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DVD Review: Phase 7

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There’s nothing I love more than and end of the world, apocalyptic movie so when I learned about a new movie from the executive producer of Paranormal Activity 1 and 2, I knew that I needed to watch it. Phase 7 is the official selection of South by Southwest 2011, Fantasia International Film Festival 2011, and Puchon International Fantastic Film Festival 2011. It is the Best Script Winner of the Stiges Film Festival in 2010.

Coco (Daniel Hendler) and his pregnant wife Pipi (Jazmin Stuart) live in an apartment building in Argentina. They have a life pretty much like every one else. Coco is rather annoying in a lazy, have your wife do everything for you kind of way. They have the typical married couple spats. One day, they go grocery shopping together to stock up on groceries. While there, they see a huge rush of people running into the store to shop.

On the way home, they see signs of chaos in the streets but they are more concerned with their petty bickering than what’s really happening. They return to the building and their apartment unknowingly while the world around them falls apart. While making dinner, the phone rings and they’re told to have one person go downstairs to the lobby.

When they arrive, they are told that the entire building has been quarantined because of a deadly virus that is sweeping the world. Men in hazmat suits outside the building inform them should stay in their apartments and avoid contact with neighbors. No one can leave the apartment building. As expected, some people have more or less resources stored for this emergency and no one is allowed to go out and get more food, etc. Because Coco and Pipi have just returned from the store, they have more supplies than many.

Neighbors start to turn against each other because some have food and supplies and some don’t. The situation is made even worse because they have no access to internet and their phones are not working. There is one visit by the Ministry of Health who has no idea how long it will last and says people are dropping like flies.

Pipi doesn’t take any of this seriously and offers out their supplies to neighbors. Coco is much more intent on taking inventory and being careful about what they have and don’t have. Lightbulbs burn out and they have no extras on hand. There are no razors to shave with. There is no interaction with the outside world except for television news reports of violence and crime. Speculation begins to happen as they start to become paranoid about whether or not someone in the apartment might be infected by this virus.

Coco and his neighbor Horacio band together to share supplies. Horacio shares a video that explains that Phase 7 is an attempt to control and reduce population in order to maintain the status quo. Neighbors band together to try to steal supplies and protect what’s theirs and individual factions form inside the apartment building. Phase 7 is the story of what happens when chaos ensues inside the apartment building.

I think this is a fairly realistic representation about how things may happen in a real apocalypse. There are several references to Bush’s speech about forging a new world order to give this an added feel of realism. The movie contains strong language and a fair amount of violence and blood. The movie is entirely in Spanish with English subtitles. Special features include deleted scenes and English dub option. If you like apocalyptic movies, I recommend you check this one out!

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About Ellen Christian

Ellen is a busy mom of two teenagers who left the corporate world in 2008 to focus on a more eco-friendly life. She lives in rural Vermont where she juggles family, two blogs and a career in social media. You can find her at http://www.confessionsofanover-workedmom.com/ and http://the-socialites-closet.blogspot.com/.