Land of the Dead (2005)
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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|Rating:||R (for pervasive strong violence and gore, language, brief sexuality and some drug use)|
|Genre:||Drama, Action & Adventure, Horror, Mystery & Suspense|
|Directed By:||George A. Romero|
|Written By:||George A. Romero|
|In Theaters:||Jun 24, 2005 Wide|
|On DVD:||Oct 18, 2005|
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Critic Reviews for Land of the Dead
The Dead Lands offers an odd mix of cultural identity that falls prey to clichéd tropes and one-dimensional characters.
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.
Gory sight gags and intestine eating abound in this must-see movie for fans of the horror genre.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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