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Movie Review: Diary of the Dead

I previously mentioned that I was stoked to see this movie. I managed to get the torrent and sat down to watch Romero’s newest living dead flick. Gotta love the zombie apocalypse, right? Well, in this case, not so much.

The first two minutes are fantastic. Unfortunately, it goes downhill quickly from there. The introduction is lame: “I added music to scare you. You should be scared.” It reeks of melodrama and false-fronts; the two main characters, Jason and Deb are the least believable. The others seem to be right about on par, down the the professor emeritus slugging down bourbon in nearly every shot. There are parts that just don’t sit well, such as the students being excessively techno-savvy, editing the film and uploading it to myspace (why not youtube?) midway through. 72,000 hits in eight minutes? You’re telling me nobody else uploaded any homemade zombie footage and his is the hot shit? I call bullshit.

“National Guard? Son, I’m in the National Guard.” They run into, expectedly, survivors who are stockpiling and trying to hold up in a warehouse. It’s an upswing in the movie; they breath life back into the movie and you get a (sort of) respite from the whiny college kids. I can see a bit of similarity between this and Cloverfield, except where Cloverfield’s Huck was good-spirited, scared shitless and put his friends before the film, Jason is just a dick. His flaccid, emotionless response is borderline sociopathic. He lets his friends get attacked while his charges the batteries on his camera.

The zombies themselves are extremely well done, but I would expect no less from Romero. Unfortunately, there just aren’t enough of them. The narrative breaks are unfortunate and do little more than attempt to sway your sympathy for Jason, and explain his behavior. This is accompanied by zombie-free stock-footage (riots, protests, terrorism, etc.).

I had to watch it twenty minute chunks, if that says anything.

2/5

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