Dawn of the Dead (2004)

Directed by Zack Snyder.  Written by James Gunn.  Starring Sarah Polley, Jake Weber, Ving Rhames, Mekhi Phifer, Ty Burrell, Kevin Zegers, Lindy Booth and Matt Frewer.

Plot: during the zombie apocalypse, a group of survivors hole up in a mall to wait for help

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This remake of the 1978 classic is almost nothing like the original.  The survivors do end up in a mall, but that’s pretty much where the similarities stop.  In this movie, we have a  lot more characters to deal with and a lot more drama.  To DJ, that’s not a good thing.  I should say right off the bat that I love this movie way more than my brother does.

DJ hates most of the people in the mall, including the technical “final girl” played by Sarah Polley.  I think he’s wrong for the most part.  She’s just really scared and that kind of shit can make you a bitch sometimes.  As for the others, many have redeeming moments or some sort of character development which is nice.

It’s a wonderfully entertaining movie though.  It’s frightening in parts and funny in others.  There’s an opening that no one should be able to forget, which is important.  There’s a terrific soundtrack, an excellent cast, awesome dialogue and great effects.  It’s just sad the ending sucks.

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In the end, everyone dies or so it seems.  The dog lives, but DJ had to point out that with no one to feed him, he probably starved to death after the credits were done rolling.  But at least I didn’t have to watch it happen.  The worst part about the ending too, is that if you’re trying to watch this on cable (please don’t!), you won’t even see the end end.  They cut it off usually.  There’s no island.  There’s no more zombies.  There’s just an open end.  Both things suck, but for the sake of good horror, watch this on a medium that completes the story.

I love the movie.  DJ just accepts it as average horror fare.

My score: 94.  DJ’s score: 56.

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