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OK... The movies overall spirit is right on the mark. Director Steve
Miner wanted to make a zombie movie and he did. The problems with this
movie lay in the meat of the script. The characters in this movie cover
the normal span of what you would expect in the zombie movie genre.
Everybody is basically too smart or too dumb for their own good. I
would like to believe one of these days a perfect zombie film will be
written. It is obvious why this film went straight to DVD.
Movies often interpret military rank and file with little to no understanding. A corporal in the US Army has no rank first off. They may be a Non Commissioned Officer but with little to no authority. Nothing drives me crazier, as a former military man myself, than somebody calling a US Army Non Commissioned officer "Sir or Ma'am." The movie try's to play off of this in the beginning but still doesn't get it right. A corporal is simply referred to as "Corporal." Nothing more nothing less.
I hate judging a movie simply on its depiction of our men and women in uniform but it ruins it for me because no effort is put into such a basic piece of the film. Suvari's rank on her uniform's collar and hat looks like they were pulled out of a Cracker Jack box. Head down to your local GI Shop and buy the right props. While you're at it pay the guy behind the counter to tell you how the military is structured.
I did enjoy the fact that the zombies were able to literally run around until they started crawling up the ceilings. If somebody is going to make a film about zombies a couple of basic rules should be followed. Read a Max Brooks book for pity's sake. The movie takes too much time and liberty recreating zombies. Passivity within the zombie community can be achieved if you are a vegetarian according to this film. If the writers and directors would have spent more time developing the characters, this film would have been so much better. This film instead focuses too much on gore without substance.
The films structure follows what you would expect of any zombie film however. The Grade B characters are introduced, the zombies come around, everybody dies and there are head shots aplenty.
This film is worth a look if you are a fan of the genre. If you are expecting to find the utter perfection of the first film you are going to be sorely disappointed. If an attempt had been made to follow the footsteps of the original this remake would have had the potential for excellence. The "shoot and escape" concepts of modern zombie films is getting a little tiresome.
The whole point of the original film was to show the effects that long term isolation has on people no matter how safe they might be. This film instead focuses on the escape plan...again.