Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.5.
Canada/France/USA, 2005. Universal Pictures, Atmosphere Entertainment MM, Romero-Grunwald Productions, Wild Bunch, Rangerkim, Ontario Media Development Corporation, Exception Wild Bunch. Screenplay by George A. Romero. Cinematography by Miroslaw Baszak. Produced by Mark Canton, Bernie Goldmann, Peter Grunwald. Music by Reinhold Heil, Johnny Klimek. Production Design by Arvinder Grewal. Costume Design by Alex Kavanagh. Film Editing by Michael Doherty.
George Romero’s later zombie film is not that much more interesting than the uninspired remake of Dawn Of The Dead that was produced a year earlier, but it is nice to still have the original master telling his stories and not an imitator. Trouble is, the plot is hardly any different than Dawn was and the social allegory he often aims for (in this case, class) is not really all that subtle or interesting. Survivors of a plague that turns humans into the flesh-eating undead struggle to stay alive and make their way to the last safe city in America, a haven ruled over by a selfish corporate suit (Dennis Hopper) and protected by monster-proof rivers. Zombie-killing team leader Simon Baker tries to lead his friends to safety, while social-climbing guerrero John Leguizamo tries to pave his path to financial success, not realizing that the Man has no desire to help him move up in the ranks. Lots of gooey flesh and gory effects, but the characters are all thin stereotypes and the overall effect is boring.