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This time around then, Diary Of The Dead heads a little back to basics, with a film that follows a group of amateur filmmakers who find themselves under siege from zombies, allowing the legendary director to take some less-than-subtle swipes at the YouTube generation. Sadly, his cast dont help him very much, ringing in primarily forgettable performances, and this certainly nullifies some of the points that Romero tries to make.
Yet when it comes to the zombie action, theres no number youd call faster than Romeros, and heres where the great man delivers. Diary Of The Dead does work along the law of diminishing returns, and is the weakest of the series, but its not without a general collection of skilful moments that fans of the genre won't want to miss.
Diary Of The Dead isnt a film that you need to have seen the others before it to appreciate, but it is a primarily quite ordinary film from an often-extraordinary director. That said, it still easily eclipses the army of imitators of recent times (the splendid zombie romantic comedy Shaun Of The Dead excepted, of course), and has more than enough horror to fill an empty night. --Jon Foster
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