Dawn of The Dead (2004)

July 23, 2012


Dawn of The Dead
"When there's no more room in hell, the dead will walk the earth."
★★★★

Ana, a young beautiful nurse finishes her day-shift at the hospital to return home to her beloved husband, they make love and sleep together. The next day, after her husband is killed by her neighbor next door, he suddenly comes back to life. She discovers the chaos happening in her neighborhood and escapes from her home. Soon after coming to her senses in the woods, she encounters a cop and other survivors, they decide to find safety in a mall. Soon more survivors come, and they learn that if they want to stay alive, they should stick together as the world is overrun by an army of undead. Can they survive the horror in this horrific global chaos?

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This movie is the remake of 1978 movie brought by George Romero. I honestly haven't seen the original one, but I'd love to do so. In this remake, Zack Snyder really does his trick. I can say that Snyder did a great job on remaking this movie (remake movie isn't always that bad right?). He constantly pounds our heart with the gun-shooting action with a lot of running rather than the horror of the zombies themselves. The plot goes really well, a fast-paced plot with constant tense throughout the adventure.

Man, the characters are bad-ass. I can say that the more-than-10 characters doesn't really work well for me, because there're only 3 of hem who actually take the roles, the other? just a hard-shooting brats that will soon get killed. Ving Rhames is so far my favorite. He portrays Kenneth really well; that scary looking police officer with bad-ass looking gun, with no expression and seems not to have any fear, moreover give a single fuck on everything. But, he also has that vulnerable side, which is very touching and feels different. And there's Sarah Polley, who portrays the pretty tough nurse, Ana. She's brave and one reckless woman. Last is Jake Webber who portrays Michael; a "nobody" guy who takes a great role in the group, leads with wisdom and such a caretakers. He's making quite a shock at the end of the movie.

There're 3 things that I considered as the core of this movie. First, the zombie is fucking running! Yes, I've seen a lot of scary-ass zombie movies and they've frightened me already just by dragging their foot, and this one is running! It's like getting chased by bunch of vampires but with corpse-like looks and they're not sucking, they're eating, not blood, but flesh. Snyder, you got me. Second, the Andy-Kenneth's whiteboard & binoculars relationship. They even play shoot-that-celebrity-a-like-zombie and whiteboard chess! And last but not least, the ending. Let me tell you (and this is gonna be a big spoiler), the ending is faux. The real ending will be shown in the credits section, through a found-footage cam. Smart and interesting.

Bottom line, Dawn of The Dead probably one of my favorite zombie movies (besides Zombieland and The Walking Dead). It has taste, blood-pumping action and scarily tough looking zombies. Yes, I definitely recommend you to watch this one.

Televangelist : "Hell is overflowing. And Satan is sending his dead to us. Why? Because you have sex out of wedlock. You kill unborn children. You have man-on-man relations. Same-sex marriage. How do you think your god will judge you? Well, friends, now we know. When there is no more room in hell, the dead will walk the earth."

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Kenneth : "Nothing to say. Been to a lot of funerals. Folded the flag and given it to a lot of wives, and fathers, and kids. I told them how sorry I was. But that's not what I was really feeling. In the back of my mind, I was always saying, "Better them than me." But I don't believe that now. Because now I realize there are some things worse than death, and one of them is sitting here waiting to die."

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