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Day of the Dead (2008)
Day of the Dead... or Resident Evil remake?
I have a few issues with this "remake". As a remake, you want to preserve a similar storyline, yet update effects, dialogue, and characters. The characters names that were kept had no connection with their origin (aside from being in the military of course). Bud (a.k.a. Bub) is given a bit of a back-story, but could've been written out all together. The underground bunker only becomes relevant in the last 30 minutes of the movie. Worst of all, the origin of the virus is explained.
What about the stars of the movie? Of course, the undead. This is when you have to forget you're watching a Dead remake. As in the Dawn of the Dead remake (which I enjoyed), the zombies can run. This adds to the terror, yet believable enough to keep you entertained without completely taking away from the original series. In Day of the Dead, they also jump, repel, and scale walls and ceilings. Transitioning to a zombie is a bit ridiculous. One minute you're carrying on a conversation, then you kinda zone out for a few seconds, and *poof* your eyes turn white, skin's already rotting, and you're looking for food (unless you're a vegetarian).
I kinda liked the actors. Mena Suvari isn't a great female lead. Ving Rhames plays a military version of his Dawn character, but was underused in this film. Way too many teenage characters. Credits even got the lead character's name wrong and didn't bother putting in the names of some of other characters in the credits. Dialogue was fairly cheesy and storyline was lazy and kinda predictable.
Why a rating of 4? If you remove the Dead name from the movie and market it as just a zombie movie, it's a good B-movie. Plenty of kill scenes, if not a little over the top. Makeup was pretty convincing. A good movie to watch at 2 in the morning when the bars close.
As for the climax ending... turn the movie off. You can come up with a better one by using your imagination.