Axel implements a mateship seduction of Jonathan, an attempt at a 'bros before hoes' policy, but it doesn't work because Jonathan wants them to be united and to sort out any differences. The trio survive day-to-day by taking occasional missions out into the city (we never witness these) and recording their thoughts and feelings - Big Brother-style - on an old Sharp Viewcam. The catalyst for tragedy occurs when Axel and Jonathan bring back a zombie. Instigated as a macho dare between friends, it's the equivalent of introducing an unwelcome guest into the fold and it undoes already brittle bonds. The poor thing is like a child caught in the middle of two parents at war with each other. What's Left of Us is to be commended for mining such bleak drama from an over-familiar sub-genre. It takes Romero's social commentary - that people can be relied upon to make a bad situation even worse - and redraws it into a tragedy about unrequited love and festering ills of the human condition. Gorehound aficionados wanting regular intervals of blood-and-guts may find Behl's drama not to their liking; this is a zombie movie with a pleasing amount of brains.
Martyn Conterio | @Cinemartyn