Dawn of the Dead

Dawn of the Dead

Zack Snyder (2004)

95min
18 Certificate
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Review

Our Score
This remake of George A Romero's 1978 zombie horror from director Zack Snyder is an efficient exercise in recycling, right down to the slogan: "When there's no more room in hell, the dead will walk the Earth." Romero's original screenplay also acts as the flesh and bones for James Gunn's updated script, in which a group of survivors, including a nurse (Sarah Polley) and a police officer (Ving Rhames), finds refuge from a plague of zombies in a shopping precinct. The morbid mob is never far behind, though, prompting the pair to make plans to reach an island free from the undead hordes. Like The Texas Chainsaw Massacre before it, this is another gruesome but entertaining big-budget take on a 1970s horror classic. But Snyder's film lacks the satirical edge that gave Romero's original so much more bite.

Summary

A mysterious plague turns infected people into savage flesh-eating zombies. As civilisation is overrun, a small band of survivors, including a police officer, a nurse, a petty crook and his pregnant girlfriend, find shelter in a shopping mall - but as supplies grow scarcer and the walking dead surround the building, they face a battle for their lives. Horror remake, starring Ving Rhames, Sarah Polley and Mekhi Phifer.

Cast & Crew

Ana Sarah Polley
Kenneth Ving Rhames
Andre Mekhi Phifer
Michael Jake Weber
Steve Ty Burrell
CJ Michael Kelly
Terry Kevin Zegers
Bart Michael Barry
The General Scott Reiniger
County sheriff Tom Savini
TV evangelist Ken Foree
Director Zack Snyder
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: EntertainmentGuidance: Violence and swearing.Available on: video and DVD
Drama