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Rutherglen Reformer - - Reviews -

The page-to-screen tran­si­tion of Stephen King’s sort-of-zom­bie tale falls way short of de­liv­er­ing fre­quent short, sharp scares.

That’s de­spite a mem­o­rably manic open­ing se­quence that sees peo­ple fight, planes col­lide and dogs eaten.

But the flick never hits those heights again as the pace slows and the cast sit around chat­ting about noth­ing par­tic­u­larly in­ter­est­ing for long spells.

John Cu­sack fails to halt his de­scent into ca­reer hell in a per­for­mance well short of his pre-2007 bril­liance.

Samuel L. Jack­son’s ev­ery­man is one of his most low key roles in years and the lead duo are out­shone by Is­abelle Fuhrman’s feisty teen.

And any sprin­klings of ear­lier good­will are ru­ined by a dire end­ing.

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