This seems to be another low budget zombie movie, but with such a great story it all makes it worth while. Filmed in Canada, so that also makes it even better! :) This is a classic that i needed to add to my collection!
I honestly don't want to waste my time with this but I too have watched this film. I do enjoy George Romero zombie flicks and after watching this I thought this was a joke. More disappointed actually cause all I got was some rookie director coming up with a 'remake' of one of the master's well known title and jacking it all up. A rookie in the sense of trying to capture the dark, gritty, viciousness of the zombie epidemic as envisioned by Romero in his earlier films. Steve Miner has directed episodes of Dawson's Creek, (which explains some of this film's truly boring dialog and Ken and Barbie type characters) and Smallville (which has effectively turned Superman into a soap opera).What Miner has done here is show us that he can capture all of the plot lines, and zombie behavior previously shown in a dozen zombie flicks, put Mena Suvari (of American Beauty) in the lead and make a horrible horror movie.
While this film might appeal to young folks who don't understand the art as developed by Romero, those who do will undoubtedly turn away from this one after the first half hour. It only takes that long to get an idea of the poor characters. Suvari plays an army Corporal (who carries a gun with no bullets. Why even pull it out?) Ving Rhames has a small part, perhaps wise enough to not stick around. Suvari's character is remarkably calm in the face of danger despite her seemingly bad decision making. The rest of the cast are like refugees from a Dawson's Creek episode. Nick Cannon (Mariah Cary's husband) plays the part of the bad a.., machismo Army Private, and while not giving a particularly good performance, due in part to the horrible script, Cannon does manage to bring some charisma and toughness to the character.
The zombies seem to do extraordinary things one moment (like crawl on ceilings and run real fast-like the Dawn of the Dead remake), but when it comes to attacking the lead actors they seem inept. This picture doesn't do any justice to the zombie film genre. It ranks down there with the very low budget. The title was used to possibly draw attention to it's existence, nothing more.Read more ›
No one knows how anyone got sick . . . at least, no one is telling us. The US Army is all over it, quarantining Leadville, Colorado. Sarah Bowman (Mena Suvari) is serving her country and is part of the troops bordering the town.
Except they can't contain the rage-filled maniacs that have returned from the dead after being killed by the flu.
Going back for her mother (Linda Marlowe), she runs into her brother, Trevor (Michael Welch), and tries and save their mother's life. Unfortunately, the mom falls victim to the virus and Sarah and her brother--along with his girlfriend/female interest, Nina (AnnaLynne McCord), and a couple of Army Joes--try and flee from the ever-escalating attack of flesh-hungry zombies that stop at nothing to satisfy their gut-munching desires.
Adding a strange twist to things, one of the army chaps, Bud Crain (Stark Sands), gets infected and later transforms into an angry zombie as well, but Sarah keeps him along for the ride, feeling sorry for him. Besides, he seems harmless enough and hasn't attacked them.
When their hope of escape falls through, Sarah and the others must make their last stand against the undead before they are ripped to pieces.
Can they survive this Day of the Dead?
The first thing that comes to mind about this movie is that it's hardcore. The zombies in this flick aren't just your average gray-skinned, baggy-eyed monsters. The person infected dies then are suddenly transformed into pale-skinned, decayed-fleshed, white-eyed beasties loaded with so much rage that hate and hunger emanates from them before they even move in for the kill. Speaking of which, they move so fast that you'd think they're part vampire or something. Crazy speed with these guys and, for me, those quick, jerky movements of the undead creep me out every time.
The story's simple: an outbreak, people turn to zombies, folks run for their lives. Hey, standard zombie fare, and that's part of the fun. I also liked have a female in the lead and it was neat to see Mena Suvari--who usually plays the fun, get-along girl--take charge and blast the heads off these creatures.
I was totally into this flick. The suspense was building. Every time a zombie jumped out I was jumping on my couch. All good.
Then Bud died, came back--and was nice? This bit took me out of the movie and it's why I'm giving this a 3 out of 5 instead of a 4 like I was going to. It just totally ruined it for me, especially when Sarah and friends were riding with him in the Humvee and, after a short debate about why this zombie was riding with them, they all seemed pretty cool with it.
Bud's bit at the end was also predictable, but, hey, what're you gonna do?
I did like how vulnerable these zombies were to fire and how quickly the flames destroyed them.
The ending Director Steve Miner chose for this flick was the better of the two as the alternate ending on the DVD, though very similar, wasn't as strong and was a bit hokey. Having Salazar (Nick Cannon) die was the best choice.
If you like your zombie flicks raunchy, quick and gory, you'll love this Day of the Dead remake. If you're one of those folks who are sticky about story plausibility--even in the realm of zombie movies--then this probably won't be up your alley.