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Land of the Dead (Unrated Edition) (2005)

Horror movie directed by George A. Romero

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The fourth 'Dead film from George A. Romero.

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Land of the Dead is the fourth film in the "Dead" series. Taking place around the time of the third film, many of the living humans have taken refuge inside a walled city. The city's guardian is an armor plated land moving called "Dead Reckoning". Inside the city the people are divided by "The Haves" (led by Dennis Hopper who over sees the on goings of the civilians and live inside a giant glass tower) "The Have nots" are the people who live outside the tower and make it possible for those inside to maintain the life style they have. The movie follows Riley (Simon Baker) who is one of the scavengers that go out in the night and forage for supplies (food and medicine). Cholo (John Leguizamo) is a scavenger who wants to live in the glass tower. He does whats asked of him and more. When he's denied that privilege, Cholo and his buddies hijack Dead Reckoning and threaten to blow up the tower. Meanwhile Riley just wants to get in a vehicle and leave the city for Canada, But those plans are scrapped when he gets into a fracas whilst trying to save Slack (Asia Argento). Riley, Slack and Riley's friend Charlie are locked up in jail cells. But Cholo is running around in D.R. blackmailing Kaufman for a large sum of money (where's he going to spend it I have no idea). Desperate, Kaufman makes a deal with Riley; bring back D.R. and Cholo and he can leave the city.
There's a big problem making matters worse. A zombie nicknamed "Big Daddy" is organizing all of the living dead. They want one thing. Destroy the tower and Kaufman. Along the way to the walled city, Big Daddy gathers more and more zombies forming a massive zombie army. Kaufman doesn't trust Riley so he has three soldiers follow him (possibly betray him as well). Riley eventually recaptures Dead Reckoning but him and Cholo realize that the same factors that protect the walled city can also make it a huge mausoleum. Instead of fleeing, Riley and the others make a break for the city as Big Daddy and Company barge through. A bloody massacre ensues. The people inside the Glass Tower are so oblivious to life on the outside living in total denial. Reality comes crash down of them when Big Daddy and his motley crew of undead riff-raff bringing them misery and sorrow. Kaufman makes a run for it with his manservant. Big Daddy singles him out and makes a bee line for him. His manservant ditches Kaufman leaving him to face his maker alone. Cholo also has some payback he wants to give to him personally as well. Riley arrives to the city a sees the mess that the zombies have made. He decides to leave north with Dead Reckoning when he learns that the survivors will pick up the pieces and just have to face the reality that their are far too many zombies out there and in order to survive they're going to have to learn to live with them. Satisfied; Riley, Slack, Charlie and the Dead Reckoning crew head off north in search of a place where there are no zombies and people like Kaufman who are trying to hang on to a society that is as dead as the dinosaurs.
Years in the making have finally paid off for George A.. Romero. His return to the mainstream and his first zombie movie in twenty years is well worth the wait.

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review by . May 28, 2011
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*** out of ****     The effectiveness of a zombie movie depends purely on what you do with the zombies. The undead can roam the streets, feed on flesh, but so what? Are they merely there to moan, get shot, and die, or are they there for, perhaps, something more? I think George A. Romero, king of the zombies, knows the answer to that question. He also knows how to make a good zombie film; and he's always been good at doing so. What I enjoy about Romero's films is that they act …
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George A. Romero enters with yet another installment in his banal and grossly visual zombie flicks and hopefully this will be the last of them. Obviously there is an appreciative audience who enjoys watching partially decomposed bodies stomp around and grunt and eat body parts of the living because a lot of people write positively about this film.    For this viewer the 'parody' eludes. LAND OF THE DEAD is simply a dark, grotesque, poorly written, hastily thrown together bit …
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I have rented out this movie last week..........thank god. The gore level is the highest I've encountered in some time and at the risk of offending the Fangoria subscribers, which are legion, is gratuitous beyond words. It's not that I was either offended or disgusted by anything I saw, but I was, however, taken aback by the excessiveness of it all. The clever dismemberment quotient was taken to an all time high, with everything from spring board heads tethered to the body by a strand of flesh, …
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Bolstered by the success of28 Days Later, Shaun of the Dead, theResident Evilmovies and the hit remake of his ownDawn of the Dead, George A. Romero returns to the horror subgenre he invented withLand of the Dead. The fourth installment in Romero's zombie cycle (and the first since 1985'sDay of the Dead) presents a logical progression of events since 1968's horror classicNight of the Living Dead: Zombies(also known as "stenches" for their rotting odor) are the dominant population, and they've begun to show signs of undead intelligence and gathering power. The wealthiest survivors live comfortably in a luxury high-rise within a barricaded safe zone, ignoring the horrors of the outside world while armed scavengers stage raids in the zombie-zone to gather much-needed food and supplies. Simon Baker and John Leguizamo play mercenaries-for-hire; Dennis Hopper is their nefarious boss; and horror favorite Asia Argento (daughter ofSuspiria


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Director: George A. Romero
Screen Writer: George A. Romero
DVD Release Date: October 18, 2005
Runtime: 93 minutes
Studio: Universal Studios
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