Dawn Of The Dead
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Heart-pounding action and bone-chilling thrills power this edgy and frightening remake of George A. Romeros apocalyptic horror classic, Dawn Of The Dead! From visionary filmmaker Zack Snyder (300, Watchmen), this pulse-pounding jolt-a-thon stars Ving Rhames (Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2), Sarah Polley (Splice), Jake Weber (Wendigo), Mekhi Phifer (Divergent) and Ty Burrell (Modern Family).
The world is in danger when a mysterious virus turns people into mindless, flesh-eating zombies. In a mall in the heartland, a handful of survivors wage a desperate, last-stand battle to stay alive ... and human!
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Standing aside for the obvious and tedious comparisons between the monumental 1978 classic zombie epic and this new energizing version, the first feature film and interesting work of director Zack Snider ( who also did "300"), i would like to take this movie as a fair example and unique precedent for today's new standards in the style of horror filmaking. Romero's work and Zack Snider's vision are almost diametrically different, only sharing the very essence or intentions of the zombie apocalypse. Therefore, you need to see this movie to comprehend what's new, in order to catch the very improvements in the style, aesthetics and simple angles of the source.
In this original revision of the catastrophic plague of the undead, the camera and directing style can only be described as KINETIC TENSION: the action is restless, the desperation for survive exceeds the known speed limits, the zombie's cappacities are exponential in number and power, any blink of an eye may result in a painful and gruesome death. The running murderous corpses are raging, rabid predators very similar to Danny Boyle's virus-eaten victims in "28 days later". With these kind of monsters on the loose, the only chance to survive is running like hell and seek refuge in a mall, along with a large variety of characters representing different social angles, personalities and points of view about the unexplicable horror they witness, but the unaccountable damage to their lives doesn't seem to bother them much. That's a down point: The almost total lack of awareness and personal or collective emotional suffering facing such dramatic and horrifying events. Au contraire, they seem prepared for the devastation of society by being calmed, creative and enlisting to make the best of it. So much for deepness in the story and moral struggle for the characters.
Zack Snider's work is much more involved with action sequences and extreme tension, but leaving behind the creepy and gruesome atmosphere of what the end of the world implies is risky, specially under the attack of pissed-off zombie hordes. So, by leaving both deepness in psychological terror and the grisly atmosphere, the remaing movie is a fair action-gorefest race out of hell. What's wrong with that? And forget about social satire and anti-consumerism, old story: the mall is just a circumstancial fortress instead of a delirious palace of joy.
I'm not leaving my horror back-up behind, no way, is just that classic fans of the zombie mythology understand the diversity of styles, but somehow we can't digest it. The movie's not obviously a masterpiece like the ones in our classic collection, but if we don't give these flicks a chance we will get stuck in our memories, blinded by prejudice.
So don't resist it, enjoy it! A colorful action packed gore film is not worse than a dark atmospheric creepy film, this is the living proof! Dawn of the dead, down with the sickness: Check the Zack Snider's vision of the zombie apocalypse and his incredible rapid-fire kinetic style, this movie represents the new breed of the passionate demented genre we all love! His ideas are fresh and his editing aesthetics and music rules!
think about it, when you wake up from a nap, or from 7 or 8 hours sleep, can you run or move fast?
of course not! so why do the bozos who made this movie want people to think that walking dead people can run fast? SHEESH!
If you want the Real Deal of the Zombie movie genre, watch the 1978 version of Dawn....now THAT'S the way zombies should be! (read my review of it for the details of the flick).
THIS MOVIE BASICALLY SUX! WITH A BAD ENDING AT THAT!
I wouldn't re-buy it for your collection if you have to dust off your SD version when you watch it. So if you're thinking hey it's only $10 should I get it? Only if you don't already own it on SD or you're a big fan of the movie. No doubt, it's a great movie, probably the best remake in the series and probably best overall in the series including all the new ones and all the originals. But the upgrade to BR probably won't be worth it for most viewers.