Much more spectacular, the remainder of this continuously violent film is about as imply as it’s nasty. Jabbaz’s basic-but-propulsive chase narrative doesn’t actually concern the consultant evil of individuals, as teams, however somewhat individuals as universally flawed people. The contaminated monsters in “The Disappointment” not solely run, curse, and verbally threaten everybody else—their violence additionally inadvertently highlights the ugly, amoral nature of assorted battle or flight responses.
Like loads of catastrophe films, “The Disappointment” solely superficially considerations the reunification of two lovers: Jim (Berant Zhu) and Kat (Regina Lei) attempt to get again collectively after a spike within the mysterious Alvin virus separates them and in addition compels varied contaminated victims to commit random acts of homicide, torture, and sexual assault. The contaminated stay to make everybody else undergo, which may be fairly overwhelming (for viewers) provided that the contaminated are immediately compelled to harm or be damage by others.
The black-eyed monsters in “The Disappointment” additionally convey out the worst in all people round them, even the Samaritans and fellow victims we would need to root for. The Alvin virus doesn’t, in that sense, have a definite character, however somewhat a normal destabilizing impact. For instance: Kat is pursued by a anonymous businessman (Tzu-Chiang Wang) who, earlier than he turns into an axe-wielding monster, tries to speak her up on the subway (very a lot in opposition to her needs). Many of the different Alvin virus victims function interchangeable threats. As a result of whereas the Alvin virus mutates humanity, it doesn’t actually rework us: they’re all ugly as a result of all people in “The Disappointment” has a second or two of unsettling, character-testing weak point.
Jabbaz’s film would in all probability be somewhat tedious if he and his co-creators weren’t so good at contriving excuses to be gross. They’re eager rug-pullers and the zombie-like violence in “The Disappointment” usually works regardless of its penchant for macabre elbow-ribbing macabre humor. Zombie followers could observe similarities between the wicked mutants in “The Disappointment” and the equally vicious cannibals in Crossed, a blood-soaked and confrontationally ugly comedian sequence (and acknowledged affect) that follows a plague of dystopian blood-letting. In each circumstances, the monsters appear to know what they’re doing, as a result of they cannot solely run and transfer at human speeds, but additionally verbally taunt their victims. One character in “The Disappointment” factors out that the contaminated have to get off on their victims’ struggling, which explains why they don’t assault one another.