This review is about the 2004 remake of Dawn of Dead by director Zack Snyder, not the original George A. Romero movie. There are zombies and some survivors take refuge in a shopping mall. The similarities between the two movies end there really. You might want to read that review before (or after) you read the Dawn of the Dead (2004) Review.
I have to admit that I prefer this movie to the original Dawn of the Dead but I think that if George A. Romero had made Dawn of the Dead in 2004 rather than 1978, it would have been much better too. While in the original movie there were long periods where there was no real action, in this movie we never get the chance to relax. There is an almost non-stop feeling of danger.
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The movie starts off by introducing us to the main character, Ana Clark (played by Sarah Polley), an over-worked under-appreciated nurse. Five minutes into the movie her boyfriend is dead and she’s climbing out the bathroom window to escape from a super fast and aggressive zombie that just minutes before was a cute child and her neighbor. Minutes later we know the whole city has turned to shit and she needs to get somewhere safe.
Along the way she tags up with a few strangers and they decide to hit the mall for a spot of self-preservation. The movie is set mostly in the mall with tension created by the different groups as well as zombies both inside and outside the mall. And of course, when they realize that the bitten turn into zombies, there is a dilemma about what to do with them.
The zombies in Dawn of the Dead are fast and strong. Yes, they are running zombies. But they are more like the rage-infected zombies from 28 Days Later than the ridiculous wall-climbing super-zombies from 2008’s Day of the Dead. Even with weapons, they are tough to defeat so chances of surviving an attack by a zombie horde are slim to none. And it will also be difficult to leave the mall which of course is something they will eventually have to do.
There are quite a few characters and a lot of death. The more characters you have in a zombie movie, the bigger the potential for death, of course.
The zombie make-up is quite good. They have just turned so there is no need for rotting flesh but eventually, their skin changes color and their eyes become weird. They usually have some blood from their victims on their face. They are pretty scary.
Dawn of the Dead is a pretty good movie with lots of action. The acting is good and the zombie make-up is awesome. I think it’s better than the original by George A. Romero but the original was groundbreaking and this would never have happened without it.
On a side note, I found it interesting that Ving Rhames was also one of the stars of the 2008 remake of Day of the Dead which I don’t think was as good as the original.
We don’t know how it started but if you get bitten you’ll die and come back very soon as a zombie.
How to kill the zombies
A bullet or a strong blow to the head.
They call zombies who have taken one to many hits to the head and don’t have any purpose left, twitchers because they are twitching. Zombies are mostly referred to as those things.