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Sunday, February 20, 2011

Dawn Of The Dead (1978)

Director: George A. Romero
Cast: Ken Foree, David Early, David Emge
Genre: Action/Comedy

Plot: Zombies! Dawn of the Dead continues with the phenomenon that started with "Night of the Living Dead (1968)". Only this time, the epidemic has spread on a much larger scale. The film primarily focuses on a pilot, his girlfriend, and two S.W.A.T. team members. The entire film reflects the change in their psyche as the epidemic worsens.

If I assume it's a horror movie--that's what IMDB says--then I won't rate it anything above 4/10. Won't label it a comedy either. 

It is more like a character study where the actions of those affected are identifiable. The undead are on a prowl and there is no law and order left. Everyone is going haywire. All of this means, there is freedom to do anything. And in freedom, there is Power; and we all know with Power comes great Responsibility. