Land of the Dead Review
Written by: jesset
Before we go any further with reviewing the film lets take one thing into consideration. Romero had to work with the producers and studio in order to release this. Which equals new territory for George. Meaning, his ideas and visions are watered down quite heavely by the producers of the studio.
After the world is exposed to an abrubt apocalypse where dead rule the earth, what can humans do? Well Land of the Dead accuratley shows you what happens. We see that humans band together, there is a rich and privilged minority, and poor majority, a very, very common human government format, one that even relates to us today.
History will speak again, as talks of rebellion are growing, and greed sets in. The plot for Land of The Dead is driven by the human instinct of greed, and we have a wonderful foundation for an action packed, classic, and re-watchable film. *with zombies*
The pacing is just watchable, however it was necessary, and allowed the story's depth to shine through and build up a strong panel of characters. That being said, it is much much faster paced than "day of the dead", so don't worry.
One of the things that make this movie so great, and all of the other romero films put together, is the way George accuratley displays what would most likely happen if our world was ruled by zombies. The zombies learn and acquire new things, the humans become very restricted and human instincts are played out such as greed, and survival tactics. Romero also has a skill for building up characters, or telling stories that have depth and allow the imagination to wander.
Amidst the producers power and gore being chopped down to a theater cut, Romero somehow sneaks his magic touch into the film. However, you can't really tell that romero directed this untill the last 2 quarters of the film when the mayhem breaks loose. (however this isn't his fault) Little details like (a spine being ripped out of someones back), or the remote and desolate way the film takes place, somehow lets the viewer know in a goodway that they are watching a veteran horror master at work after a deep slumber. That being said, this film is far better than "day of the dead" yet will never ever beat the first film or the second film at all.
There is several consistancy that this film carries that are romero trade marks. The zombies, and the way the movie opened up was very eerie and creepy (then kinda slagged down..), anyways, and his characters have depth and seem very real. Even the ones that die first, they have personalitys, and seem, well, real. The way zombies kill people or eat them, is also a great consistancy of the Romero legacy.
All in all, this film is definatly worth seeing, and yes it is worth owning and adding to the collection. Thumbs up to Romero for doing the best he could amongst those bitter producers.