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Director:
Writers (WGA):
George A. Romero (1978 screenplay)
James Gunn (screenplay)
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Release Date:
19 March 2004 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
When the undead rise, civilization will fall. See more »
Plot:
A nurse, a policeman, a young married couple, a salesman, and other survivors of a worldwide plague that is producing aggressive, flesh-eating zombies, take refuge in a mega Midwestern shopping mall. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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5 wins & 10 nominations See more »
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A great pace covers the weaknesses in plotting See more (1049 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (complete, awaiting verification)

Sarah Polley ... Ana

Ving Rhames ... Kenneth

Jake Weber ... Michael

Mekhi Phifer ... Andre

Ty Burrell ... Steve

Michael Kelly ... CJ

Kevin Zegers ... Terry
Michael Barry ... Bart

Lindy Booth ... Nicole

Jayne Eastwood ... Norma

Boyd Banks ... Tucker

Inna Korobkina ... Luda
R.D. Reid ... Glen

Kim Poirier ... Monica

Matt Frewer ... Frank

Louis Ferreira ... Luis (as Justin Louis)

Hannah Lochner ... Vivian
Bruce Bohne ... Andy
Ermes Blarasin ... Bloated Woman
Sanjay Talwar ... Doctor Rosen

Kim Roberts ... Cora

Tim Post ... Reviving Doctor

Matt Sadowski-Austin ... EMS Technician (as Matt Austin)

Philip DeWilde ... EMS Technician
Colm Magner ... Armed Neighbor

Luigia Zucaro ... Naked Woman
Geoff Williams ... Metro Bus Driver

Mike Realba ... Maintenance Man
David Campbell ... Squished Zombie
Philip Mackenzie ... Thrashing Zombie (as Philip MacKenzie)

Laura de Carteret ... Washington Politician (as Laura DeCarteret)

Georgia Craig ... Anchorwoman

Tino Monte ... Istanbul Reporter

Chris Gillett ... Older Anchorwoman
Derek Keurvorst ... Scientist
Dan Duran ... Confused Reporter
Neville Edwards ... CDC Spokesman

Sandy Jobin-Bevans ... CDC Reporter

Natalie Brown ... CDC Reporter
Liz West ... CDC Reporter
Blu ... Chips the Dog

Scott H. Reiniger ... The General (as Scott Reiniger)

Tom Savini ... The County Sheriff

Ken Foree ... The Televangelist
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Kim Kerns ... Girl on Steve's Boat in Video (uncredited)

Darren Marsman ... Maintenance Man Zombie (uncredited)

Zack Snyder ... Commando at White House (uncredited)

Directed by
Zack Snyder 
 
Writing credits
(WGA)
George A. Romero (1978 screenplay)

James Gunn (screenplay)

Produced by
Marc Abraham .... producer
Armyan Bernstein .... executive producer
Thomas A. Bliss .... executive producer
Dennis E. Jones .... executive producer
Michael D. Messina .... co-producer
Eric Newman .... producer
Richard P. Rubinstein .... producer
 
Original Music by
Tyler Bates 
 
Cinematography by
Matthew F. Leonetti 
 
Film Editing by
Niven Howie 
 
Casting by
Joseph Middleton 
 
Production Design by
Andrew Neskoromny 
 
Art Direction by
Arvinder Grewal 
 
Set Decoration by
Steve Shewchuk 
 
Costume Design by
Denise Cronenberg 
 
Makeup Department
Tony Acosta Jr. .... prosthetics technician (as Tony Acosta)
David LeRoy Anderson .... prosthetic makeup designer (as David Anderson)
David LeRoy Anderson .... special makeup effects artist
Lance Anderson .... prosthetics technician
Lance Anderson .... special makeup effects artist
Heidi Armstrong .... special makeup effects artist (as Heidi Da Costa)
Patrick Baxter .... prosthetics technician
Chris Bridges .... animatronic designer
Barney Burman .... prosthetic makeup department head
Mario Cacioppo .... makeup department head (as Mario G. Cacioppo)
Evelyn Carr .... key makeup artist: second unit
Christine Coloma .... on-set lens technician
Sarah Craig .... special makeup effects artist
François Dagenais .... prosthetics technician
Gabriel De Cunto .... additional prosthetics
Damian Fisher .... prosthetics technician (as Damien Fisher)
RaMona Fleetwood .... hair stylist: reshoots
Cliona Furey .... prosthetics hair stylist
David Fyfe .... prosthetics production crew
Toni G .... prosthetic makeup department head (as Toni Garavaglia)
Kyle Glencross .... prosthetics technician
Kyle Glencross .... special makeup effects artist
Iantha Goldberg .... special makeup effects artist
C.J. Goldman .... prosthetics technician
C.J. Goldman .... special makeup effects artist
Patrick Gorny .... prosthetics technician
Patrick Gorny .... special makeup effects artist
Bryan Gosling .... on-set lens technician
Mary-Lou Green-Benvenuti .... prosthetics hair stylist
Pamela Hackwell .... on-set lens technician
Carol Hartwick .... key hair stylist
Kevin Hutchinson .... special makeup effects artist
Stacey Iseman .... special makeup effects artist
Kelly Kavanagh .... special makeup effects artist
Mandy Ketcheson .... contact lens coordinator
Tony Labatt .... assistant prosthetics foreman
Diana Ladyshewsky .... hair department head (as Diana Ladyshewski)
Heather Langenkamp .... prosthetics production crew (as Heather Langenkamp Anderson)
Burton J. LeBlanc .... makeup artist (as Burton Leblanc)
Burton J. LeBlanc .... special makeup effects artist (as Burton Leblanc)
Daniel Lee .... special makeup effects artist (as Suk-Min Lee)
Jessica Lukian .... prosthetics production crew
Jo-Ann MacNeil .... key makeup artist
Michelle Magder .... prosthetics production crew
Carol Marinoff .... prosthetics key hair stylist
Nicole Michaud .... makeup effects coordinator: additional photography, AFX Studio
Mark Osler .... on-set lens technician
Michael S. Pack .... prosthetic eyes and teeth (as Mike Pack)
Wynona Price .... makeup artist: Mr. Rhames
Deborah Rutherford .... prosthetics makeup artist (as Deborah Patino)
Dana Sackel .... on-set lens technician
Beatrice Salazar .... key hair stylist: second unit (as Beatriz Salazar)
Sean Sansom .... prosthetics technician
Sean Sansom .... special makeup effects artist
Crystal Scott .... on-set lens technician
David Scott .... prosthetics technician
David Scott .... special makeup effects artist
Shaun Smith .... prosthetics foreman (as Shaun P. Smith)
Dave Snyder .... prosthetics makeup artist (as David Snyder)
Brad Spencer .... prosthetics production crew
Adrian Stansfield .... prosthetics technician
Adrian Stansfield .... special makeup effects artist
Dan Webb .... prosthetics production crew
John Wheaton .... prosthetics illustrator
Laura MacCon .... dailies makeup artist (uncredited)
 
Production Management
Jason Leib .... post-production supervisor
Michael MacDonald .... unit production manager
Alan Collis .... unit production manager: second unit (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Adam Bocknek .... trainee assistant director
Steven Buhai .... second assistant director: re-shoots
Michael G. Burke .... first assistant director: second unit (as Michael Burke)
Raymond J. Duff .... assistant director: second unit
Jennifer Haufler .... trainee assistant director: second unit
Joel Hay .... third assistant director
Cindy L. Irwin .... daily assistant director
Jordana Lieberman .... assistant director
Sara MacDonald .... second assistant director
Sara MacDonald .... second assistant director: second unit
Peter D. Marshall .... first assistant director
Conte Matal .... first assistant director: re-shoots
Eric S. Potechin .... second assistant director (as Eric Potechin)
Garfield Russell .... third assistant director: second unit
Clay Staub .... second unit director
 
Art Department
Rob Ballantyne .... assistant art director
David Best .... graphic designer
Rob Bonney .... head carpenter
Theresa Buckley .... property master: second unit
William Cheng .... assistant art director
Chuck Courrieu .... lead man: additional photography
Trevor Fischer .... art department apprentice
Kelly Gilbert .... construction administrator (as Kelly Gilbert Ursacki)
Kelly Gilbert .... construction office manager
Jen Gillespie .... clearance and placement coordinator
Jen Gillespie .... third art director
James Halpenny .... construction coordinator
Ron Hewitt .... property master
Lisa Hipgrave .... art department apprentice
Michael Huschka .... assistant property master
Kim Karon .... set designer
Mayumi Konishi-Valentine .... set designer (as Mayumi Konishi)
Tania McGowan .... art department apprentice
Sean Moore .... assistant art director
Timothy Peel .... art department apprentice
Vince Peets .... storyboard artist
Kaarin Piegaze .... art department apprentice
Steph Poch .... assistant property master: second unit
Jordu Schell .... conceptual artist
Douglas Slater .... art director: second unit
Mark Alan Yates .... storyboard artist
Suzanne Hodson .... set decoration buyer (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Sean Paul Armstrong .... cable person
Sean Paul Armstrong .... second boom operator
Benjamin Beardwood .... dialogue editor
Benjamin Beardwood .... sound editor
Andrew Bock .... assistant sound editor
Alfonso Calvo .... adr recordist
Robert Carr .... sound recordist: predubs
Evan T. Chen .... adr editor
Carmen Flores De Tanis .... first assistant sound editor
Michael Dressel .... foley editor
Frank Fleming .... sound recordist
Jeff Gomillion .... adr mixer
Allen Hartz .... dialogue editor
Gary A. Hecker .... supervising foley artist
Scott Hecker .... supervising sound editor (as Scott A. Hecker)
Frederick Howard .... sound effects editor
Chris Jenkins .... supervising sound mixer
Jason W. Jennings .... sound effects editor (as Jason Jennings)
Michael Jonascu .... sound effects editor
Greg LaPlante .... digital mastering
James Matheny .... dialogue editor
Matthew McKenzie .... adr recordist
Colin McLellan .... adr recordist
Frank A. Montaño .... supervising sound mixer
Eric A. Norris .... sound effects editor
Mark Pappas .... supervising foley editor
Philip Rogers .... adr recordist
Tony Shore .... sound
Greg ten Bosch .... assistant sound editor
John J. Thomson .... production sound mixer
Jay Wilkinson .... sound editor
Byron Wilson .... adr supervisor
Alan Zielonko .... boom operator
 
Special Effects by
Tony Acosta Jr. .... special effects technician
Damon Bishop .... special effects makeup
Jason Board .... assistant special effects rigger
Jason Board .... special effects foreman
Gary D'Amico .... special effects coordinator: Los Angeles
Damian Fisher .... special effects technician
Cliona Furey .... special effects hair
Daniel Gibson .... assistant special effects technician: second unit (as Dan Gibson)
Bob Hall .... zombie effects coordinator
Chris Jones .... special effects technician
Gary Kleinsteuber .... key special effects technician: second unit
Arthur Langevin .... pyrotechnic supervisor
Rocco Larizza .... first assistant on-set special effects
Drew Longland .... special effects technician
Jim McGillivary .... on-set key special effects
Jim McGillivary .... special effects foreman
Laird McMurray .... special effects coordinator
Laird McMurray .... special effects director
Bill McShane .... special effects
Shane Million .... special effects technician
Lisa Pacitto .... shop supervisor
Cameron Patterson .... special effects crew
John Poulter .... special effects technician
Marcus Rait .... special effects technician
David Reaume .... special effects technician
Troy Rundle .... assistant zombie effects
Troy Rundle .... special effects technician
Peter Sissakis .... special effects technician: second unit (as Peter Sissakus)
Stani Veselinovic .... special effects technician
Stephen Wallace .... key special effects rigger
Stephen Wallace .... special effects rigging key
Ray Comiso .... special effects technician (uncredited)
 
Visual Effects by
Brian Anderson .... 3D artist
Barb Benoit .... digital compositor
Dennis Berardi .... visual effects supervisor: Mr. X, Inc.
Kristy Blackwell .... digital environment supervisor
Dominik Bochenski .... additional compositor
Mark Chong .... technical supervisor
Patrick Clancey .... digital opticals
Patrick Coffey .... digital effects artist: zombie coach
Patrick Coffey .... visual effects designer
Shawney Cohen .... CG supervisor (as Sean Cohen)
Marc Cote .... motion control operator
Rob Del Ciancio .... digital compositor
Bonnie Dickson .... assistant compositor: Mr. X Inc.
Michael Eaves .... digital color timer: efilm
Jay Field .... compositor
Shane Glading .... technical supervisor
Marc-André Guindon .... animator
Sharon Smith Holley .... visual effects editor
Noel Hooper .... digital compositor
Aazim Khan .... additional 3D support
Aazim Khan .... digital artist
Denny Kurien .... additional 3D support
Denny Kurien .... animator
Yannick Leblanc .... motion control technical director
Kevin Lin .... quality control coordinator, digital intermediate: Efilm/Panavision
Jef Lonn .... digital compositor
Lisa Maher .... visual effects producer: CIS Hollywood
Daniel Mizuguchi .... additional 3D support
Andrew Nguyen .... compositor
Andrew Nguyen .... matte painter
Mark Palowich .... 3D artist
Marco Polsinelli .... additional compositor
Vladimir Popovic .... systems administrator
Matt Ralph .... additional 3D support
Matt Ralph .... digital effects artist
Eric J. Robertson .... visual effects producer
Shervin Shoghian .... digital compositor: Mr. X Inc.
Mark Stepanek .... additional 3D support
Derek Sunderland .... 3D artist
Derek Sunderland .... CG artist
Hoa Tran .... 3D animator: Mr. X Inc.
Hoa Tran .... additional 3D support
Aaron Weintraub .... visual effects supervisor: Mr. X, Inc.
Steve Wittmann .... 3D animator
Steve Wittmann .... 3D artist
Wojciech Zielinski .... additional 3D support
Wojciech Zielinski .... digital artist
Heather Grieve .... office administrator (uncredited)
Thomas Mathai .... data manager (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Nick Alachiotis .... stunts
Brittney Banks .... utility stunts
Matt Birman .... assistant stunt coordinator
Ermes Blarasin .... stunt player
Eric Bryson .... stunts
Randy Butcher .... stunts: various zombies & Jay Leno Zombie
Damon Caro .... stunt coordinator: additional scenes
Damon Caro .... zombie fight choreographer
Tommy Chang .... stunts
Lauro Chartrand .... stunts
Scott Alan Cook .... stunt double (as Scotty Cook)
Shelley Cook .... stunts
Ingrid Coree .... stunt double
David Jacox .... stunts
Brian Jagersky .... stunts
Blair Johannes .... stunts
Danny Lima .... stunts
Patrick Mark .... stunts
Brad Martin .... stunts
Christopher McGuire .... stunts (as Chris McGuire)
Darren McGuire .... stunt double
David McKeown .... stunt performer
Duncan McLeod .... stunts
Chris Moore .... stunts
Regan Moore .... stunt performer
Layton Morrison .... utility stunts
Billy Oliver .... stunts
Edward A. Queffelec .... stunts (as Ed Queffelec)
Ken Quinn .... stunts
Branko Racki .... stunts
Robert Racki .... stunts
Rex Reddick .... stunts
Alison Reid .... stunts
Herb Reischl Jr. .... stunt performer
Bryan Renfro .... stunts
Kevin Rushton .... utility stunts
Shayna Segal .... stunt double
Robert C. Shannon .... water safety supervisor
David Stinson .... stunts (as Dave Stinson)
John Stoneham Jr. .... fight coordinator
John Stoneham Jr. .... stunt coordinator
John Stoneham Jr. .... stunt performer
Bryan Thomas .... stunt performer
Roy T. Anderson .... stunts (uncredited)
Richard Cetrone .... stunts: reshoots (uncredited)
Tim Connolly .... stunts (uncredited)
Dean Copkov .... stunts (uncredited)
Tig Fong .... stunts (uncredited)
Curtis Hibbert .... stunts (uncredited)
Hiro Koda .... utility stunts (reshoots) (uncredited)
Henry Korhonen .... stunts (uncredited)
Jon Kralt .... stunts (uncredited)
Angelica Lisk-Hann .... stunts (uncredited)
Steve Lucescu .... stunts (uncredited)
Shawn C. Orr .... stunts (uncredited)
Chad Sayn .... stunts (uncredited)
Craig Snoyer .... stunts (uncredited)
Rebecca Stoneham .... stunts (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Murat Akser .... assistant camera
Miroslaw Baszak .... director of photography: second unit
Mark Beauchamp .... second assistant camera
Nicole Blanchard .... second assistant camera
Michael Carella .... camera operator
Jeffrey Cassidy .... video assist operator
Gilles Corbeil .... Steadicam operator
Gilles Corbeil .... camera operator: "a" camera
William Engel .... grip
Dave Ferguson .... key grip (second unit)
Carson T. Foster .... grip: second unit
Michael Galbraith .... gaffer
Russ Goozee .... camera operator: second unit
John B. Harper .... second unit: first assistant camera (as John Harper)
Mark Hryma .... camera operator: Wescam camera
Mike Kirilenko .... key grip
Ari Magder .... second assistant camera: "b" camera, second unit
Clyde Miller .... assistant camera: Wescam camera, aerial unit
Christopher Raucamp .... first assistant camera
Herb Reischl Jr. .... rigging electrician
Ron Renzetti .... dolly grip
Brent Robinson .... first assistant camera: "c" camera
Brent Robinson .... underwater camera operator
Ronald Schlueter .... video assist
Tom Starnes .... rigging gaffer
Shai Vera .... grip
Paul Zoskey .... 24 frame video operator
Joseph Torres Jr. .... first assistant camera: re-shoots (uncredited)
 
Animation Department
Brian Anderson .... senior animator
Gary Mau .... animator: main title animation (uncredited)
 
Casting Department
Robin D. Cook .... casting: Canada
Chad Darnell .... extras casting: additional photography
Lauren Grey .... casting associate
Nicole Hilliard-Forde .... casting associate: Canada
Sara Kay .... casting assistant: Toronto
Caitlin McKenna-Wilkinson .... adr voice casting
Jane Rogers .... extras casting
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Frank Alexander .... costume supervisor
Ciara Brennan .... costume breakdown artist
Natalie Bronfman .... assistant costume designer
Matthew Campbell .... assistant costume set supervisor
Christina Cattle .... set costume supervisor: second unit
Tatjana Hutinec .... costume breakdown artist
Trelawnie Mead .... costume dyer/breakdown
Gamila Smith .... costume designer: Los Angeles
Jasmina Vasileva .... set costumer
 
Editorial Department
Gary Burritt .... negative cutter
Michael Eaves .... color timer (as Mike Eaves)
Berenicci Hershorn .... assistant film editor
William Hoy .... additional editor
Jack Lewars .... assistant color timer: Efilm
Curtis Lindersmith .... digital intermediate editor
David McGroarty .... assistant editor
Arthur Montreuil .... color timer
Danny Rafic .... assistant editor
Melissa Remenarich .... first assistant editor (as Melissa Remenarich-Aperlo)
Jeff Schweikart .... post-production assistant
Valance Eisleben .... high definition editorial services (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Tree Adams .... composer: additional music
Pete Anthony .... conductor
Robert Bayless .... assistant music editor
Julian Bratolyubov .... music preparation
Tom Calderaro .... orchestrator
Sandy DeCrescent .... orchestra contractor
Bruce Fowler .... additional orchestrator
Rick Giovinazzo .... orchestrator
Zigmund Gron .... preview music editor
Darrell Hall .... music editor
Derek Leininger .... musician
Larry Mah .... digital score recordist
Wolfgang Matthes .... synthesizer programmer
Kathy Nelson .... executive in charge of music
John Richards .... score mixer
John Richards .... score recordist
John Rodd .... orchestral scoring recordist
Tim Rodier .... music preparation
G. Marq Roswell .... music supervisor
Adam Swart .... music coordination and clearances
 
Transportation Department
Ron Annabelle .... picture car captain: second unit
Dana Howes .... transportation coordinator
Wayne Ireland .... picture car captain
Jennifer Mccormack .... driver: honeywagon
 
Other crew
Scott Alexander .... assistant location manager
Janine Anderton .... production coordinator
Emily V. Austin-Bruns .... assistant: Mr. Rubinstein
Tracey Averett .... assistant: Mr. Newman
Lillian Awa .... production assistant: re-shoots
Mark Barclay .... assistant: Mr. Bliss
John 'Frenchie' Berger .... armorer
Stephanie Lee Berger .... weapons handler
Jim Chizmar .... water safety
Rachel Clarke .... daily accounting clerk
Wesley Coller .... assistant: Mr. Snyder
Kyle Cooper .... title designer
Cathy Coulson-Alfonso .... office production assistant: second unit (as Cathy Coulson)
Patricia Cowmeadow .... set supervisor
Meg Davies .... assistant: Mr. Newman
Marty Dejczak .... location manager
Melanie Donkers .... office production assistant: second unit
Martin Earl .... assistant location manager
Terry Edinger .... production accountant
Lisa Jean Felski .... post-production accountant
Jen Gillespie .... clearance
Jen Gillespie .... product placement
Scott Goldberg .... production assistant
Terri Greening .... accountant: re-shoot
Pamela Hackwell .... contact lens technician
Andreas Hass .... assistant production coordinator: second unit
Rebecca Hertz .... producer: main titles
Violetta Hessing .... dog trainer
Jake Hicks .... boat captain
Sara Holmes .... first assistant accountant
Steve Holt .... on-set medic
Aaron Horton .... office production assistant
Sandra Lynne Hyhkö .... assistant production coordinator (as Sandy Hyhko)
Stephanie Keating .... publicist
Ryan Keaveney .... production assistant
Rohan Kelly .... production assistant
Alex Kontsalakis .... payroll accountant
Richard Kroll .... researcher: stock footage
Heather Langenkamp .... production crew (as Heather Langenkamp-Anderson)
Linda Lockett .... assistant: Mr. Jones
Dave Lombardo .... precussion specialist
Jessica Lukian .... prosthetics crew
David McIlroy .... location manager
Sarah McIntosh .... second assistant accountant
Linda McKenney .... production assistant
Brett Miller .... location production assistant
Sandy Morrow .... script supervisor: second unit
Noah Newman .... production assistant
J.P. O'Donnell .... craft service: second unit
Andre Paquin .... third assistant accountant
Robin M. Reelis .... production coordinator: second unit
Errol Reichow .... location manager: re-shoots
Scott Reitz .... technical advisor
Andrew Rosen .... asset coordinator
Dug Rotstein .... script supervisor
Stephen Schuster .... title designer: Prologue
Steve Sheridan .... accounting clerk
Dave Ian Smith .... fire safety officer
Kyle A. Smith .... production assistant
Erik Sudmals .... second assistant accountant
Alan Sutton .... fire safety
Douglas Thompson .... production secretary
Dave Tommasini .... helicopter pilot (as David Tommasini)
Troy Waters .... marine coordinator
Catherine Wheatley .... assistant: Mr. Abraham (as Catherine Wheatley Vowles)
J. Wilfrid White .... marine crew
Terrence B. Zinn .... set production assistant: re-shoots
Kati Moore .... location productions assistant (uncredited)
Chris Moulson .... assistant location manager (uncredited)
 
Thanks
Jane Conway .... special thanks
 

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Also Known As:
"Zack Snyder's Dawn of the Dead" - USA (long title)
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MPAA:
Rated R for pervasive strong horror violence and gore, language and sexuality (Certificate No. 40662)
Runtime:
101 min | 110 min (unrated director's cut)
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Certification:
Argentina:16 | Australia:MA | Austria:16 | Brazil:18 | Canada:18A (Ontario) | Canada:13+ (Québec) | Chile:14 | Czech Republic:18 | Finland:K-18 | France:-16 | Germany:18 (also director's cut) | Hong Kong:III (director's cut) | Iceland:16 | Ireland:18 | Israel:16 | Italy:VM14 | Japan:R-15 | Malaysia:18SG | Netherlands:16 | New Zealand:R16 | Norway:18 | Philippines:R-13 | Portugal:M/18 | Singapore:R21 | Singapore:M18 (edited TV version) | South Korea:18 | Spain:18 | Sweden:15 | Switzerland:16 (canton of Geneva) | Switzerland:16 (canton of Vaud) | Switzerland:16 (canton of Zurich) | UK:18 | USA:R (Certificate No. 40662) | USA:Unrated (director's cut)

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Trivia:
An exchange between Kim Poirier (Monica) and Lindy Booth (Nicole) about Nicole playing with the dog more than she is helping was eliminated from the film in order to avoid making Kim Poirier's character sound "too bitchy."See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: When Ana is in her car behind the bus, just before the driver tries to steal it from her, there is a shot of a nude woman stumbling past on the right hand side of the front window. There is a heavy smearing of blood on the window, obviously covering up the nudity. Only Luis' hand-prints on the left hand side had been visible before that point and it isn't there after she wakes up from the crash, either.See more »
Quotes:
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.See more »
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References Waterworld (1995)See more »
Soundtrack:
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99 out of 150 people found the following review useful.
A great pace covers the weaknesses in plotting, 10 April 2004
Author: bob the moo from United Kingdom

Returning from a busy day in the hospital, Ana spends time with her husband when a neighbours daughter comes into the house and attacks her husband. He dies before returning to life and attacking Ana. She runs and escapes in her car, driving through a neighbourhood rife with violence and fires. After crashing her car, she hooks up with a group of armed survivors who take refuge in a mall. The group settle in and fortify their position as an army of the undead gather outside.

Before I start my review, let me just say that this will be biased as I am always easily won over by zombie movies. The fact that they just keep coming (fast or slow), lack character and only want to kill really just freaks me out. So I tend to get easily scared by the genre (even if `enjoy' is perhaps not the right word) and be easily more negligent towards their faults. Despite telling myself that I wouldn't bother with this film as it would scare me, I went for it anyway in a fit of `confront your fears' type of stupidity! The film starts with a creepy opening and pretty much manages to keep the pace up for the whole film. It, like the zombies, moves fast and brutally throughout and is very, very tense.

Others have complained about the lack of gore - however I found the graphic exploding heads to do that more than enough for my tastes! Better than gore is the atmosphere. The use of news footage is not original but it succeeds (along with the aerial view of the town) in creating the impression of a world turning to sh*t. I don't know about you but this scares me and the film did it well. The speed of the zombie attacks makes for a thrilling ride and it did make me very tense - Snyder managed to make the whole film a threat (especially for a first time director) and I honestly have a very stiff neck a day after seeing this simply because my body was tensed up for the whole film!

The pace of the film also serves to cover the real problems in content and plot. Unlike the original there is no satirical swipe on consumerism - the fact that the zombies are just wandering aimlessly around the mall like they used to in life is pretty much ignored here - but times are very different now I guess. The plot itself also has quite a few stupid moments where the characters act in a way you know they wouldn't in real life. For example people go on suicide missions for little real reasons and you can tell that the script is just doing it to create more action. However, when you are into it, these things don't really seem to matter. The film may be a little silly when you think about it but it does have a good ending - downbeat and realistic (or at least as realistic as it can be!) and left me with no hope of a happy ending - in this regard it is everything that `28 Days Later..' is not.

The cast is good even if the script places their characters secondary to the action. Polley is used to slightly more substantial roles but still does well here. Rhames is lumbered with a religious background that is never explained, but he is a great presence throughout. Weber is the standout role however. His character is a slightly less cartoon version of Evil Dead's Ash. He is the unwilling hero but yet he seems to accept all the obstacles he comes across. He also manages to be one of the group that the audience cares about - most of them are fodder and we know it! Phifer is a good actor but seemed too `gangster' to really be driven to this degree by his family. The rest of the support cast are mostly just there to get eaten but they do OK.

Overall this is not a great film - but it is an effective one. As a film it lacks subtext, comment and plot logic. However as a thriller it is fast paced, gripping and tense with a satisfyingly bleak conclusion. Snyder does a good job as a first timer and creates an atmosphere that is gripping even if it lacks originality. Like I said, I don't deal with zombie movies very well and am easily scared but I reckon that this should satisfy many a Saturday night thrill-seeking crowd even if it does nothing for your brain apart from it's risk getting eaten.

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