Land of the Dead Review
Written by: RyHo Magnifico
Romero has done it again. This movie has everything that was in the other films. I always like to think that Romero went into these films with a "damned if you do, damned if you don't" kinda mentality. In this one I realized what it really is. "Don't bother getting comfortable."
In this installment (I still hope this isn't the last) we have what's left of the people of the world, well America at least, having found a way to protect themselves from the zombie threat. Not only did they keep up with the simple barricade idea, but they even found a way to strut about at night using fireworks to catch the brain-dead zombies attention. Good stuff. Oh wait, not so fast.
Just when you thought it was safe to go out your front door, BOOM, one of the zombies forces the few brain cells he has to rub together, and all hell breaks loose.
Not only did George find a cool way to keep the zombie stories fresh, he always drew up some really great characters. There's the slow-witted Charlie, played by Canadian boy, Robert Joy (who's been running around the set of CSI:NY as an M.E. last I saw) who is a crackshot with a rifle and Cholo, played by John Leguizamo, who is just a bad ass. Top it off with Asia Argento as Slack (DAMN she is hot) and the main man, Riley, Australian thesp Simon Baker, and you have a cast that you can enjoy and be happy with. Oh wait, did I fail to mention DENNIS FUCKING HOPPER? He is such a bastard in this movie, and it is great. He also has some of killer lines. I mean, yeah, he was Koopa in The Mario Brothers with Johnny Leg-wiz as Luigi, but we can still enjoy them, right? Am I right?
Also, Romero has done a great job again out of creating characters from mindless, drooling, bloody corpses. There's the brains of the operation, a gas attendent with a machine gun, a highschool music teacher, Number 9, the former cheerleader, and a host of other zombies that really stand out. I think it's really cool how you can make a memorable enough character from someone who does nothing but moan and secrete fluids all over the place. Well, at least if it's not porn that is.
Main thing you have to know about this movie before you go in. GORE. Hold on to your shitters, this has got TONS of it. The term "uncut" has never been more true. I've seen worse gore before, we all have. It's just when you see like 10 zombies munching down on some guy and tearing him to itty bitty pieces, man. It's just down right raunchy.
All that being said, this movie is a really good way to round off the series, if that be the case. If not, it opens up a window to a whole new type of zombie movie. Zombies with guns, mofos. I have to give this movie and 8 out of 10 and I think if you guys snag it, you will all agree, it is going to be an instant classic.