Land of the Dead (2005)
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Excellent zombie movie; I see it as a sort of evolution of Day of the Dead in terms of ideas. I've watched this a bunch of times.
If you've progressed from Night of the Living Dead all the way up to Land, then I urge you to stop here: Diary and Survival ain't pretty, which is a damn shame.
I agree with Oneironaut in his assessment of the film. There are some great scares here. I am a little unsure about what the implications are with the zombies evolving into a more intelligent race of beings and I cannot really remember if they follow up on this concept in the two sequels that followed (Diary and Survival.)
Of the six Romero zombie films, the first two (Night of the Living Dead and Dawn of the Dead) are masterpieces. Not just the greatest of the genre but also film as a whole. Day of the Dead was a little less memorable and had a little less to say but is still a fantastic movie. I remember not really liking Diary or Survival. This film lies right in the middle as an alright zombie flick with a few decent scares.
I liked this film the first time I saw it and really did not get the hate. The second time I saw it I loved it. What the hell is wrong with people? This film touches on so many interesting issues. The 1% VS the 99%. Boarder politics and general prejudice, where not only minorities and poor people are left behind but also the zombies. Yes, this time around Romero does not only show the humans as worse than the zombies. he gives us a Biblical story of their salvation. A kind of Exodus story with a Moses like leader to lead the zombies to a better place.
If this film had been made in the 70s or the 80s it would be considered a masterpiece. But because it is recent it is disregarded. This is far far better than Dawn of the Dead.
I don't think people appreciate the fact that Romero never repeated himself in his Zombie films. Every time he brought a new view on the subject. A fresh perspective and symbol. None of them are really about the same subject. I think this might be the reason why the latter films get so much hate. People wanted more of the same. Romero wanted something new, as any true artist would.
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This movie ranks #447 in TSZDT's The 1,000 Greatest Horror Films
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