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Land of the Dead (2005)

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Critic Consensus: George A. Romero's latest entry in his much-vaunted Dead series is not as fresh as his genre-inventing original, Night of the Living Dead. But Land of the Dead does deliver on the gore and zombies-feasting-on-flesh action.

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It has been two decades since master filmmaker GEORGE A. ROMERO's zombies have stalked the screens of motion picture theaters. For years, fans around the world have been eagerly awaiting his return.And now that day is here.An all-new chapter of horror is about to begin...George A. Romero's Land of the Dead is the acclaimed director's long-awaited return to the genre he invented, beginning with the seminal Night of the Living Dead and continuing with Dawn of the Dead and Day of the Dead.In Romero's harrowing newest vision, the world (as humankind has known it) is merely a memory. In its place is the never-ending nightmare existence of us-the living-versus them-the "walkers." What's left of mankind is cordoned off behind the walls of a fortified city while the walking dead roam the vast wasteland beyond. The few wealthy and powerful try to maintain an illusion of life as it was, dwelling high above the city in the exclusive towers of Fiddler's Green, the last bastion of the ruling class. On the streets below, however, the remaining, less fortunate of the city's inhabitants eke out a hard-scrabble life, seeking what little solace they can in the vices available-gambling, flesh trade, drugs-anything that offers even a fleeting respite from the hell their lives have become.Both the lofty heights of Fiddler's Green and the demoralizing lows of the city below are lorded over by a handful of ruthless opportunists, led by Kaufman (DENNIS HOPPER), who keeps his hands in everything, from real estate to less above-board pursuits. To bring food and other essential supplies to the occupants of the city and to allow the Green's well-to-do to acquire the scarce luxury items to which they were once accustomed, a hardened group of mercenaries-headed by Riley (SIMON BAKER) and his second-in-command, Cholo (JOHN LEGUIZAMO)-run retrieval missions outside the city, protected by their massive armored vehicle, Dead Reckoning. Riley and Cholo, like Kaufman, are in it for the money, which they hope to use for their own escapes- Riley to the North, with promises of "a world without fences" and freedom, and Cholo to the luxury of Fiddler's Green, far away from the violent life he has known.While Kaufman and his employees concern themselves with commerce, life is changing both within and beyond the walls of the city. Unrest and anarchy are on the rise among the city's disenfranchised and outside, the army of the dead is changing, evolving, learning to organize and communicate.When Cholo commandeers Dead Reckoning, intent on extorting millions out of Kaufman and his cronies, Riley and his ragtag group-including Slack (ASIA ARGENTO) and Charlie (ROBERT JOY)-are called into action to stop Cholo and, in the process, protect the city and its population from the growing army of evolving zombies storming its weakening perimeter.Universal Pictures and Atmosphere Entertainment MM present A Mark Canton-Bernie Goldmann and Romero-Grunwald Production, in association with Wild Bunch: George A. Romero's Land of the Dead, starring Simon Baker, Dennis Hopper, Asia Argento, Robert Joy and John Leguizamo. Written and directed by Romero, the film is produced by MARK CANTON (Taking Lives), PETER GRUNWALD (Monkey Shines) and BERNIE GOLDMANN (Taking Lives).Joining Romero behind the camera are director of photography MIROSLAW BASZAK (Picture Claire), production designer ARV GREYWAL (upcoming 16 Blocks), editor MICHAEL DOHERTY (New Blood), costume designer ALEX KAVANAGH (upcoming Saw 2) and composers REINHOLD HEIL and JOHNNY KLIMEK (Shattered Glass). STEVE BARNETT, DENNIS E. JONES, RYAN KAVANAUGH and LYNWOOD SPINKS serve as executive producers. -- © Universal Picturesmore
Rating: R (for pervasive strong violence and gore, language, brief sexuality and some drug use)
Genre: Drama, Action & Adventure, Horror, Mystery & Suspense
Directed By:
Written By: George A. Romero
In Theaters:
On DVD: Oct 18, 2005
Box Office: $20.4M
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Cast

Robert Joy
as Charlie
Eugene Clark
as Big Daddy
Joanne Boland
as Pretty Boy
Boyd Banks
as Butcher
Jasmin Geljo
as Tambourine Man
Sasha Roiz
as Manolete
Phil Fondacaro
as Chihuahua
Bruce McFee
as Mulligan
Jonathan Walker
as Cliff Woods
Gene Mack
as Knipp
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Critic Reviews for Land of the Dead

All Critics (185) | Top Critics (39)

The Dead Lands offers an odd mix of cultural identity that falls prey to clichéd tropes and one-dimensional characters.

