Passenger zero is the story of Aiden and Eleanor, two random strangers brought together by extreme circumstances. Their journey is new, strange and sometimes terrifying.
More short films, kiddies! Today we have PASSENGER ZERO. produced by Celtic Badger Media, written and directed by Brian O’Regan.
A young girl called Elanor (Audrice Styles) walking alone on the side of a wooded road. A car pulls up and she asks the driver (Paddy Murphy) for a ride. Never accept rides from strangers, kids. But “stranger danger” is the least of her worries.
See, Elanor ran away from home and has been off the radar for days – no phone, web access, nothing. Seems the world has ended in her absence. The recently deceased are rising from the grave and chances are everyone she ever knew or cared about is dead.
The driver, Aiden, is all too aware of what has been going on. His attempt to explain it to Elanor don’t go so well at first. But eventually she gets it, and now the two of them are adrift in the aftermath of the fall of civilization. Sometimes a friend in need is a friend indeed.
But not always…..
I love that this is less of a zombie movie than it is a character study of these two humans, maybe the last ones for all they know, thrown together by chance. Yes, there are zombies. But the focus of the story is more on Aiden and Elanor.
The score, composed by Kevin Kelleher, is perfectly appropriate. Through the music and ambient sound, the suspense is well built. I think my only real complaint is the sound mix. The score and background sound is too loud in places and drowns out much of the dialogue.
Still, even with that the story is easy to follow. It’s a pretty straightforward tale of these two people, how they meet, and what happens from there.
So using my special short scale of one to five, five being awesome, I’m giving this film 3 zombies.