Not bad, but not great
Land of the Dead - The 4th part of George A. Romero's zombie
quadrillogy. It's been decades since the dead began to walk the Earth,
and now they practically own it (except for Canada for some reason).
There is one last little mega-city that is surrounded by electric
fences, armed patrols and barbed wire on one side, and nothing but
water on all other four sides, because the dead supposedly don't like
water. Despite the fact that the surrounding lands are rife with
zombies, this metropolis is incredibly corrupt. All thanks to evil
bureaucrat Kaufman (Dennis Hooper, who I had a ball watching) who makes
all but a select few rich folks (who have never seen or fought a real
zombie) live in slums. There you can get your picture taken with
zombies, or watch zombie fights (they fight over animals and the
occasional human). There are a few mercenaries paid to make runs in a
giant tank truck for precious commodities in the outside world.
Now I like George and could thank him endlessly for starting the zombie
franchise, but he has always favored gore just a little more over
character development, and has always liked his zombies just a LOT more
than his humans. Heck in this movie, the zombies are practically the
good-guys! They're just like you and me, except they rip people's arms
in two (and I do mean length-wise) and tear belly button rings out of
people. They are actually pretty intelligent and moderately fast at
walking. By far the biggest threats in Romero's movies (most notably
"Big Daddy" (Eugene Clark). For the most part though, it works, and
it's good gory fun. Except the character development thingy. While I
don't begrudge Romero for having fun with his zombies, I wasn't too
sympathetic to Riley (Simon Baker) or Slack (Asia Argento). Riley, like
Romero it seems, is just tired of character development as he has Riley
say "I'm fed up with back-stories". But Riley dear boy, that's how the
audience grows to care about you. Slack almost kills several of her
fellow team-mates and does not grow at all, but that's the script's
fault. Both of these characters, however are played well for what the
actors are given.
Surprisingly the secondary characters are far more endearing. Cholo
(John Leguizamo) was not only believable as a merc, but I was quite
sympathetic to him as he realized that he was a pon. "Pilsbury" (Pedro
Miguel Arce) and Charlie (Robert Joy) are endearing and funny.
So the effects are good. The story is iffy. The acting is good. The
character development is iffy. The ending is really lame. This gets an
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At the beggining i thought it's gonna be bad, but then I changed my mind. Well in my opinion this movie is average..
Excellent zombie flick from the master of zombie horror movies..
Land of the dead indeed.
It's a sad, sad day for film-making in general when such a pile of
trite is put on a pedestal.
Have films really become so mediocre that we are hailing rubbish as the
new classics? Maybe it's not everyone, I'm being unfair. I can only
surmise that those who felt this film to be a) a masterpiece or b) an
good film by an stretch of the imagination are just extreme zombie
aficionados who would wet their over sized pants upon the mentioning of
anything to do with the genre of the walking dead. Romero is their hero
after all. To me Night of the Living Dead is a classic; in many ways so
is the original Dawn of the dead, but this film is just...well sad.
Why? It's like finding out that a great singer songwriter from the
seventies as now lost his voice and is unable to perform his own
numbers anymore. Romero invented this genre and he should have quit
while he still had respect. I had to walk out of this film after an
excruciating hour waiting to see if it got better. Sadly I waited
60mins too long.
Someone here mentioned that the acting was great all round. Huh? I
don't know where these reviewers are from but I hope that they enjoy
their visit to earth. The acting was terrible. The tension, suspense
less. And the plot, boring. Only the gore was good (but so what).
Avoid this like the plague!.