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Blood Quantum, the second feature film from Rhymes for Young Ghouls’ Jeff Barnaby, opens with an intense ancient settler’s proverb that reads, in part: “Take heed to thyself, make no treaty with the inhabitants of the land you are entering,” lest a lot of really heinous things happen, apparently.
It’s an ominous and telling start to a film that follows the Mi’gmaq community of Red Crow and their police chief Traylor (a great Michael Greyeyes) just before, during and six months after a zombie outbreak. Soon, the undead apocalypse has decimated the rest of the earth’s population, but the Red Crow are immune to the zombie virus, and they must decide amongst their population whether to allow into the reserve the non-Indigenous people arriving to take shelter from the hordes of undead.
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Like the best of zombie cinema, Blood Quantum is deeply steeped in sociopolitical conversations. It’s got a lot to say about colonialism and Indigenous erasure, but it never forgets, in these larger discussions, to focus on the more intimate concerns of character. Traylor’s a terrific role for Greyeyes, flawed but strong, and he’s surrounded by a cast of equally captivating characters: his formidable ex-wife Joss (Elle-Máijá Tailfeathers), his good egg son Joseph (Forrest Goodluck) and bad egg son Lysol (Kiowa Gordon), Joseph’s pregnant girlfriend Charlie (Olivia Scriven) and Traylor’s prodigiously badass father Gisigu (Stonehorse Lone Goeman, an absolute standout). Blood Quantum takes...
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