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01/05/2012 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

"Dawn Of The Dead" by Yojimbo

A group of survivors of a zombie holocaust hide out in a shopping mall which is under siege from a horde of the undead. Zack Snyder's update of George Romero's seminal classic impressed me a lot when I first saw it, but upon a rewatch its quality is obviously a result of its riffing off of the superior idea of another rather than because of its own merits. The most glaring problem for me is the whole "fast zombie" idea. Somehow, it's far more unsettling to be besieged by shuffling, decaying, mindless zombies than the hyperactive speedfreaks we have here, which means the oppressive air of crushing inevitability of Romero's film is sorely missing. As is any semblance of the social commentary and sly wit that coloured the original. The characters are really just a bunch of action movie stere...

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12/10/2011 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

Dawn of the Dead (2004) review

Vivian bites Luis, who then chases Ana (Sarah Polley). She is now joined by Kenneth Hall (Ving Rhames), Michael (Jake Weber), Andre (Mekhi Phifer) and his pregnant wife, Luda (Inna Korobkina) and breaks into an abandoned mall. They meet 3 security people in another floor and watch the news. Michael suggests to C.J. to make signs on the roof and lock-up weak doors. The group decides to feed and give a walkie-talkie to Andy. Nicole gets Chip from the converted Andy who was bitten. Steve likewise changes into a zombie and CJ sacrifices himself to help the group escape. Ana, Kenneth, Nicole, Terry and Chips leave on a boat while Michael deals with a zombie bite. A hand-held camera is found and the madness continues.

TV reverend: “How will God judge you? No we know.” Had some reall...

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05/21/2010 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

Dead Terrific

The biggest compliment I can pay to Zack Snyder's Dawn Of The Dead remake is that it is on a par with the original. Making some bold and innovative changes, Snyder develops a tense, gory and action packed Zombie flick. Derided by some critics for changing the undead from shuffling and clumsy protagonists to fast and furious flesh eating monsters, this is never the less a worthy and entertaining successor. Grotesque, visceral and less political than its predecessor, DOTD delivers the goods tenfold while always showing respect to Romero's classic (even throwing in a number of cameos from the original). Snyder's apocalyptic zombie vision benefits greatly from Indie Queen Sarah Polleys magnificent performance. All in all, the end of the world has never looked so gruesomely good.

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09/15/2008 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

Has a Certain Campiness

I find this zombie film interesting because it’s more disgusting than scary. Although it has its gasp-out-loud moments, they are balanced with dark humor that can be found in the characters’ idiosyncrasies. I haven’t seen the original “Dawn of the Dead” (at the time I was writing this review) so I can’t compare this to that one. However, I like the certain campiness that this picture has because once it gets amusing, the real horror pops out of nowhere. There are two most memorable scenes for me: the beginning when Sarah Polley wakes up as a zombie enters her home and the ending when everyone makes their escape despite an ocean of the undead. I also enjoyed the commentaries about individualism, abortion, and capital punishment. All of those issues were deftly sewn into the film. My main p...

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08/02/2008 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

Very violent, but certainly not for everybody

A group of people from various walks of life are trapped in a huge shopping mall as a strange, unknown (and unexplained in the movie) virus turns all outside the mall into the walking dead -- or zombies.

This movie is one of the most graphic, violent movies I have seen in areal long time. They show you just about everything when it comes to the destruction of the zombies. It is not for the weak of heart.

The special effects, and make-up effects are incredible. I have a feeling that when it first came out, it made a good chunk of the audience squirm in their theater seats. They spent a lot of money on the special effects and make-up, and that's a good thing for a movie of this kind.

You can pretty much tell who will make it to the closing credits at the end of the movie because...

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