, I don't need schlock horror, (although enjoyable) the premise of the movie is laid out early on & the flow is generally good, I will watch it again for certain, the old doctor zombie (caught in the then of the century lift) was a nice touch, also showing the lack of decay over time, "that problem outside was measurable & not going away" & a point of conversation to a lone man over a period of months, ..I was slightly confused towards the end (ie pay better attention, big spoiler from me) as to where reality & a crazed company craving mind met.

I'd like to have seen more at the end which indicated a new chapter of slow escape "potential" via the rooftops of a very built up metropolitan area.
If you were after "the walking dead" in Paris you are out of luck, but for the rest of us it is a great movie production that delivers.
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Miss PoppyReviewed in the United Kingdom on 02 September 2018
4.0 out of 5 stars
Stylish French Zombies
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Ground-breaking, thought-provoking zombie movie. Not for those seeking cheap thrills and gore this is more a study of introversion and isolation comparable to Omega Man and I am Legend. Very sparse dialogue, artfully filmed in Paris. Good performances. Although slow in parts the film holds your attention with the atmosphere and mise en scene. And there is a cat...
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Toby S.Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 21 November 2020
3.0 out of 5 stars
It's ok
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A movie to have on in the background when you're doing something else, occasionally putting your head up when something noisey happens.

Something I certainly did like, silent zombies. Not that they were ninjas able to run around like a whisper. They just didn't roar, or growl, or scream, etc. Adds a different type of eerie-ness to the zombies when all they did is occasionally gnash their teeth, it added to their desperation and need to bite the living.

So, a lone survivor, who decides to bug-in... He seemingly has ample food and water, secure walls and doors... Not much to do with that story line from the Zombie genre point of view, unless you're going hyper action guns blazing protecting the Alamo style. This is very much more focused on the actual danger of what happens to you when you're alone for a long time.

He really doesn't do much, you see him scavenge some other apartments, but those bits are done very quickly.
It's more focused on him being bored, alone in his place, often turning to making music with random things he has to hand.

The ending kinda felt like the script writer just remembered films have to end and they needed to wrap the story up, and they only had 10 minutes to do it, but they couldn't quite do it.

With minimal dialogue, I think the intent is to let you wonder in your head what you would be doing in that scenario.

I suspect as a book this story works pretty well, most likely I'd guess because the book will have an inner monologue or more description of the guys mental state.

I'm left with the questions though *spoilers warning*
- Was the other survivor real, did she die immediately and he imagined her character based on the photos in the camera, or was she never there at all and it was all just gear from another and he imagined her character based on the photos
- The Z in the elevator, very agitated trying to get at him at the beginning, then at the end just didn't care and wandered back to his apartment. That I just didn't get, even if it did have the head injury because that had been there the whole time.
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Nevaeh NoxReviewed in the United Kingdom on 17 October 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
Beautifully shot realistic expectations and well acted and portrayal of true human connection
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BRILLIANT, I REALLY CONNECTED WITH THIS CHARACTER BEAUTIFULLY presented very little dialogue but I feel it is a very well written movie and how we all are in need of human connection look at the quarantine without out tech and water and food many rushed to get toilet roll this movie was acted beautifully and I fell in love with the concept of it it was simple not a outrageously action packed zombie movie but still presented its message and the what if he had not shot the other survivor and how he still found the will to live not knowing if he was alone but left his safe place food a nice set up a home because he needed human connection a little slow at times but worth the watch if you like realistic apocalyptic movies
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Cynical CelluloidReviewed in the United Kingdom on 18 September 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
The Horror of Loneliness
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In a genre of films that's littered with low rent, low thought action offerings, The Night Eats the World goes the path of the more thoughtful genre directors and use the zombie horde as a background threat in this quiet and contemplative character study. Don't expect much action, what there is, is largely very low key in comparison to the noisy two dimensional affairs like Zack Snyders efforts, this is a film about isolation and it goes all the way to make the audience feel the world that we see through the character of Sam.
After passing out at a party Sam wakes to find the world changed. Everyone has turned and he's stuck in an apartment building though fortunately he finds enough supplies to hold out. As time goes by the threat remains and he holds fast in his fortress, slowly losing his mental grip to loneliness.

The film could be bleak, and at plenty of points it is, but it has little spikes of humour along the way that save the film from potentially being utterly depressing and overall the story is one of a journey of a man from simple survival to rediscovering life, so when it comes to it, that's a positive thing.

The Night Eats the World is a touching film, surprising for a zombie movie given what we usually get, and it deserves to have an audience. It's slow, to the point that it feels a little long (but not tediously so) but the journey we take with Sam is worthwhile and the film makers skill in bringing us into his world, and indeed his head, puts this movie high on my list of horror films of the last 20 years.
randombobReviewed in the United Kingdom on 30 April 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
Castaway..... but with stylish French zombiez
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Stark and realistic... in as much as a zombie film can be realistic..
More introverted than any other zombie flick and is really about isolation in a crowded world than flesh eating monsters. Alone while surrounded by people in a world that is uncaring and indifferent to your existence.
Showing the mundane, rather than machine gunning herds of meat.
Atmospheric and a real change from the usual Hollywood cack.
Some reviews have rubbished the film, but be an adult and make up your own mind
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BenReviewed in the United Kingdom on 04 June 2021
4.0 out of 5 stars
Best Undead Film Since 'Shaun...'
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A mature, well-paced, and grounded zombie film. Not a high-octane popcorn thriller, but more a considered and - dare I say it - realistic take on the genre.

It's not about beating or escaping the zombies, but more about survival and everything that entails, whether it's stocktaking rations or the boredom of being completely isolated. Despite that, there are beautiful flashes and moments of levity scattered through the film, and it's refreshing to see a character not behave like a total idiot (with one or two notable exceptions).

My only complaint is that the little dialogue it does have is a bit stiff, but that really is nitpicking in a film that only contains about 20 lines. Excellent stuff.
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StuReviewed in the United Kingdom on 29 April 2021
2.0 out of 5 stars
A Promising Start Dull Pay Off
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The film centres around 1 man, who mostly carries the entire film, it reminded me of I Am Legend except nowhere near as good a payoff nor a backstory, he goes to a party wakes up & the entire city has been overran with zombies we just follow this man's journey into insanity being the last man alive in the city he is trapped in an apartment complex with a dwindling food supply he is content to stay there until something forces him to act & find a way to escape, Probably making it sound more fun to watch than it is, this film has some great gruesome effects for the undead but the whole ending makes no sense without spoiling it they didn't stick the landing & it made the events leading up to the climax redundant
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