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Short, sharp, smart drama from writer-director David Freyne stitches together a big Irish quilt of political themes — discrimination, reconciliation, activism, protest, terror, etc. — to wrap around the story of a few sorry souls navigating the aftermath of the Maze virus, which turns its victims into a zombie horde. Most of them have been cured — well, 75%, anyway — including Senan, who’s heading home after four years to stay with his sister-in-law Abbie (Ellen Page, sad and worn) and nephew Cillian. Like all The Cured, he can remember everything he did while sick, so he’s not exactly shocked to find that a lot of people regard him with suspicion bordering on hatred. But at least he has familial support, unlike his fellow former zombie Conor, who killed his own mother and isn’t about to be forgiven. And what do you know, just because you’re cured doesn’t mean you’re good. Freyne has a sure hand when it comes to building a world (great health dept. posters throughout) and unspooling a story through dialogue, but he slips a bit when it comes time for the action-packed finale. A cheap jump scare here, an unlikely plot point there, that sort of thing. But the feelings are right, and that’s very much the main thing. 2017.

Matthew Lickona

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