Movie Review: ‘Undergods’

May 6, 2021

Written by Kelli Marchman McNeely

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Chino Moya makes his directorial debut with Undergods, an anthology with a unique style of its own, is out this May from Gravitas Ventures.
The official synopsis goes like this, “in a futuristic, post-apocalyptic world, K and Z roam the streets on the lookout for corpses and something even more valuable – fresh meat.”
Several families linked by common elements. Undergods is laid out as stories told either by the two men or a father weaving a tale for his daughter at bedtime. While we learn much about the families, we only get glimpses into the post-apocalyptic world which I wish we would have learned more about.
The bleak film is about family more than anything but not as you would expect. Most of the families are in turmoil and have elements of oppression, depression, and infidelity. Each segment comes off a bit strange, slow, and we are given no reason to feel empathy for the characters, they’re just unlikeable, save for the father and his young daughter.
The cast did a good job with what they are given, including Kate Dickie (The Witch, Game of Thrones”) and Ned Dennehy (“Good Omens,” “Peaky Blinders”), Burn Gorman (Pacific Rim, Enola Holmes), Geza Rohrig (Resistance, Son of Saul), and Tanya Reynolds (Emma., Sex Education).
The special effects, used sparingly in much of the film, are on point and the city that was created is impressive. It’s a bummer that it wasn’t featured more, it would have made the film more interesting.
In the end, I feel that the film lacks heart, it’s slow, and just doesn’t live up to its potential. I would have rather seen a film just about the post-apocalyptic lives of the two men out looking for “fresh meat” than the stories of the families that are, well, just meh.
You can judge Undergods for yourself, it’s out in select theaters and On Demand on May 7, 2021, from Gravitas Ventures, a Red Arrow Studio Company.
You can watch the trailer below, but here’s a warning, it’s filled with spoilers. In fact, it gives away 90% of the movie. I will never understand why filmmakers and studios do that.


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