Dawn of the Dead

2004, Horror, 1h 40m

194 Reviews 250,000+ Ratings

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A kinetic, violent and surprisingly worthy remake of George Romero's horror classic that pays homage to the original while working on its own terms. Read critic reviews

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When her husband is attacked by a zombified neighbor, Ana (Sarah Polley) manages to escape, only to realize her entire Milwaukee neighborhood has been overrun by the walking dead. After being questioned by cautious policeman Kenneth (Ving Rhames), Ana joins him and a small group that gravitates to the local shopping mall as a bastion of safety. Once they convince suspicious security guards that they are not contaminated, the group bands together to fight the undead hordes.

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  • Jul 04, 2017
    Dawn of the Dead: The movie's fast paced and very similar action sequences don't create anything special to the horror or zombie genre. The movie is predictable and very basic in terms of the script. The movie was entertaining but nothing special here.
    Tyler H Super Reviewer
  • Nov 28, 2015
    The satirical elements that made Romero's original so great are completely gone here . . . Still it's an enjoyable, if highly derivative, genre piece.
    Alec B Super Reviewer
  • Aug 08, 2014
    Although the acting and make up are weak, is there really any honor movie where that can't be said? Cliché script and poor character development prevent a higher score for what is otherwise a surprisingly exciting and interesting film -- well, for a horror film, that is. Certainly a good remake.
    Christian C Super Reviewer
  • Mar 27, 2014
    This is a excellent film that creates tension and has you on edge from beginning to end. The film starts in a hospital that is being swamped by very strange cases of people being bitten. Nurse Ana (The Dynamic) Sarah Polley is exhausted at the end of her shift and just wants to get home. There is a brief scene with her loving husband, and she is off to sleep. She awakes to the the young girl next door in her bedroom, and looking very peculiar. When the child attacks her husband, the situation goes from bad to worse case scenario. This is confirmed when the media reports the dead, now living, are on a rampage. She flees her household, and finds the streets, and society in chaos. She runs into Kenneth (Ving Rhames) a Cop who is bloodied and has already fought his way out of some tight pinches. They along with some other survivors, decided to try and seek refuge in a closed mall. There they meet other survivors as they try and turn the Macy's like atmosphere into the Alamo, trying to ward off the always hungry zombies. The characters are pretty stock, the African American, the Security Officer, the slut. The two that stand out are the kind, smart, pragmatic Michael (Well Played by Jake Weber), and the ultra sleazy, rich playa type play by Modern Family's Ty Burrell. He is so good at being snake like, that you are happy when let's just say he "transforms." I realize that this is a remake, but since I never saw the original, I don't feel necessary to comment on the difference. If you can get the DVD, even better, since the bonus includes fantastic fake news broadcasts. I am confident you will enjoy this.
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