Anna And The Apocalypse

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6.01 h 32 min2017X-RayR
In this gleeful mashup, Anna and her friends must fight - and sing - their way through a zombie invasion to reach the supposed safety of their school, not knowing if their parents and friends will still be alive when they get there.
Directors
John McPhail
Starring
Ella HuntMalcolm CummingSarah Swire
Genres
ComedyHorrorArts, Entertainment, and Culture
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English [CC]
Audio languages
English
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Naysun Alae-CarewTracy BrimmTodd BrownNicholas CrumStephen JarvisTracy JarvisLauren LamarrOrion LeeSteven Little
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R (Restricted)
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Foul languagesexual contentviolence
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4.4 out of 5 stars

1115 global ratings

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Friendly Neighborhood RedheadReviewed in the United States on February 13, 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
The Horror-Comedy-Romance-Drama to Define a Generation.
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Let the start with the comedy bits...they are so on point and fantastic! The romance is quite unexpected unless you watch a lot of romance movies; and also peppered with musical numbers. The drama is killer; literally! The scenes and the songs bring all the feels for loss, sacrifice and hope. The soundtrack is amazing, but quite misleading after you watch. I'd suggest listening to all the songs first. It provides an additional jab in the gut when you actually watch the movie. I highly recommend both!
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Reader/Writer/All-Around CreatorReviewed in the United States on July 18, 2019
1.0 out of 5 stars
Oh, God, won't this movie ever end?
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IT....DRAGGGGGSSS...and I wanted to love it. I love zombie movies. Correction. I love GOOD zombie movies. This thing, not so much--but I listened to the good reviews and bought it. Boy, was I an idiot. My 11-year-old granddaughter demanded to know why I made her watch it and we both abandoned it in the middle. It's not scary with the exception of jumpy scenes and I had absolutely no compassion for the characters and didn't care if they died or not. In fact, before I ran away in my own zombie-like funk from trying to watch it, I thought that maybe if everybody was dead, it would pick up a little. A novel concept, sure, a zombie musical, but not worth my time or my money. I'd like both back.
25 people found this helpful
J. MillerReviewed in the United States on May 26, 2019
4.0 out of 5 stars
Shaun of the Dead vs. High School Musical
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This is almost exactly what you think it is, carefully crafted in an earnest, low-budget, paint-by-numbers kind of way.
Except.
Except for the lingering grimness that doesn't go away. Because this is the generation of kids that are facing extinction-level threats, have full visibility and awareness of extinction level threats, and can make apocalyptic movies about grit and determination in the face of apocalyptic threats (in this case: pandemic that mutated and migrated because winter didn't cold enough to ice it down but we can leave it at "Climate Change" if you'd like).
If you remember in that other well-loved Christmas movie "Gremlins" how Kate breaks the action to tell the really downer story of how her dad died? Yeah, take the grimness of that feeling and let it seep into the last 30 minutes of this film until it's totally saturated: That's the feeling this movie leaves you with, The End.
26 people found this helpful
Thaddeus GrayReviewed in the United States on November 20, 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
Excellent. This movie will either surprise you or at least make you smile. Merry Christmas.
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Wow! What a surprise. Ella Hunt reminds me so much of Ann Hathaway or Katie Holmes it's magical. Okay. I don't like Zombie movies, I really don't like them because Zombies as a threat always seemed really lame to me. However, this movies is a musical. A love story. An epic adventure of character and transformation that totally captured me. Set at Christmas very much like "Love Actually," Brilliant and beautiful Anna is determined to get out of her small town and start a new life in Australia. However Zombies intervene. Surrounded by a quirky group of diverse survivors, Anna's past, present and future slowly unfolds as the group fights to save friends, lovers, and relatives. And it's a musical! Unbelievable. If you liked the Rocky Horror Picture show, or Freakish the TV show, this movie is for you. Cudo's to everyone involved with this picture. The songs and music (which I believe are mostly original), are terrific. The cinematography is excellent. The casting is perfect, starting with Anna; her GBF; her gay teen nemesis; her macho bad boy mistake; and finally the lovers who's existence serves as direct counter-point to the soul-less, meaningless, technologically isolation that Anna and everyone in her generation complains about. Anna believes that her life - and everything else - will be better in Australia, but the lovers are perfectly happy where they are in this small dull town... because they have each other. This is one of the few movies that I have seen that hip, self aware as it makes fun of itself and celebrities "Tay-TAY's Okay," "Ironman is in hot tub...with models" etc, etc and actually uplifting and cool at the same time. This movie is worth it, give it a try. I believe that it will either surprise you or at least make you smile. Merry Christmas.
17 people found this helpful
David ImmReviewed in the United States on February 25, 2019
2.0 out of 5 stars
A very sad depressing ending.
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I know, I know. Life doesn't always have happy endings. But I feel like that's why we go to watch movies. I like to feel good after I finish watching a movie. This made me feel so bad. I loved the first half. Very entertaining, and good singing and acting. The second half not so much. Stopped being a musical and turned into a depressing apocalypse movie.
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Kindle CustomerReviewed in the United States on December 8, 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
BEST CHRISTMAS MOVE EVER!!!
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If you are looking for a Christmas movie with BITE, then look no further... *lol* This movie is so cool & the genre mashup was unexpected to me *since I didn't watch the trailer*. So pleasantly surprised. Zombies have no manners, showing up uninvited just before Christmas... *snort*... Rooting for the gang to find safety & the military to come to the rescue. What can/will go wrong. You need to watch to find out.

