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    Land of the Dead - 06/24/05

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    Land of the Dead(R)

    Jun 24, 2005 Wide

    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.

    Simon Baker, John Leguizamo ,Dennis Hopper
    Directed by George A. Romero

    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 beginů

    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.

    R, for pervasive strong violence and gore, language, brief sexuality and some drug use

    1 hour, 33 minutes

    Universal Pictures

    Horror/Suspense , Horror

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    I'm excited about this one! I am a huge fan of Romero's work, and it's cool to see Dennis Hopper, John Leguizamo, and Asia Argento (daughter of my fave giallo director, Dario Argento) in the cast.

    The best part for me though? I'll be looking out for the cameos by Simon Pegg and Edgar Wright from Shaun of the Dead!
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    I saw this movie this past weekend and it merely was ok for me. Not bad but it didn't really standout either. It really couldn't flesh out the main characters as the entire movie takes place over one or two days and I think this limitation kind of hurt the movie. Ok but not great, especially considering it was Romero.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SnowflakeGirl
    and Asia Argento (daughter of my fave giallo director, Dario Argento)
    I just saw Suspiria for the first time. Too cool for words.

    If this Land of the Dead is anywhere near last year's terrific Dawn of Dead, I'm seeing.

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