Land of the Dead (2005)

Posted: February 24, 2013 in Movie Review
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Land of the Dead

Directed By: George A Romero

Starring: Simon Baker, John Leguizamo, Dennis Hopper, Asia Argento, Robert Joy, Eugene Clark

Subgenre: Zombies, Post-Apocalyptic

Synopsis: Years after the zombie outbreak, survivors attempt to recreate society in a guarded city.

Thoughts: It’s hard to imagine a more highly anticipated release in George Romero’s career than Land of the Dead.  His “original” Dead trilogy (Night, Dawn, Day) were already revered by horror fans and the expectations for his 4th installment were insanely high.

For his latest zombie outbreak, Romero had studio backing, something he did not have before.  This led to some bigger names being cast for major roles, including Simon Baker, John Leguizamo and Dennis Hopper.  While the acting wasn’t bad by any means, I thought it was far from great.  Hopper just didn’t seem to have the same unhinged performance he usually does, even though it seems as if his character was written that way.  Romero also cast Asia Argento, daughter of Dario Argento, in a major role.  Simon Pegg and Nick Frost also star as zombies in one of my favorite cameos ever.

Land of the Dead was also the first zombie movie in which George Romero leaned heavily on the use of CGI to augment the practical effects.  While this decision was a very divisive one for fans, I thought it was well used in Land of the Dead, but I can’t say the same thing for later installments. 

Romero also furthered the idea that zombies can learn and revert back to some segment of their prior lives.  This was something else that naysayers of the movie pointed out as a weakness, even though we had seen the same philosophy presented in both Dawn and Day of the Dead. 

I have to admit that I was swayed by some of the negative opinions about Land of the Dead when it was released, but since then, I have come to really like this movie.  I do think it is a step below Romero’s original Dead movies, but not by too much. 

  1. CMrok93 says:

    Good review. It’s not one of Romero’s best, but it’s one of his most entertaining and a flick that shows that the guy loves zombies, just as much as he loves killing them.

  2. shnsjolin says:

    He’s really embraced his role as an icon in the zombie world, which is very cool.

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