This movie is so good I had to buy the Bluray from UK Amazon. https://www.amazon.co.uk/
The Bluray has 2 DVDs & it has the Festival cut of the movie *which gives you extended scenes*. Plus much much more... With the bonus being it will play in any DVD player, ITS Region Free... WOOT WOOT... It will take a couple of weeks to arrive, but it's worth the wait (until then I will keep streaming on Amazon).

If you're loving this movie like me, don't forget to get the soundtrack.... cause the music is so catchy. I bought the soundtrack, tooo... When the movie isn't playing, the soundtrack is... It's just that GOOD...

"Cause Christmas means nothing without you...."
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M. OlesonReviewed in the United States on July 5, 2020
4.0 out of 5 stars
3 1/2 stars. Your favorite high school musical meets "Shaun of the Dead"
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Possible spoilers. I actually started this film months ago using a Netflix rental disc. The disc started misbehaving about 20 minutes in and wouldn’t work in other players either so I sent it back, noting it was also available for streaming. Time went by so I went to stream it from Netflix and nope no longer available. But it was on good old Amazon Prime, in 4K no less. So what I didn’t realize the first time was that this was a musical with zombies. Sort of “Glee” or “High School Musical” or ________ (fill in the blank) meshed with “Shaun of the Dead.”

Our heroine, Anna Shepherd (Ella Hunt) and her best (nonromantic) friend, John deal with the usual high school pranks and hijinks at her Scottish high school. John’s a bit odd and clearly wants their friendship to get past the just friends stage. He’s the brunt of many a joke instigated by Nick (Ben Wiggins), evidently the ‘cool’ guy in school who once had a thing with Anna. Steph North’s (Sarah Swire) girlfriend is out of town or country or something and because of her sexual preferences has few friends in school.

Making sure adults also have their own prejudices, the writers under the direction of John McPhail (“Where Do We Go from Here?”) include Anna’s widower father Tony (Mark Benton), the brunt of the about-to-be-headmaster Arthur Savage’s (Paul Kaye) belittlement. Tony is the school’s janitor.

Things go topsy turvy one beautiful morning full of songs by Anna and others when a virus hits the world, turning people into zombies in the usual ways. That is a bite will do. Keep in mind this is a musical so the zombies have to be the slow walking kind. Very slow walking. Thinking “Walking Dead” but in slow motion. Still the filmmakers will kill off the teen age actors in gory fashion. But not too gory. Still “R” rated gore but “PG” rated songs.

Speaking of the songs, they were written by Roddy Hart and Tommy Reilly and they are good ones although I don’t think I’ve ever heard them before. Ella Hunt is a fine singer so she gets most of the leads. She’s also a pretty good actor and has some real stage presence. I also liked Sarah Swire’s performance. The rest, OK. This is nothing too serious although there is personal loss that comes into play. I had a good time overall.
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joel wingReviewed in the United States on December 21, 2020
2.0 out of 5 stars
Singing doesn't add anything & Shaun of the Dead did MUCH better job making fun of zombies
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It’s Christmas time and Anna a high school student in England just wants to get away from her domineering dad and travel the world. She breaks out in song to express herself. Unfortunately a pandemic turns out to kill people and then bring them back from the dead. Yes, Anna and the Apocalypse is a musical about the zombie apocalypse.

The story does not have a promising start as Anna and her friends have to deal with the stereotypical mean school official and sing about their relationships while dancing around the school cafeteria. It’s like a British High School Musical.

The end results are not that good. Shaun of the Dead did a much better job making fun of the genre. The singing doesn’t really add anything.
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