The Hive – An original and stylish take on the contagion film
Directed by: David Yarovesky
Zombies… They are to the 2010s what vampires were to the 2000s. Every time you turn around, there is a new zombie movie, tv show, or video game. And… to be honest, I am sick of them for the most part. That being said, I am always a fan of any movie, from any genre, that is unique and fresh. David Yarovesky’s “The Hive” , although not perfect, is both unique and fresh.
Adam (Basso) wakes up alone (with the exception of a dead body), scared, and with no memory of who he is, where he is, or what the hell is going on. There are clues written, in his handwriting, all over the walls and someone… or something pounding on the door from outside. In a very Memento-esque way, the film unfolds through the bits and pieces of Adam’s slowly returning memory. A blossoming romance, a jet crashing into the mountainside near the camp they are all in, and some grisly images of the infected spewing black, tar-like vomit onto his friends are all just parts of the puzzle that Adam has to piece together if he is going to get out alive.
Some people will complain about all of the time jumps in “The Hive”. I hear and understand those complaints. At times, it was a bit annoying how much not only the time but the camera angles jumped around. Other than that though, Yarovesky’s entry into the contagion/zombie genre is fun, fresh, and really cool to look at. I really dug some of the mythology that he and co-writer Will Honley built around the virus, and even wish they could’ve delved deeper into that part of the story. Still, the practical effects and character development were top notch. Throw in the fact that Gabriel Basso and Kathryn Prescott deliver solid performances as the lead guy and gal, and Gabrielle Walsh being excellent as the central creep-factor character, and “The Hive” is definitely worth the watch.