70. Dawn of the Dead (2004)

Gnawing on the same old stuff

Directed by: Zack Snyder
Written by: James Gunn
Starring: Sarah Polley, Ving Rhames and Mekhi Phifer

As a remake of the 1978 film of the same title, Zack Snyder’s Dawn of the Dead is a zombie film that raises your expectations through an awesome title sequence and opening, only to slowly become infected with predictability and an unexciting conclusion.

A small group of civilians find safety in a shopping mall when the world has suddenly been plagued with a virus that kills, and resurrects its victims into flesh-eating zombies. As conflicts and differences between the members of the group begin to mount, the number of zombies that mooch around outside the mall increase as well. With an incredibly dodgey, but hopeful plan to escape the mall and seek refuge elsewhere, survival is based on trust, instinct and a lot of zombie-head-shooting.

You guys are gonna have to change that sign soon.

With enough blood and convincing zombie make up to keep you interested, the shock-value of Dawn of the Dead makes it a guaranteed thriller. But while the film moves with a great sense of pace and action in the beginning, it slowly fizzles out into temporary gore, predictably building up to a big slaughter at the end of the film and slowly losing its hard, fast grip on your attention span. In addition to this, Dawn of the Dead does little to actually develop their characters as they have too many expendable characters and a couple of annoying ones. Sure it’s fine to have extra meat lying around but if you’re going to use them as gory enjoyment, do it a little faster and don’t let us get to know them if you’re just going to use them in a stunt.

Least it’s better than girls flying around in stripper outfits, right?



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