REVIEW: ANNA AND THE APOCALYPSE

Starring

Ella Hunt (Robot Overlords)
Malcolm Cumming (Long Lost)
Sarah Swire (God Help The Girl)
Christopher Leveaux (Forgotten Man)
Marli Siu (Run)
Ben Wiggins (Pennyworth)
Mark Benton (The Second Coming)
Paul Kaye (Game of Thrones)

Ella Hunt in Anna and the Apocalypse (2017)Anna, a soon-to-be secondary school graduate, plans to go traveling for a year before attending university, much to the displeasure of her father Tony. Her friends are dealing with their own issues: her best friend John is secretly in love with her, Chris is struggling with a class assignment, and Steph is trying to get her social justice reporting past the tyrannical vice principal Mr. Savage (“Break Away”). Nick, Anna’s macho ex-boyfriend, is also making her life difficult (“Hollywood Ending”). The night of the school Christmas show, in which Chris’s girlfriend Lisa is performing (“It’s That Time of Year”), Anna and John are working in the local bowling alley and Chris and Steph have gone to film for Steph’s story. During this time, a zombie infection starts spreading and Lisa, Tony, Savage, and Chris’s grandmother are stranded in the school. Anna and John bond over her post-graduation plans on their ways home from work.Ella Hunt, Malcolm Cumming, and Callum Johnstone in Anna and the Apocalypse (2017)The next morning, Anna and John leave for the school, completely oblivious to the zombie chaos around them (“Turning My Life Around”). When they encounter a zombie dressed as a snowman, Anna decapitates him with a seesaw. Figuring it will be too dangerous to go home or to the school, they go to the bowling alley where they meet Steph and Chris, who had taken shelter there. Steph finds out that an army evacuation is coming to the school, so the group plans to go there once it is safe. Anna and Steph find the zombified cleaner and Steph kills her, alerting a group of zombified bowlers to break in. The group kills them all after a bloody fight and realise that getting to their loved ones will be difficult (“Human Voice”).Christopher Leveaux, Ella Hunt, Ben Wiggins, Sarah Swire, and Malcolm Cumming in Anna and the Apocalypse (2017)The next morning Anna, Steph, John, and Chris wake up to find that the army has been zombified and no evacuation is coming. Regardless, they set off to the school to see if their loved ones are still alive. Nick – who is greatly enjoying the carnage (“Soldier at War”)- and his jock friends rescue the group from a horde of zombies and join them on their way to the school. Anna tells John that she still plans to go traveling despite everything that has happened. At the school, Savage fights to maintain authority as the others plan their own evacuation.Ella Hunt and Sarah Swire in Anna and the Apocalypse (2017)The students cut through a Christmas tree emporium in an attempt to save time but are ambushed by zombies, which kill Nick’s friends. Once out the other side John is bitten; he gets Anna to safety but sacrifices himself to distract the zombies. The survivors reach the school, where Savage has let the zombies in as a last-ditch measure of control (“Nothing’s Going to Stop Me Now”). Anna and Nick split off to search for Tony while Steph and Chris look for his family and Steph’s car keys. Nick reveals that his father asked Nick to kill him after he was bit, before distracting a group of zombies so that Anna can find her father. Chris finds Lisa but his grandmother had already died of a heart attack. Steph, Chris, and Lisa find the car keys in Savage’s office but Chris and Lisa are bitten while trying to escape, having used Chris’s video footage as a distraction.Ella Hunt and Ben Wiggins in Anna and the Apocalypse (2017)Anna finds Savage in the auditorium, where he is using Tony as bait for the zombies (“Give Them a Show”). Anna gets to the stage and saves Tony, but he lashes out at Savage and they fight. Savage falls to the zombies but Tony is bitten in the scuffle. Anna says goodbye to her dad as Nick arrives, and the two of them leave the school. They prepare for one last stand (“I Will Believe”) before Steph rescues them in her car and Anna finally leaves Little Haven.Ella Hunt in Anna and the Apocalypse (2017)Overall, though, I had a lot of fun with Anna And The Apocalypse. Blending a whole range of random genres together, it proves a delightfully silly watch that, despite not always hitting its beats perfectly, will leave you laughing and smiling throughout.