Dawn of the Dead (1979) [UMD for PSP] [Import]
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Being 28 now, and seeing how the film industry has evolved along with everything else with their special effects, editing and bigger budgets, any remake or movie will look better than what was released 20 years ago.
Of course i said look better but not made better!
Getting back to the movie, i enjoyed it, the acting was decent and the zombies looked good, in some cases too good! As for the story, it changed alot besides for the location (a shopping mall) where all the action took place in.
For everyone that didn't see the 2004 version but saw the original, here are some changes...
1-Original starts off in a newsroom telling the public about the living coming back from the dead...the remake starts off in a hospital where they're treating a patient with a bite, then all hell breaks loose in the first ten minutes. (the best opening for a horror film that i've seen in a long time!)
2-No army type guys fighting off zombies in the remake, just regular people like you and me doing all the dirty work!
3-Lots of blood in this one, wins hands down in that department compared to the original!
4-They must have put steroids in the ground, these 2004 zombies are faster then ever (28 days later fast!), the original movie features the slowest zombies ever put on screen!
5-Was that Tom savini in the remake playing a news reporter on TV? Yes, very small part compared to the original where he played a crazy rough and tough biker.
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Sarah Polley convincingly plays a waif turned survivor with just the right amount of emoting. She is strong and vulnerable at the same moment, trying to remain reasonable in unreasonable times. Weber also fits this bill as Michael, a man with a shady past full of regret who tries to fill others with hope while remaining a stark realistic. Rhames' performance clearly commands the most attention. As Kenneth, he becomes the group's de facto leader and top man of action. He keeps the clearest head when trouble is afoot and leads the group out of one scrape after another. Rhames gives the character a silent strength that provides the film with a much needed human edge. I just wished the zombies were bit slower because at times it seem a little bit unnatural of the things that they were able to do.
First time director Zack Snyder moves the film along briskly and effectively though, keeping the action scenes tight and the dramatic scenes quiet. There is no heavy-handed sermonizing here that tends to infiltrate most big-budget horror movies -- Snyder wisely lets the images speak for themselves. The horror itself is shocking and grabs your attention, which is a plus considering most of the recent crop of thrillers. The fact that it is happening to sympathetic characters that we care about is another feather in the movie's cap.Read more ›
Having bought this used, its condition was like new and it arrived in good time. I was very intrigued by the special features (which include an interesting short recording the final days of the gun shop owner, some special effects featurettes, and a bit more.
Personally, I actually found this one more enjoyable than the original (I am rather mutual on the fact that these zombies run instead of lumber around mindlessly). It even answers the question of "What happens when a pregnant woman gets turned into a zombie?"
Overall, **** out of *****
"...The dead will walk the earth."
Writer James Gunn doesn't waste any time in getting to the action, and his suspenseful script is peppered with snappy dialogue. Yet, the isolated survivors seem a little too accepting of the tragedy that has arisen around them, as they try and kill time before coming up with an escape plan. It is also puzzling that aside from one little girl in the opening sequence, children are nowhere to be seen. Though Gunn has found his creative niche, he should stick to straightforward horror and avoid comedic films like his deplorable Scooby-Doo.
Zack Snyder makes his directorial debut, filling the screen with just the right amount of mayhem and gore. Every scene is sophisticated and stylish, and the well-chosen soundtrack adds an element of irony to the proceedings. With no superstars to carry his film, the ensemble of largely unfamiliar faces adds to the story's credibility.
The prolific Sarah Polley, best known for her work in t.v.'s "Road to Avonlea", gives a solid performance, conveying both horror and sadness at the chaos around her. Fans of Ving Rhames will be disappointed, as his underdeveloped character exists only to blow the heads off ravenous corpses. Jake Weber as Michael stands out among the group, shaping his role with a compelling poignancy. Shot at Thornhill Square Mall north of Toronto, it comes as no surprise that several Canadians appear in supporting roles.Read more ›
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I can recall all the hoopla about this one when it came out, with people raving about how good it was. Now having seen it for myself, I just don't get it! Read morePublished 2 months ago by Clayton Hickey
The comic moments in this movie more than make up for the gross-out scenes. Very well done movie with a super cast. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Dan D from BC
I was skeptical that this movie would be any good. Remakes rarely are. This one was one of the rare winners. Read morePublished on Oct. 25 2012 by S. Simonetti
In my view,a damn good zombie movie!
At the very begining you get a sense on how it might feel after waking up and finding your neighbourhood in complete chaos. Read more
I watched this show many times. With the blue-ray quality its awesome. This is probably one of the best zombie movie out there.Published on June 7 2012 by big head
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