295. Dawn of the Dead (2004)

Date First Watched: 21/06/2004
Date Last Watched: 23/03/2012
# Viewings: 4+

This is one of the few remakes that is actually good. Although it’s not as great as the original, it does what a remake should do; takes the concept and modernizes/changes it enough to work on a different level. Whereas the original film is more character based and slow and tense, this is an action film and is faster paced with more focus on the action. Usually I dislike action zombie films, but the pacing is quite good and it’s quite fun.

I did find it a bit overly dramatic this time around which annoyed me. I still remember when I first saw the trailer for it (basically Polley’s character waking up until the dude gets hit by the ambulance) and I thought it was actually a comedy thing and my brother and I were laughing until it said it was an actual movie. I found some of these serious moments a bit comical, although it also has a dark sense of humour.

Polley’s character is an interesting lead. She has very little depth to her and is hardly memorable, but is odd in that she’s a useful female. She’s there to drive the plot and be a likable and real person, rather than a sex object or some kind of ‘powerful woman’ figure. She just happens to be there. None of the characters are particularly deep or memorable, but they are all likable enough in a sense that you can easily follow their journey.

Some of the effects are a bit… not good, but are tolerable. I think the fast zombies thing works well here. I noticed the original focus on humans vs zombies for most of it with the climax being humans vs humans, and here it’s humans vs humans for most of it with the climax being humans vs zombies (in terms of action, not themes; the remake lacks the depth needed for it to really be a theme).

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