Full Review… | February 23, 2016
The Film Stage

Romero's zombie movies have always been about people, not zombies. That's what makes them work so well and Land of the Dead is no exception.

Full Review… | March 22, 2011
ComingSoon.net

Romero is back and just as good as he was then...

Full Review… | April 29, 2009
Cinema Crazed

Gory sight gags and intestine eating abound in this must-see movie for fans of the horror genre.

Full Review… | April 16, 2009
ColeSmithey.com

While it's hardly Romero's scariest achievement, it is a thrilling, disturbing commentary on a man-eat-man world that hits just close enough to home to give viewers an uncomfortable pause.

Full Review… | July 19, 2008
San Francisco Examiner

Romero's best film in a quarter century ...

Full Review… | June 19, 2008
ESplatter

Audience Reviews for Land of the Dead

An unnecessary fourth entry in the zombie trilogy, even if it offers another interesting social commentary. With poorly written dialogue and characters we never care about, this film will probably please those more interested in new ways of slaughter and blood spewing.

blacksheepboy
Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer

½

George Romero had been on a self-imposed hiatus before 'Land of the Dead' but he strikes back with a vengeance in this brisk fourth installment. Romero always infuses his spine-tinglers with a blast of ripe social commentary and 'Land of the Dead' explores the post-apocalyptic class system, the distraction tactics of wartime (the zombies are inordinately fond of fireworks) and the underestimation of the enemy (zombies are pawns for amusement). Some people were appalled at the learning curve of Big Daddy and his throng of followers but I thought it was a fresh and revolutionary upheaval of the status quo in these movies. We are actually engrossed in the evolutionary process of the zombie's pilgrimage to Fiddler's Green and their emergence from the silky-black water is iconic. The film contains several sublime in-jokes including the reprisal of Tom Savini's biker zombie from 'Dawn of the Dead'. As with most of Romero's walking-dead films, the characters' deaths are creatively indelible such as a zombie whose head is dangling by a lone nerve fiber and a zombie who tears out a belly-button piercing for easy access to the intestines. The jaunty undead epic 'Land of the Dead' may not be as renowned as the previous three films in the loosely connected franchise but it is by no means inferior.

Cory Taylor
Cory Taylor

Super Reviewer

½

A post apocalyptic society has evolved in the wake of the zombie holocaust with the inevitable mix of haves and have nots fighting for what's left of the world's resources, little knowing that the undead are getting organized...Land Of The Dead feels the least like a Romero zombie film of the series. It actually has a lot more in common with the likes of Escape From New York or Mad Max than Night Of The Living Dead, forsaking the smart social commentary and invention of the earlier films for generic action sequences and gory effects. The C list cast certainly don't help, as all are rather bland and uninteresting as they go through the sci-fi action motions of running around shooting zombies with big guns. Fans can spot some cameos by various undead characters from the previous films and it has enough going on to stave off boredom, but as a whole it looks far more like an imitator than a bona fide instalment in the original series.

garyX
xGary Xx

Super Reviewer

Land of the Dead Quotes

Kaufman: Zombies--they creep me out.
– Submitted by Frances H (2 years ago)
Cholo: Looks like God left the phone off the hook.
– Submitted by Doug S (3 years ago)
Kaufman: In a world where the dead are returning to life, the word 'trouble' loses much of its meaning.
– Submitted by Rocky F (4 years ago)
Cholo: Takes a true friend to stab you right in the front, doesn't it?
– Submitted by Dann M (4 years ago)

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