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Not really a re-make
on 22 September 2004
This film bears more resemblance to '28 days later' than Romero's film. The zombies are virtually identical to 'the infected' in terms of their frenetic and impatient aggression unlike Romero's clumsy but persistant monsters. The high speed shutter work is also more than a little similar.
The characters are fairly shallow - especially the women who, apart from our heroine, fall into the freudian stereotypes of the virgin and mother.
The shopping mall setting and the fact that there are zombies are the only real links to the 1978 classic. The social commentary on American consumer culture has been put aside in favour of more action and suspense.
These critisisms aside, the film is quite well shot and directed. It successfully creates a very tense atmosphere and keeps the viewer on the edge of their seat throughout. Some nice use of music such as the Jonny Cash track that plys out the opening credits (one of the best elements to the film).
Overall - not a bad film at all. But probably better thought of as a reference to the original rather than a remake (especially for die-hard Romero fans).