DAWN OF THE DEAD (2004 U.S.) D: ZACK SNYDER W: JAMES GUNN P: MARC ABRAHAM/ERIC NEWMAN/RICHARD P. RUBINSTEIN
Surprisingly good, dynamic remake from a first-time feature director and the screenwriter of SCOOBY-DOO. A larger group of more diverse characters hole up in a mall this time after the plague of the living dead spreads. The major difference (which many purists did not care for) is that these zombies can run! This makes for a more immediate, fast-paced threat that keeps the adrenalin pumping throughout. Fans of the original missed Romero`s satirical elements, but for all-action thrills i have to admit this is more relevant to a modern audience. But let`s not quibble, both are great and a double-bill would be a blast. With Sarah Polley, Ving Rhames, Mekhi Phifer, Jake Weber, Ty Burrell, Michael Kelly, Lindy Booth, Jayne Eastwood, Kevin Zegers, Boyd Banks, Matt Frewer, R.D. Reid, Kim Poirier, Justin Louis, Hannah Lochner, Kim Roberts, Tim Post, Dan Duran and cameos from original cast members Reiniger, Savini and Foree. It was filmed in Canada. Cut for theatres, this review refers to a mildly different Director`s Cut on DVD. It`s success led to a remake of DAY OF THE DEAD.

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