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Day of the Dead (2008)

Horror movie directed by Steve Miner

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Travesty to see one of Romero's classic titles treated in this manner

  • May 21, 2008
Rating:
-3
I honestly don't want to waste my time with this but I too have watched this film. I do enjoy George Romero zombie flicks and after watching this I thought this was a joke. More disappointed actually cause all I got was some rookie director coming up with a 'remake' of one of the master's well known title and jacking it all up. A rookie in the sense of trying to capture the dark, gritty, viciousness of the zombie epidemic as envisioned by Romero in his earlier films. Steve Miner has directed episodes of Dawson's Creek, (which explains some of this film's truly boring dialog and Ken and Barbie type characters) and Smallville (which has effectively turned Superman into a soap opera).What Miner has done here is show us that he can capture all of the plot lines, and zombie behavior previously shown in a dozen zombie flicks, put Mena Suvari (of American Beauty) in the lead and make a horrible horror movie.

While this film might appeal to young folks who don't understand the art as developed by Romero, those who do will undoubtedly turn away from this one after the first half hour. It only takes that long to get an idea of the poor characters. Suvari plays an army Corporal (who carries a gun with no bullets. Why even pull it out?) Ving Rhames has a small part, perhaps wise enough to not stick around. Suvari's character is remarkably calm in the face of danger despite her seemingly bad decision making. The rest of the cast are like refugees from a Dawson's Creek episode. Nick Cannon (Mariah Cary's husband) plays the part of the bad a.., machismo Army Private, and while not giving a particularly good performance, due in part to the horrible script, Cannon does manage to bring some charisma and toughness to the character.

The zombies seem to do extraordinary things one moment (like crawl on ceilings and run real fast-like the Dawn of the Dead remake), but when it comes to attacking the lead actors they seem inept. This picture doesn't do any justice to the zombie film genre. It ranks down there with the very low budget. The title was used to possibly draw attention to it's existence, nothing more.

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review by . March 27, 2011
A very unnecessary remake and not worth your time.
Day of the Dead was a lousy cash in on the success of the Dawn of the Dead remake. The problem was that not only did they have to reshoot the entire movie and wasted more than a year on the project, the movie is terrible. I thought that a straight remake of the original version would be very interesting when I heard that Ving Rhames was in the movie as Captain Rhodes. Not only is his character different, but he's barely in the movie. Another thing that kills the movie is the super athletic zombies. …
review by . April 08, 2008
I get it. I get that they are expanding on the original Day of the Dead (Divimax Special Edition) concept: that zombies can learn, and maybe even retain a little of themselves (which is actually a George A. Romero's Land of the Dead (Unrated Director's Cut)theme). But, in this movie they were damn right smart! They knew how to climb stairs, use instruments, guns, avoid obstacles and a variety of other things. Plus, they were uber zombies! Zombies on steroids, or speeds or both! I like the idea of …
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Nick Cannon, Mena Suvari and Ving Rhames star in this horror film based on the George A. Romero classic zombie film. A mysterious virus has infected the small town of Leadville, Colorado, and the military is brought in to enforce a quarantine and stop the spread of the disease. As people perish, survivors realize that the virus is creating the walking dead who crave human flesh. Only a small number of people are immune to the virus, and those few survivors must battle to fend off the infected zombies while trying to make it out of town alive.
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Director: Steve Miner
DVD Release Date: April 8, 2008
Runtime: 86 minutes
Studio: First Look Pictures
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