'Dawn Of The Dead'
(Ving Rhames, Sarah Polley, Mekhi Phifer / R / 93 mins / Universal)
Overview: In this remake of horror classic 'Dawn of the Dead', a mysterious plague causes the newly dead to rise from their graves and begin to eat the living in this horror remake, starring Ving Rhames and Sarah Polley. During the ruckus caused by all the zombies walking about, a group of humans takes refuge in a shopping mall.
Verdict: In this big budget Hollywood remake of George Romero's classic original (which was itself a sequel to 'Night of the Living Dead') a nasty plague decimates the world's population and a group of survivors (Sarah Polley, Ving Rhames, Mekhi Phifer, et al) takes refuge in a suburban shopping mall. Polley, seen most frequently in indie and art-house films, makes her first foray into schlocky horror and does a semi-decent (if not harried) job! Rhames never blinks, never smiles and never utters anything more interesting than the obvious, and Phifer is still suffering post-'8 Mile' role depression! Under the direction of first-time feature helmer Zack Snyder, this 'Dawn of the Dead' remake follows the simplistic rules-of-the-genre to a tee and never derails no matter how much money has been invested. Mind you, Danny Boyle's recent low-budget '28 Days Later' did pretty well at the box office which goes to show audiences still hunger for the sight of rotting flesh! The original 'Dawn of the Dead' is cinematic history and for sure one of the classics of the zombie movie genre. This new re-telling isn't cinematic history, but then again, it never set out to be that, now did it! (FYI - If you leave the theatre just as the credits begin to role you're gonna miss the ACTUAL real ending of this zombie tale .. you have ALL been warned!)
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