Dawn of the Dead (2004)

Dawn of the Dead (2004)

Dawn of the Dead (2004)

Remake of George A. Romero’s 1978 horror masterpiece that sees a small band of survivors barricade themselves in a shopping mall during the zombie apocalypse. The feature debut of Zack Snyder, who would go on to direct comic book blockbusters 300Watchmen and Man of Steel.

Waking up next to her husband in a seemingly normal morning, Ana (Sarah Polley) is quickly introduced to a world thrown into chaos, witnessing the devastation first-hand when her beloved transforms into a crazed flesh-eater. Narrowly escaping her torn neighbourhood, Ana happens upon a cop (Ving Rhames) and other survivors. Together, they fortify themselves inside a mall, building a small community inside the complex for months on end as the outside world surrenders to the living dead.

The script was co-written by James Gunn, who would later go on to write and direct Marvel mega-hit Guardians of the Galaxy. He also wrote and directed 2010’s humble hit Super, which you should also see.

2004Rating: MA15+, High level violence, horror theme109 minsUSA
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Variety

Variety

More palatable than "Texas," Dawn also seems even less necessary, given how effectively the original was reworked last year in Danny Boyle's "28 Days Later."

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Roger Ebert

Roger Ebert

My only complaint is that its plot flatlines compared to the 1979 version, which was trickier, wittier and smarter.

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Entertainment Weekly

Entertainment Weekly

Don't leave before the final frame -- if you're still breathing.

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Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

A welcome surprise, containing more bona fide scares than Romero's vision, while paying grand lip service to the old master. Truly worthy of that famous title.

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