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Horribly unworthy piggy-back on title,
This review is from: Night of the Living Dead: Resurrection [DVD] (DVD)
Romero should sue the film-makers for using his title for such a steaming heap of rubbish.
Briefly, there is a zombie outbreak in Wales and we eventually happen on a family holed up in a farmhouse. (It's an odd family casting - the mother looks about ten years older than her oldest daughter and the father looks old enough to be the mother's father).
From then on, the film lurches along, making no sense whatsoever. Some parts truly stood out as totally idiotic. One was the idea that a father desperate to save his family would decide that the normal-sized car is too small an escape vehicle because there's - er - FIVE of them. Hands up who wouldn't mind being a little personal-space-deprived as an alternative to being eaten alive? Another was that even though two members of the family have turned zombie and attacked the others, the mother decides she's going to let them out of their locked rooms because 'they don't deserve to be cooped up'! And then she acts all surprised when they immediately attack her. Then there's the idea that a group of kids are going to continue to attack a house even though the householder is armed with a great big shotgun and clearly isn't afraid to use it.
Last big red flag was the men who arrive at the end and even though they obviously know what is going on, they refuse to believe that the dead kids around were attacking the house! Eh? That part really made me want to throw something at the TV. For a start, the men in question hardly came across as the sentimental type - they are camouflaged, aggressive, clearly violent men who've just shot a turned kid themselves; how on earth do they come to the conclusion that two cowering women had no reason, in the middle of a zombie outbreak, to kill?
Add the daughter who reacts to relatives dying with as much grief as if she's broken a nail, and stupidity like the dad going out alone to fix the satellite instead of - ooh, let's think - someone coming along to cover him with the gun? - and mum and dad nagging the (grown, married, zombie-terrorized) daughter about biting her nails, and you truly wonder what group home this family has escaped from.
The whole film smacks of a writer wanting certain things to happen and being too lazy or untalented to make sure characters and situations support those set-pieces. I have to go back to the men at the end, where the writer clearly has no idea how to make the characters real. "You expect us to believe kids attacked you?" one of them says, in the midst of zombie anarchy. Eh? Even without the chaos of a zombie apocalypse, how is this so preposterous? It's as though they come from some la-la land where juvenile crime doesn't exist, but their very quasi-soldier, hard-men demeanour belies that idea. They kill a kid who's been turned, but are somehow outraged that the householders might have done the same (they've hardly inspected the bodies, so why would they presume the kids were not turned?). And then, after all this mourning of youthful victims, one of them delivers a particularly nasty last line that sets up a sick fate they have in mind for a young survivor. Just stupid. And, by the way, unnecessarily ugly.
A really bad film. The sound was terrible, too.