Rome of the Dead
Written by Sherwin Allen | Review by Nabadipa Talukder</e
[dropcap]F[/dropcap]orking around the central character, the script takes us to ancient Rome and its classic exhibition of power and politics involving family and the country in a time of distress and political catastrophe. The twisting fates of a female soldier and the apocalyptic fate that she is faced with centers this story. It is a story of a soldier, a Braveheart whose sacrifice saves a nation from the wrath of disease. It exhibits the patriotic emancipation of a soldier whose duties come before anything else she is entitled to — be in the family, be in their loved ones or even herself.
The plot begins with signs of distress and chaos all around a burning city of Rome, where the central character Fulvia Augutus is seen fighting a bunch of zombies all alone and never stops showcasing what she learned as a soldier and keeps the courage even when there is no help or support of sorts.
From time to time, the plot extracts the basic notions of its central character Fulvia taking a good note of her behavior and decisions as a soldier. Forming a classic example of nepotism, the story’s point of view though, I wish it hadn’t become so predictable, which we can see through the exploitation of female characters and their talent and dedication, through masochistic approaches by men in power, exploitation of the needy and helpless and so on.
The main characters consist of Titus, a man in an important position who also happens to be Fulvia’s father, a teacher and Fulvia’s trainer who plays a titular role in her training and decision making. Each of the characters are perfect when it comes to the roles they play. Nonetheless, in extreme situations, each character creates their identity impact on the situations and play through their individuality.
What we get to witness exclusively is the way around how men and women plan so differently and how women are so clear in their prediction of how a situation would turn out to be. We also get to see their compassion and their sacrifice which are much more unbiased and serves the purpose of general goodness. There is a clear picture of the bias women go through to get to the top positions.
We get to see how the poor and unprivileged are always shoved into the worst possible situations during the crisis which is also the major underlying storyline and how there is always a way for life and plans to fall out and work against the privileged.
Nevertheless, through this script, I’ve found a way to connect the dots to basic human needs and stances where we are all weak and we need to make a call and decide where we want to see ourselves and how much are we willing to sacrifice to be that person who provides for everyone or not. This script will trigger your mind to think in a twisted manner but then again it will align you in the path of truth, to acknowledge the anomalies of the human mind and learning to accept it as it comes. The twisted psychology and survival of the fittest being the strongest message that this script throws at us.
Dr. Nabadipa Talukder is a doctor by profession with a passion for creative writing and has been into digital content writing for almost 5 years now. She practiced as a dental professional for two years in Kolkata before she quit her job in order to pursue a career in writing. Nabadipa was exposed to the freedom to write for various fronts which opened up her mind and introduced her to the world of screenplay and script writing. She wishes to travel and understand various cultures and wishes to write their stories.