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Diary Of The Dead [Blu-ray]
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Zombie horror movie directed by George A. Romero. Film student Jason (Joshua Close) and his crew are shooting a mummy movie in the Pennsylvania woods when news reports begin pouring in about the dead rising from their graves. Cast member Ridley (Phillip Riccio) reacts to the news by abandoning the group and retreating to his family's fortified mansion halfway across the state, while the remaining cast and crew are forced to fight for their lives despite having no weapons and only an old Winnebago in which to seek shelter. The group soon realise that there is no escape from the plague of the living dead.
George A Romero continues his revival of his iconic zombie franchise with Diary Of The Dead, the fifth film in a series that kicked off back in 1968 with Night Of The Living Dead. And while his latest doesnt manage to match the heights of the earlier films, theres still something refreshing about watching a genuine master of the genre at work.
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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If you're looking for new or different ideas, you won't find them here. This film is strictly by the numbers, not explaining how the apocalypse commenced or what happens to the survivors in the end. There is a lot of driving around from place to place, killing zombies and being bitten by zombies but not much else (eg. not a lot of character background or development).
This is quite an old film now and it really shows, with the camera being the biggest thing you have ever seen, and the students posting video on a My Space page. But it is better made than many cheapie zombie films made now.
Watch it with suitable expectations.
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