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Land of the Dead (2005)

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The living dead have taken over the world, and the last humans live in a walled city to protect themselves as they come to grips with the situation.

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George A. Romero
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Simon Baker ... Riley Denbo
John Leguizamo ... Cholo DeMora
Dennis Hopper ... Kaufman
Asia Argento ... Slack
Robert Joy ... Charlie
Eugene Clark ... Big Daddy
Joanne Boland ... Pretty Boy
Tony Nappo ... Foxy
Jennifer Baxter ... Number 9
Boyd Banks ... Butcher
Jasmin Geljo ... Tambourine Man
Maxwell McCabe-Lokos ... Mouse
Tony Munch ... Anchor
Shawn Roberts ... Mike
Pedro Miguel Arce ... Pillsbury
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Storyline

Now that zombies have taken over the world, the living have built a walled-in city to keep the dead out. But all's not well where it's most safe, as a revolution plans to overthrow the city leadership, and the zombies are turning into more advanced creatures. Written by Anonymous

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Rise of the Jombies See more »


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Rated R for pervasive strong violence and gore, language, brief sexuality and some drug use | See all certifications »

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Language:

English | Spanish | Italian | Polish | French

Release Date:

24 June 2005 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Dead Reckoning See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$15,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$10,221,705, 26 June 2005, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$20,700,082, 5 January 2006

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$26,070,520
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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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The shoulder holster in which Cholo carries his pistol is a Galco model called "The Executive". See more »

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When one of the military men attempts to throw a bomb his hand is cut off by a zombie. He falls to the ground, covering the bomb he was holding and gets blown up. When his body lands, his other hand falls off, revealing that it's a mannequin hand. See more »

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Kaufman: We do not negotiate with terrorists!
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The old mid-1930s Universal Pictures logo begins the film. See more »

Alternate Versions

The Unrated Director's Cut has a scene missing from the UK cinema release. Just before Cholo visits Kauffman for the final time he intervenes in a disturbance at Kauffman's neighbor's' house where we see that a man has hanged himself and his son tries to cut him down only to be bitten in the neck when his father reanimates as a zombie. Cholo destroys the zombie by bashing its head in while the distraught widow shrieks in the background. See more »

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a sad failure
13 November 2005 | by kleiner_fuchsSee all my reviews

There are films that had great potential but failed and it is so very obvious what went wrong that it's hard to believe that no one during production noticed it. "Lady Jane" (1986), "Lost in Space" (1998) and "Planet of the Apes" (2001) are some examples.

The potential of "Land of the Dead" lies solely in the fact that legendary filmmaker George A. Romero returned to the theme that made him famous. It is said that only after the success of modern zombie films like "28 Days later" and the "Dawn of the Dead"-Remake, Romero was given the money to make his own new zombie film. How ironic that he, who invented the modern zombie film, would now produce a film that is inferior to Zack Snyder's Remake of the Romero-directed "Dawn of the Dead".

FEAR is essential for any zombie movie. The feeling of "no way out". The foreboding that it will all be over soon. Hopelessness. Terror. Madness. If you know Romero's "Night of the living Dead", or its two sequels, you know the feeling.

"Land of the Dead" has no such thing. No one seems to be afraid. There is no sense of confinement. The guards of the city can drive around in their armored truck. When they do, there is no sense of terror to see that all of the country is now in the hand of the dead (just think back to the intense opening scenes of "Day of the Dead").

I know what you say know: Romero wanted it that way. He wanted to show how the remnants of human society got used to the zombies around them, oblivious to the threat. Still, it doesn't work. How can a horror film work when we never see horror and fear, REAL fear, on one of the actor's faces? To make it worse, there is no story in the film that would be exciting or interesting enough to make up for the lack of horror.

Due to the weak story, the acting is mediocre as well. For example, look at how Asia Argento is used, or mis-used, in the film. She is introduced by a scene where she fights against zombies in an arena. I said to myself: "I love Asia Argento. This is gonna be great!". In the next scene, Asia undresses, showing off her smart black bra. I thought: "This is even better!". Then... she puts on a chaste garment and, except for shooting a zombie now and then, does practically nothing for the rest of the film. What a waste of talent. Dennis Hopper, the other star of the cast, doesn't seem too excited about his part either. All he has to do is perform his usual bad guy routine. When given the chance, he can be one of the best actors ever (did you ever see Bruno Baretto's "Carried Away"?). Waste of talent.

And, by the way, I missed Tom Savini's unique special effects that contributed so much to the horror of Romero's "Dawn of the Dead" and "Day of the Dead".


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