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1.0 out of 5 stars A joke, right?, 1 July 2008
This review is from: Diary Of The Dead - Single Disc Edition [DVD] (DVD)
I first heard about Romeros new handheld zombie flick after watching the British version, The Zombie Diaries. After quite a lot of hype and some good looking trailers I rented it. I can easily say Im a big Romero fan, but Land of the Dead wasnt that good and I didnt think Romero could make any worse.
How wrong I was
Everything thats wrong with zombie, and, in fact, all horror flicks are included here. Slow shuffling zombies and people standing around yelling, some pretty awful acting, and just all over the place. The fact that it is handheld doesnt make it worse. Cloverfield was a very good film because you related with the natural feel to the characters. But here, well here is another story. There is too much acting for a handheld, and what acting there is is simply pathetic. In particular the drunk, english war vet.
Some of the worst moments are when there are zombie attacks and the people are just standing there filming it. Not trying to help at all. Every character has their priorities in the wrong place. Jason, the main cameraman, passes up a chance to go with everyone else and stays to charge his camera, by himself, in a creepy hospital lobby.
Gore and action are ok. Zombies pretty freaky. The tension is built up well and there are a few jump out of the seat moments. However the use of music and voice overs make it worse because its a handheld. Clearly Romero has lost the plot. The way it was made was wrong for a handheld, but that aside, it wouldve been awful anyway.
Anyone, Romero fan or not, should avoid this. Every bad stereotype is here and its simply a laughing stock. Romeros prime has been and gone.
AVOID AT ALL COSTS
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Initial post: 26 Nov 2013 03:01:37 GMT
Last edited by the author on 26 Nov 2013 03:24:02 GMT
Matty S says:
The use of music and narration was added by the main female character as part of the story. She made a movie pieced together with all the footage that was captured, to which she alludes to near the beginning. She edited in the music and voiceover, and entitled the work 'The Death of Death'.(She also mentioned that the addition of music would create fear for the viewer). The essence is a movie within a movie. It was subtly dealt with, executed well and was not a poor deliberation by George to add these to 'the handheld theme'.
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