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Sunday, May 16, 2010

SURVIVAL OF THE DEAD

By D.E.Levine

Director: George A. Romero
Writer: George A. Romero
Cast: Alan Van Sprang, Kenneth Welsh, Kathleen Munroe, Devon Bostick, Richard Fitzpatrick, Athena Karkanis, Stefano DiMatteo, Joris Jarsky, Eric Woolfe et al.
Producer: Paula Devonshire,
Executive Producer: D.J.Carson, Michael Doherty, Dan Fireman, Peter Grunwald, Ara Katz, Art Spigel
Original Music: Robert Carli
Running Time: 90 Minutes
Country of Origin: United States/Canada
Language: English
Genre: Horror

Since the "Dead" franchise has been so strong I was really looking forward to this new film from George A. Romero. He is, after all, the guru for zombie movies.

Unfortunately, this particular film never gains speed and takes off.

In this film a small unit of soldiers seeks refuge, from a zombie-infested world, on small and scenic Plum Island.

What they find is a religious zealot, Seamus Muldoon, who believes that familial undead should be left unmolested. He's opposed by Patrick O'Flynn who believes the undead should be finished off and permanently killed.

The CGI is terrible, considering what's currently on the market. The dialogue is too wordy and convoluted while the ideas aren't very clear. In short, the various themes are muddled, if indeed they exist.

Always an astute social critic instead of just a horror filmmaker, Romero seems to have lost his edge. What's missing is the wit and even the humor that was present in the other "Dead" movies.

Whether or not the movie will succeed based on the previous reputation of the "Dead" films and Romero remains to be seen. As word spreads about how disappointing this film is, crowds, except for cult followers, probably will not go.