Retirement of the Dead
Since the release of "Land of the Dead" in 2005, distance between fans
and critics in the realm of George Romero's ongoing zombie series has
grown exponentially; while flawed, the epic scope and stinging
commentary of "Land" captured the zeitgeist of a militaristic America
reeling from the re-election of George W. Bush and his profit-hungry
administration. 2008 saw release of "Diary of the Dead," a
found-footage experiment that earned jeers for its artificial,
calculated, and sometimes amateurish look and feel, but maintained a
sense of urgency and dread in its parallel-universe telling of the
first ghoul outbreak. Whatever the current critic/fan consensus may be,
my own opinion is that Romero -- despite a stiff technique and frequent
rejection of the Hollywood System (in spite of the budgetary detriment
to his projects) -- has maintained a surprising consistency in his work
(his zombie films are usually nothing less than compelling; his more
personal projects meander and confound), where his contemporaries (such
as John Carpenter, Tobe Hooper, and Dario Argento) have severely fallen
Like fine wine, an attribute that worked to the "Dead" films' advantage
was the passage of time between episodes; Romero himself has stated in
interviews that his intention was to comment on each successive decade
(beginning with "Night of the Living Dead" in 1968), with the ensuing
anticipation one of the perks of knowing the man was hard at work on
his next undead opus. With films like "28 Days Later" and the "Dawn of
the Dead" remake opening to respectable box office in the early 2000s,
the zombie floodgates split wide open, causing an influx of imitators
and wanna-bes; Romero's "Land" fell by the wayside in 2005, but
succeeded in spiking interest in the man who started it all. "Diary"
followed quickly after, finding its own bone of social
commentary/satire to gnaw on, despite the closing gap between films.
Now, less than 2 years after "Diary," Romero's saga continues (and
possibly concludes) with "Survival of the Dead," a film that contains
brief flickers of the director's wit and social commentary, pitted
against a whole lot of silliness and low-rent mediocrity. The director
eschews satire in favor of a failed genre crossover: like John
Carpenter's "Vampires," "Survival" takes a stab at the American
Western, but the straightforward, surprise-free story (concering two
feuding families on a remote island), and Romero's lack of technical
dexterity (scene setups and transitions are as dull as can be) drowns
any possible excitement. The sly, subtle humor of his previous films
has become anvil-heavy in its overtness, and the characters are drawn
with a jaded apathy which doesn't mirror their situation more than
their creator's lack of inspiration. Even the once-practical gore
effects have become a barrage of CGI, painful in its transparent
fakeness. With such an under-realized premise matched with such
production-rushed elements, one wonders if "Survival" was nothing more
than a cash grab from the get-go..
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FUCK AND FUCK.
LOVED IT!!!!!!! probly one of my favorite zombie movies of all time!!!.
Bad. Really bad.
This is one of the worst movies I have ever seen. What little plot is
present makes no sense. The characters are ridiculous and the acting is
horrible. I have watched a lot of bad movies, but this is one of the
few that was bad enough to make me turn it off. Why are the characters
concerned about a bunch of cash when the world has ended and it is not
worth the paper it is printed on? Why is there an island full of
Scottish people right off the coast of the USA? Why would anyone
actually want to keep zombies around? Why are the living killing each
other left and right and not killing the zombies? How can a zombie ride
a horse? Why would a zombie ride a horse? Horrible. Absolutely
horrible. Romero should be cast into the Pit of Despair..