When a group of friends enjoying a bachelor cruise in the Caribbean stumble upon a research facility on a remote island, a deadly virus is unleashed. The group must find a way to survive before the flesh eating virus consumes them all.
Stars: Sean Astin, Currie Graham, and Ryan Donowho
Written by: Jake Wade Wall
Directed by: Kaare Andrews
As many might have expected, "Cabin Fever 2" didn't live up to "Cabin Fever." That sequel was about two things: how many gallons of blood could they use in one film, and how badly could they gross out the audience. There isn’t anything wrong with that, but it doesn’t always add up to a good movie. The hope for "Cabin Fever 3: Patient Zero" is that it would be more like the original than the sequel.
The start of the movie sets up two storylines before eventually bringing them together. The first one is an introduction to Marcus (Mitch Ryan), his fiancée, brother, and friends, as they prepare for their trip to the island. The other is already taking place on the island, which is scientists trying to experiment, and contain the virus. Both storylines are pretty typical, and the audience can see where this is going.
As expected, the group gets to the island, and some of them catch the virus. From here some of the time is spent trying to gross out the audience with flesh melting action. Too bad anyone who has seen the first two movies has seen this act before. It just doesn't have the same effect anymore. The ones who don't catch the virus search the island for help leading them to where the scientists are.
There is still nothing unexpected about the story so far. The scientist are having their own issues containing the virus, specifically trying to figure out its effects on patient zero, who isn’t cooperating. When those who aren't contaminated, and the scientists meet, they are left with no choice but to try to escape the island. This leads to probably the best scene, which is where two contaminated women faceoff. Under normal circumstances, it would be two hot women squaring off on the beach, but their beauty is long gone!
Again, there isn’t much unexpected all the way through the ending. When it ends the audience might have plenty of questions about the point of the movie. Well, when the credits start rolling they start filling in some of the blanks, and actually might get your mind thinking back to what just happened. The problem is that it might also be a little too late for that, and there are still questions left on the table.
Overall, from a production standpoint, this is far better than part 2. It’s a more serious movie, and certainly easier to watch. However, it still doesn’t measure up to the original, and will leave horror fans still wondering why these sequels were made. Actually, I’m still wondering where the cabin is in both these sequels. So because “Cabin Fever 3: Patient Zero” just gives the audience the same melting skin theme, and there are still no cabins to be found, I give it 2.5 pools of blood.