Monday, March 29, 2004

Movie Review(Dawn of the Dead)...

Dawn of the Dead

Dawn of the Dead is a remake of George A. Romero’s 1978 zombie film of the same name. Romero’s film was also a sly satire on consumerism claiming that “once the survivors locked themselves into the womb of consumerism, they become numb in lives of meaningless distraction”. It was not by coincidence that his characters ended up fending off mindless zombies from inside a shopping mall.
Updated for a new generation, Dawn of the Dead ‘2004’ favours all out action in place of meaningful story and subtext. First-time director Zack Snyder and screenwriter James Gunn have constructed a fast paced action thriller which deals with the nightmare of a zombie apocalypse. “When there is no room left in hell, the dead will walk the earth” runs the tagline.
The story begins when Anna, a young nurse, played by Sarah Polley, wakes up to find that her husband has been bitten by an intruder in their house. Chaos ensues and the infection spreads. Anna realises that her whole neighbourhood has fallen victim to this bizarre disease. She escapes and finally meets up with Kenneth (Ving Rhames), a hardened local cop. Upon discovering a handful of other survivors, they take refuge in a local shopping mall.
Although the concept sounds ridiculous, the movie works. The sometimes violent humour (zombie shooting competition!), laugh-out-loud one liners and many exciting set pieces combine to make Dawn of the Dead one of the most consistently entertaining horror films in years. The plot is wafer thin, the characters are barely developed, and the dialogue is as cheesy as it gets, but when a movie is this much fun, who cares? Just leave your brain at the popcorn counter and enjoy the show.
3 out of 5