A survivor in the zombie apocalypse is keeping safe by himself in an abandoned building, and he stumbles upon a thick book. The book tells three different stories from the current apocalypse. Stories of sad, inevitable deaths. But the end of the book is empty, and he has to live to find out how the final story will end up.
It's pretty well known that while US has some of the most recognized and popular zombie movies, there are probably more powerful zombie flicks elsewhere. Asia has had titles like "Wild Zero", "Junk" and "Versus" in a not too distant history, Italy had their best time during the late 70's/early 80's but also the fantastic "Dellamorte Dellamore" in the 90's. Even fucking Norway had "Dead Snow", which I pretty much hated but it seemed to do well. And let's not forget UK, which only really needed "Shaun of the Dead" to put themselves on the map, yet they have a couple of other memorable titles laying around (such as the recent "Cockneys vs. Zombies" which probably was just above average at best, but still one of the better recent ones). One of the most noteworthy ones from UK recently is "The Eschatrilogy". This is coming from someone who is unbelievable sick of the zombie genre, mind you.
The story is a rather typical zombie apocalypse, starting off with a survivor who finds a large book containing three different stories. The weird thing is that the stories are from the apocalypse. The first story is about the early stage of the apocalypse, when we literally see a family torn apart from the virus when the father turns. The second one is of a younger survivor who fails to save a kid from being eaten, as well as the kid's father. However, the father survives and comes after him. He tries to hide, but dangers surround him. The last one is yet again a father story, although one more focused on the relationship. This one is also the story most similar to the zombie movies where the real protagonist is other people. These three, together with the surrounding story of the book, makes for a traditional yet very pleasant addition to the genre.
What I really loved about this is that all the stories connect really well, making it very apparant that they're all taking place withing a short time frame and during the same apocalypse. It would be too easy for the filmmaker to just make three individual zombie stories, but here they're all cut from the same. We even have reoccuring zombies in it, and just as important: a reoccuring style of zombie makeup. This made it very exciting, almost as if you were watching a short TV show where each episode follows a different person. The surrounding story was the one I found was the strongest, and also the one that steps out of the general rules of zombie movies.
The fact that I am tired of zombies is surely damping it a bit for me. There's absolutely nothing wrong with the movie, it offers exactly what you want from a zombie movie. We see lots of zombie action and gore, there's always a focus on human interaction and there's not too much changed in the way the zombies act and are handled. I think Romero's zombies pretty much set the bar from the movie, yet this doesn't come off as a wannabe or fanboyism. Instead it treats the classics with respect and shows that they understand what pieces should be copied to work. This was vital to me.
"The Eschatrilogy" is an epic zombie adventure. It's fun and keeps it interesting enough from start to finish. It might not expand the universe much, nor does it take drastic turns, but it works well. The fact that it's an anthology about three different groups of people during the same apocalypse, and connecting them well using the atmosphere, makeup, reoccuring zombies and certain themes, makes it stand out a bit. I'm not capable of hailing this as a masterpiece due to being very tired of the zombie genre, but this is certainly one I would recommend. It manages to keep the same enthusiasm for the genre that you find in the cheaper productions that LOVE the Italian and classic US titles, but more modern and with a way better production. Check it out if you dig zombies, or just want a fun little end-of-humanity story.