Following an ever-growing epidemic of zombies that have risen from the dead, two Philadelphia S.W.A.T. team members, a traffic reporter, and his television executive girlfriend seek refuge in a secluded shopping mall.
Six months after the rage virus was inflicted on the population of Great Britain, the US Army helps to secure a small area of London for the survivors to repopulate and start again. But not everything goes according to plan.
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
Susan Wloszczyna, a reporter for USA Today, appeared as one of the zombies. She was there interviewing her fellow zombies, as well as the director. She spent nearly an hour and forty-five minutes in the make-up chair. See more »
When Riley makes a run for "Dead Reckoning" after lowering the
drawbridge, he is clearly aiming far left of the first zombie he "shoots". See more »
[as Cholo approaches from the shadows]
Fucking Spic bastard!
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The old mid-1930s Universal Pictures logo begins the film. See more »
Available in an uncut and unrated version on dvd, restoring both gore and dialogue cut from the theatrical version. See more »
Terrific sets and zombies, so maybe the routine plot and cast doesn't matter
Land of the Dead (2005)
There are a lot of zombie movies out there, but for some reason it's director (and often writer-producer) George Romero who makes the classic best ones in our era. He has some nice touch when it comes to leading characters and how to create underdogs. And there is a slightly ominous darkness that belies what is also high camp and formula Hollywood. It works here, for sure.
The premise however is not new. Zombies are everywhere (and very well done). An enclave of humans is holed up in a high rise on an island. Things are pretty bleak even for them, however, since they have no real escape, and they have to push back the oncoming walking dead every night.
But of course there are the rough-it idiosyncratic heroes who drive crazy vehicles and go on rampages through zombie turf foraging for food and liquor and killing a few poor soul-less bodies on the way. (I'm not making light here--this is what zombie movies do, isn't it?) And who holds the movie up at all, in terms of plot and character, is the shifting allegiances of these loose cannons.
I knew Simon Baker from the television series "The Guardian," as well as his current "The Mentalist." And he's not a great fit here, because what he's good at is brooding and outsmarting, not action adventure shooting zombies. But he's the leading man overall, the "good guy" if there is such a thing in this reality. The "bad guy" if only because he's selfish and rich is played by Dennis Hopper, and he's nothing brilliant either, though both Baker and Hopper hold up their ends well enough for the larger plot to unfold.
And in a way, it's the encounters between people and zombies, over and over, that make the movie propel. It's so beautifully rendered--the sets, the costumes and make-up, the lighting and photography--you just want to watch it all happen, no matter what happens.
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