Dawn of the Dead (2004) Review
Written by: TERRORWATCH
Dawn of the dead 2004 was always going to be up against its old original movie in 1978,everyone thought it would be near as good, they was wrong. Directed by Zack Snyder he remade the classic movie with the help of a big cast of known faces and allot of zombies. The movie is about a group of survivors hiding out in a shopping mall while the plague of flesh eating zombies try to get in and have them for dinner. The movie was brought toour cinemas in 2004 and blew us away while we watched some very terrifying on screen stuff. The advertising in the movie was big, everyone knows the all time fave horror movie Dawn of the dead (1978) and everyone became obsessed to see if the new one could stand up to the original daddy of horror movies.
The serious movie created the perfect back drop to let the actors do the best they could in looking scared helpless and eaten alive. The movie was fair to say a whole mess, it looked so scary so the movie already had its main feature to let the actors do a good job that they did. The movie stars, Sarah Polley, Ving Rhames, Mekhi Phifer, Michael Barry, Lindy Booth. For me Sarah Polley gave the best performance of the movie, scenes were she was breaking down was excellent and very emotional but when shes back to fighting zombies its a very good performance still. The girl did well in the movie and always had a real look to her and maybe when her acting wasn't the best she had the look of fright that was always on her face on screen. The other actors like the big Ving Rhames were also good, very excitable and very rough and ready, but hes in most movies, he just got boring. All the rest of the cast were standard really, allot of main characters took the stage and allot of action and gore made the movie the less emotional side, more of a up hype gore fest.
The gore and horror in the movie was one of the best I've seen, zombies, blood, guts and flaky skin. The movies zombies are excellent and very real looking. The s.e make up effects team did a great job and on the DVD extras they tell you information about it. Its clear to the see that the s.e on the movie was taken seriously and really does show that the more effort the better outcome. The zombies had 3 stages which was a bonus because for the first time this is the only time I've noticed the 3 stages the zombies go through as the slaughter in the 1 hr 40 min movie plays.
First, just fresh cut up zombies that just looked like they come out of the hospital, 2nd very dis coloured and ratty, 3rd completely rotting and falling to bits. The zombies were great and not at all a let down, better than the original zombies of 1978 when they only had blue faces! The blood and gore rocked, allot of it spread all over t shirts, walls and everything you can think of, it was a great treat to see so much gore and though CGI was used it was sort of pushed back and more horror fans love of makeup was brought to the front. Also in the movie is allot of great s.e shots, as the DVD extra shows, the 3 main head shots types they use in the movie and they were very excellent and in the end movie it did make the difference. Great scenes include, the stick through the head, The zombie baby kill, Fatty and the spike and Mr chainsaw, all these blew me away and were a pleasure to watch.
Cheap creepy sound effects and scares made the effects for the movie, Very little music except for the regular background action score which sounds very unoriginal. The movie does creep you out and actually is very scary, it ain't just a normal horror movie, it actually will make you cringe and hide at parts. Zack the director really makes the movie simple and sharp, he hasn't gone for complicated things hes just shot normal and sharp, nothing needed to be special and theres nothing lost with his easy shooting.
This movie as a whole was very good and I enjoyed it allot. Buy the new DVD thats just out, but make sure you get the uncut version for all the extra great scenes. This movie has gore, drama, action and some great CGI, its everyone fave horror movie remade and the 2004's version isn't anything but great. Be warned this movie is scary and will scare so if you have any kiddies running around put them straight to bed, close the curtains, turn the lights down, turn the sound to the max and enjoy.