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Dawn of the Dead (2004)

A nurse, a policeman, a young married couple, a salesman, and other survivors of a worldwide plague that is producing aggressive, flesh-eating zombies, take refuge in a mega Midwestern shopping mall.

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Ana goes home to her peaceful suburban residence, but she is unpleasantly surprised the morning that follows when her husband is brutally attacked by her zombified neighbor. In the chaos of her once picturesque neighborhood, Ana flees and stumbles upon a police officer named Kenneth, along with more survivors who decide that their best chances of survival would be found in the deserted Crossroads Shopping Mall. When supplies begin running low and other trapped survivors need help, the group comes to the realization that they cannot stay put forever at the Shopping Mall, and devise a plan to escape. Written by Will

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When the undead rise, civilization will fall. See more »


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Rated R for pervasive strong horror violence and gore, language and sexuality | See all certifications »

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19 March 2004 (USA)  »

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$26,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$26,722,575 (USA) (19 March 2004)

Gross:

$58,885,635 (USA) (28 May 2004)
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Trivia

The DVD box text implies that the cause of the zombie plague is a virus. But in an interview on FeoAmante.com screenwriter James Gunn denies the virus theory, stating that a zombie bite is like a vampire bite. Thus the plague is supernatural, not scientific. However some vampire movies suggest that vampirism is a disease caused by a virus. For example, the Blade Trilogy. See more »

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When Michael is about to open the door to fight the janitor zombie, a close-up of the doorknob shows wires running across the floor when there was only water, a mop, and a "WET FLOOR" sign before. See more »

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Michael: You coming with us?
Kenneth: Nah, you're coming with me. I've done this before.
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During the closing credits we see a series of shots filmed by the survivors using a camcorder they find on Steve's boat. There are a couple of scenes of Steve and his girlfriend (still left on the camera), then the survivors finding a small boat with a still-animated zombie head in an icebox, and finally them running out of gas and landing on an island where they are attacked by zombies. There are then a series of brief almost-subliminal flashes of zombies "attacking" the camera. See more »

Connections

References Dawn of the Dead (1978) See more »

Soundtracks

Down With The Sickness
Written by Mike Wengren, Dan Donegan, David Draiman (as Dave Draiman) & Fuzz (as Steve Kmak)
Performed by Disturbed
Courtesy of Giant Records
By Arrangement with Warner Strategic Marketing
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Intesnesly Great
14 December 2010 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

The Dawn of the Dead remake would have to be one of my favorite remakes because it is very chaotic, I love the carnage and the film's premises lie on disturbance.

At many moments I found the film very, very disturbing. Zack Synder had really put a lot of effort into the remake. his remake also starts off on some happy little slope and then when we see the girl who's a zombie, then we all know that it's gonna get better from there.

I like how Zack keeps the film's plot on the exact same story line where there are many survivors trapped in a Mall and that there are Zombies trying to get in. It was great to see that the elements of this great adaptation can be compared to George A. Romero's classic so well.

I also like how there were more survivors this time round and it was excellent to see that we could all see what each survivor was going through. Some where determined to get out of this mess, some where stubborn and one was just an idiot. But it was great to have a variety of smart and dumb-witted characters.

There were also many sad moments in this film that really left me disturbed and I'm not going to spoil it.

Overall it doesn't fall short off of Romero's Classic Dawn of the Dead, having a chaotic situation, fast zombies, different varieties of characteristics & tones of weapons. It is my second favorite Remake and anyone who hasn't seen it yet, see it... 8/10


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