End Of The Line (Anchor Bay, 2006) D: Maurice Devereaux, w/ Ilona Elkin, Robin Wilcock. Rating: NNNN; DVD package: NNN
What lifts this nifty low-rent shocker above the usual zombie fest is that the bloodthirsty mob aren't zombies. They act like them, running around in the subway killing everyone in sight, notably our little band of ordinary travellers, but these killers are fundamentalist Christian fanatics led by a Jimmy Swaggart type. They believe the apocalypse is at hand and that murder saves souls.
This adds suspense, variety and a distinctly different atmosphere. When push comes to shove, not everyone has the faith to kill, but they're perfectly willing to talk things over with their victims. Best of all, it gives us smiling, handsome Patrick, an icon of sanctimonious psychopathy, eager for the pleasures of rape and murder, cowering in fundamentalist guilt. He's a great villain, and actor Robin Wilcock does him proud.
Montreal writer/director Maurice Devereaux keeps the pace fast and the action inventive and explains his process in useful detail on the commentary he shares with composer Martin Gauthier, whose effective score you can listen to separately - a nice touch.
EXTRAS Director and composer commentary, director and cast Q&A, music track, deleted scene. Widescreen.