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Dawn of the Dead (2004)

by

Jeff Nelson

It's entertaining, fast-paced, and never loses its steam from start to finish.

Dawn of the Dead (2004)
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Waves of horror remakes are hitting theaters. Most of these re-imaginings are terrible. They don't convey the same atmosphere that the originals did. The purpose of a remake is to modernize the original. However, Dawn of the Dead (2004) puts nearly every horror remake to shame.

A nurse, a policeman, a young married couple, a salesman, and other survivors of the flesh-eating zombies take refuge in a mega Midwestern shopping mall. The story hasn't changed from the original, but there are more characters. This film is much faster paced than the original offering little to no time to relax your nerves. This remake takes the original and twists the plot points later in and pulls a lot more messed up scenarios. These are best left as surprises.

When someone thinks of zombie films, good acting isn't usually thought of. Sarah Polley and Ty Burrell will make you change your mind. Sarah Polley does a good job as the nurse and is the perfect fit for her character. Ty Burrell has been in a lot of great things, so it surprised me to see him in this. He does a great job as Steve, who gives the audience comic relief and is a selfish character throughout. Everyone in the cast pulls through and it shows that zombie films can have some decent acting.

Remakes don't just modernize the dialogue and story, but also the FX. They aren't one bit disappointing in this one. The zombies are more gruesome and each time a zombie is killed, we get to see a great amount of gore spread across the screen. There are explosions, guns, and a lot of action. The camera work is OK and is never difficult to see what's going on, even with the chaos occurring.

It's not difficult to say that Dawn of the Dead (2004) is much better than most zombie garbage to hit the shelves recently. It's entertaining, fast-paced, and never loses its steam from start to finish. Dawn of the Dead (2004) is highly recommended to all zombie fans.

My Rating = Four Stars

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