In 1883, in Italy, Father Dom Bosco had a visionary dream about the building of the city of Brasilia, capital of Brazil since 1960. It was revealed to him that, at the day of his death, a ...
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In 1883, in Italy, Father Dom Bosco had a visionary dream about the building of the city of Brasilia, capital of Brazil since 1960. It was revealed to him that, at the day of his death, a process of three generations of sixty years each would begin. In the first two generations, mankind's attitudes would be evaluated, and its consequences would start over the promised city after 120 years. We are at the beginning of the third generation, when a group of friends realizes that the capital city is being roamed by the living dead, and they attempt survival at every cost.Written by
Alex Nox, São Paulo, Brazil
Without spoiling anything, I'd like to say that the Capital has some of the smartest use of metalinguistics in this sort of movie, for instance the protagonists that GET what is happening, instead of being thrown into a world they don't know anything about, and some things, such as the quirkiness of the protagonists can be compared to Shaun of the Dead, sometimes.
You can tell this movie cost virtually no money (I really mean NO MONEY!), so I'll forgive some obvious camera, lighting and make up issues. Even then, if you suspend the disbelief in those, you'll see that the story is solid, with virtually no plot holes, and that's much more than one can say of many major motion pictures.
The best thing about this movies is that it doesn't take itself too seriously. It constantly makes fun of itself, which keeps the pacing just right. There are some more serious scenes, but nothing overwhelming. I genuinely had a good time watching this, and so did the gang I watched it with.
The acting varies a lot. Part of the cast is actually quite good, the other part is pretty bad, but that fact is almost celebrated by the crew. I like that.
The many references to more famous zombie movies are great, as I was saying, and the dialogue is truly funny most of the times, and if you know the city of Brasília at all, you'll find even more to enjoy here.
I've noticed also that Brazil does not have a great tradition in making zombie movies. That is very true, but this one (despite looking very independent) deserves a look. The same can be said about "Mud Zombies" (or "Mangue Negro"). In my opinion, those two are the only worthy zombie movies to ever come out of Brazil.
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