Dawn of the Dead

2004 "When there's no more room in Hell, the dead will walk the Earth."
7.3| 1h41m| R| en| More Info
Released: 19 March 2004 Released
Producted By: Universal Pictures
Country: United States of America
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Official Website: http://www.dawnofthedeadmovie.net/

A group of survivors take refuge in a shopping mall after the world is taken over by aggressive, flesh-eating zombies.


Fantasy, Drama, Horror

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Zack Snyder

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Exoticalot People are voting emotionally.
Beanbioca As Good As It Gets
FirstWitch A movie that not only functions as a solid scarefest but a razor-sharp satire.
Bob This is one of the best movies I’ve seen in a very long time. You have to go and see this on the big screen.
cyberman-38605 This movie was incredible. Everything you want from a zombie flick is in this. Great, extreme gore, surprisingly good character development, and a solid storyline. Every scene is immensely enjoyable and come together to make a very scary, intense film. 10/10 (Director's Cut)
Joel Newman DAWN OF THE DEAD is a remake of George A. Romero's same titled apocalyptic, epic, zombie-horror-action-thriller-drama 1978 masterpiece; this 2004 version sometimes seems good, especially the first 20 or 30 minutes leading up to/getting to the shopping mall (putting aside the cliche of the pretty female nurse working in a major hospital). And when they get inside the mall there's this promising bit where they're running and music from the 1978 film composed by the Italian band Goblin kicks in...but it's over in a few seconds and things go downhill when they meet the security guards hiding in the mall (which was meant to add complexity/depth to the situation but doesn't - it's just security guards hiding in a mall/protecting their turf - wow). Nancy Allen said in an interview on the Robocop remake (2014); words to the effect of: 'You only remake films that had a good idea but were executed badly'. I reckon it'd be cool to remake films for younger audiences who weren't around when the original came out; SPFX have improved so now it's possible to make a better looking/more polished versions but they should leave 'em to the original director/creative team (if they're still around which George A. Romero certainly was) e.g. 'Hey George this is so and so calling from Universal Studios and we want you to remake Dawn of the Dead; you can have as much $ as you like/we'll give you whatever you need/you'll have full creative control' and if they agree or at least have a role in overseeing the production then remake it otherwise leave it alone. Part of the reason why the original Dawn of the Dead was so much better was because George A. Romero worked largely outside of the studio system; he was independent, didn't use a lot of big stars and yet his movies kicked arse; the original Dawn of the Dead had a insight into human nature and materialism and captured a sense of dread and uneasiness as we watch a breakdown of the fabric of society - this remake just isn't as good, isn't as insightful; it seems trite in comparison. This remake is uneven in tone, never really gets going/the gore doesn't take off/there's crappy slow-motion like when the zombies are being blasted off the caged wire fences in the underground car-park and the action doesn't let rip like in the original; after the first act, it's pretty boring /there were missed opportunities; the original film let rip; this one doesn't. Giving it 5 out of 10 for trying and hey; it's easy to criticise; try making a film.
jeankhwt Writing's really stupid. Their major decisions were incredibly dumb and made no sense at all. Why on earth would they go to a mall to escape? There would be so many ways the zombies could get in. And shatterproof glass? Seriously? What were the odds? The mall's too big a place with different levels - what made them think that they could cover every single exit? And going to a boat was their best way out? Seriously? It could've been a concrete plan if it was explained to us clearly. But no all we know was that Steve had this boat and they were going to reinforce two buses as if they were all suddenly handymen and drive out to it to go to some random island they didn't even know exist.Then there's the zombies. My god were they almost hilarious. I had no idea if the movie was going for a comedic direction because it sure as hell seemed like it. I guess it was still quite entertaining, although for the wrong reasons. I could've stopped watching but I didn't. Probably wouldn't watch it again.
FlashCallahan Ana goes home to her husband, after a difficult night shift, but is shocked in the morning when he is brutally attacked by her neighbour. In the chaos of her neighbourhood, Ana flees and comes into contact with a police officer named Kenneth, along with more survivors who decide that their best chances of survival would be found in the deserted Crossroads Shopping Mall. When supplies begin to run low and other trapped survivors need help, the group come to realise that they cannot stay there forever, and plan to escape......To say now that Snyder made a film that would stand proud in the serious Zombie horror genre, would be met with guffaws, seeing that since this film, his output has been mediocre to say the least. But in 2004, one film changed the way people would perceive the 'Zombie' genre, and the way most 'zombie' films are made today.But that's enough of Shaun Of The Dead.DOTD doesn't try anything new, aside from the fast zombies that we would all hate to be stuck with, and although it never reaches the height's of the original, it still entertaining and shocking in equal doses, thanks to a wonderful script, and very good performances from all the cast.There is nothing special about this group of people, and they wood be just as nameless as the dead outside, if you were to pass them on a normal day.The film does follow the tropes you would expect from a film like this. You get the leader of the pack, who is just a simple mane with common sense, the people who were there first, thinking they are the kings of the castle. The obligatory yuppie, who whines throughout the movie, until he comes good. We get the tough cop with a heart of gold, and of course, because we have to be all PC, the main protagonist is a woman, who adapts to everything really, really quickly (see also The River Wild).It never lets up, there are some truly disturbing scenes, but foe a remake of one of the most cherished zombie films of all times, it's a pretty solid film.