In 2004 Zack Snyder released his remake of Dawn of the Dead onto the world. It was realistic and had human characters which the audience could relate to. The beauty of the plot was that the virus came out of nowhere with no explanation. And that’s the beauty of it.
After the flurry of superhero movies such as Spiderman and The Hulk bringing back the zombie apocalypse to the masses was dearly needed after the terrible second resident evil film with Milla Jovovich. It was refreshing to see a bunch of people living in the last place you would hide out in a mall.
The opening of the film is fantastic, seeing Sarah Polley’s character Ana being chased out her home by her husband and daughter. They have been turned by the virus into flesh eating zombies. It’s both surreal and realistic because of the grounded approach Snyder used with the plot. Using the original script from George A Romero, he used the base concept and then added a 21st-century twist on it with the technology we have in today society.
The contemporary look and feel of the film is warm and also very scary. Outside the mall, their are various zombies who have gathered for flesh, as the living inside has dashed outside all the dead humans who were bitten by the zombies inside. There are thousands all scurrying around for flesh.
The action is nonstop, kinetic and furious. The action once is begun doesn’t stop until someone dies and usually, it’s a gruesome death for certain characters. The main star is the setting of which the world the characters are living, it feels like hell has been filled up and the dead now walk the earth. Some of the actors from the original have cameo roles in the film such as Ken Foree, Tom Savini and Scott Reiniger. It’s a lovely touch that Snyder has asked them to return, and shows that he did care the source material early in his directorial career (I am looking at you Batman Vs Superman).
Overall a fantastic remake, of which the action doesn’t stop. It’s energetic, action-oriented and the story isn’t half bad considering the film mainly takes place inside of a mall.
Should you watch it: YES