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Monday, 20 February 2012

Dawn of the Dead

Dawn of the Dead
Action (Horror)
Running Time: 109 minutes
Rated: R
Starring: Sarah Polley, Mehki Phifer, Ving Rhames, Jake Weber, Ty Burrell
Directed by: Zack Snyder
Rating: 7 out of 10
In this movie the dead come to life as zombies take over the world. A group of survivors hole up in a shopping mall until help can arrive with hundreds of thousands of these monsters surrounding the mall. 

When hell is full the dead shall walk the earth. This is not your parent’s zombie movie where the dead shuffle along at a snail’s pace searching for brains. These zombies are primed and ready for sprinting to rend the flesh from your bones. Zombies get little fan fare to their angst filled romantic cousins the vampire but tend to have way better movie results. Zombie movies have a real tendency to be cheesy and just mindless gore. I am not saying this one isn’t but it worked on many levels for me. This movie is based on the godfather of the zombie genre George .A Romero’s movie of the same name. While the locale is virtually identical in both movies the struggle to survive is more realistic in director Zack Snyder’s version. Being holed up in a shopping mall shows the viewer all the trials one must face when a zombie apocalypse occurs. That is anything from where to find food to dealing with infected love ones. The fact these zombies can run actually adds an element of plot for the people trapped in the mall now need to come up with a plan of escape which used to be just run faster than the zombies can walk. The makeup and blood and gore were well done and led to some great scenes. The acting although obviously not Oscar quality was passable and let you enjoy the blood bath occurring on screen. The movie did suffer from some stupid script points and ridiculous characters.  Characters like Steve (Burrell) with snide comments and lack of commitment would never survive in the new zombie world. The film came off very believable though and added little bits of humor when the pace slowed to keep the viewer engaged. I found I was just entertained from start to finish in this movie and must commend everyone involved in this project. It is arguably the best straight zombie movie to date and hopefully Zack Snyder chooses to do a follow up.  Just another plot weakness in there was a guy trapped in an ammunition store across the street from the mall who was a sharpshooter. Why wouldn’t he spend the time shooting zombies as he had thousands and thousands of bullets? Little things bother me in movies I guess. If you like gore or zombie movies than this one is solid watch and very entertaining with enough blood and gunfights to keep you interested right through till the end.

T Factor + Enjoy mindless gore than this movie could score higher on the rating scale

T Factor – If you do not like zombies than this could score lower on the rating scale.

If you liked this film reel recommendations are: Land of the Dead, or Resident Evil

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