September 25, 2011

Mulberry Street (2006)

"A deadly infection breaks out in Manhattan, causing humans to devolve into blood-thirsty rat creatures. Six recently evicted tenants must survive the night and protect their downtown apartment building as the city quickly spirals out of control."

I'd actually watched this before when it came out but wrote it off as being just another slightly below average apocalyptic virus film and didn't make it to the end.

The rat-creatures were just ridiculous and could have been zombies for all that they really contributed to originality of the story. They didn't look all that good but then none of "Mulberry Street" was all that aesthetically pleasing anyway.

If you like this grainy, low-budget style of filmmaking then I'm sure you'll get more out of "Mulberry Street" than I did. It was just too much like "YouTube" with far too many moles, freckles, scars and wrinkles on display which made me feel more nauseated than entertained especially after seeing how much Bo Corre had aged since she was once the uber hot Swede in "Eldorado" back in the day.

The biggest problem though was that the last half-hour was a chaotic mess which I'm sure was intentional but didn't help much with any attachment I was feeling for the characters. It was a shame really as the characterisation started really well and then sort of just gave up in favour of poor special effects and hard to follow action sequences.

With only a few days to go before Netflix remove this from their "Watch Instantly" section, you should watch it again now (as I did) before it's too late. "Mulberry Street" is probably not something that you'd ever buy unless it was part of some kind of multi-pack.

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