Thursday, August 7, 2008
Day of the Dead
Let's get this thing started...
We watched this movie at the very first Zombie Club. We were pretty excited about it. "If the remake of Dawn of the Dead was good, then the remake of Day of the Dead should be good, too." Right?
The original Day of the Dead was relatively boring...but so was the original Dawn of the Dead. We had high hopes for this movie.
Those hopes were set, it seems, a little too high.
Let's start out with the cast.
It starred Mena Suvari as a member of the army (I don't remember her position, and I don't really care to). Her job was to make sure the zombie outbreak didn't get out of the little po-dunk town that this movie was set in. As it so happens, it was her hometown, so you can just imagine the loads of hilarious jokes that came as a result of this.
Nick Cannon played the overly stereotypical black guy. He was also in the army, and his name was Salazar.
Ving Rhames was the army captain in charge of this rag-tag group.
There were some other characters (the horny brother and his quasi-hot girlfriend, the geeky love interest, the mother, the jackass who started it all, etc.), but most of them were too boring to even talk about.
Were there some good scenes? Yes. For instance, some high school kid went home to find that his mother (or someone) had eaten the rest of his family. There was a pretty wicked ending scene, involving a big explosion and a super-zombie (I won't give anything away, but I will say that the reasoning behind the super-zombie was inplausible at best and murderously retarded at worst).
There was also a scene in which a fat man turned into a zombie and attacked the quasi-hot girl in a radio station. You can see it coming from a mile away, but it still was one of the more entertaining parts of the movie.
A big flaw in this movie was the zombies. According to "The Zombie Survival Guide", zombies are slow by nature. Since they are the undead, they do not possess any supernatural powers. Try telling that to these zombies, who could run faster than the average man. Oh yeah...they could also climb on walls and ceilings and whatnot.
Last but not least, this movie had absolutely nothing to do with the original Day of the Dead. Here were the similiarities: it was called Day of the Dead. It had zombies. There was one zombie that had some memories of his pre-zombie life.
Did a zombie learn to shoot a gun? No...at least, not that I remember. And that was the best part of the original.
It was not a good movie. In fact, I can't recommend this movie at all. The dialogue was terrible, and the acting was worse. As I said, the original Day of the Dead was not a great movie by any stretch of the imagination...but it was still better than this one by a long shot.
Also, I'm not sure, but I don't think Romero had anything to do with this "remake".
Zombies on the ceiling!!!