Indie films are an acquired taste and post-apocalyptic indie films are even more so. The two latest films in that genre, The Road and Book of Eli, both were merely “eh” on the enjoyability scale (although Screen Rant Reviewer Kofi really enjoyed The Road). Maybe it was the use of big name actors or the fact that a couple of major Hollywood studios were involved with the projects, but for whatever reason big-budget apocalyptic films never seem to do well *cough Water World cough*.
White Wall does not have big names in front or behind the camera, so could that mean it won’t suffer from a weak script or poor character development? Well if the trailer below is any indication, then the answer is “maybe”.
Here’s a breakdown of the story:
In the near future, the VXII, the deadliest virus ever created, spread like wildfire and decimated the majority of the world’s population. The non-infected survivors, including Shawn and his brother Jude, live behind a wall designed to protect them from the deadly virus. Raised as orphans by the militia, Shawn, Jude and others are forced to fight in backwoods death matches. The brothers were able to hone their fighting skills and escape but soon become estranged. Shawn dreams of curing the virus while Jude took a darker path, one that could spell disaster for everyone.
Enjoy the trailer:
White Wall was written by first timer Vivian Kyinn and has James Boss playing dual roles as the lead character Shawn Kors, as well as directing the film. It also stars Gary Kohn, Michael Teh, Aurelie Kyinn, John Klemantaski and Hugh Mason. Avantmark Pictures and Shoreline Entertainment teamed up to produce White Wall.
White Wall could turn out to be a great post-apocalyptic film because it looks to be framed well and the fight choreography seems to be on point as well. The one thing big Hollywood studios can do that indie films just can’t replicate without a budget is large sets. Book of Eli, The Road, Mad Max, The Postman, Water World all looked vast and expansive because they could afford to film in vast and expansive locations.
White Wall and other indie films of this genre, on the other hand, suffer slightly from smaller budgets, but they usually make up for it with better stories. Hopefully this film will be one of the good post-apocalyptic indie films, but time will ultimately tell.
What do you think about White Wall, the story and its action scenes so far?
White Wall was available for purchase on DVD and Blu-ray May 25th, 2010.
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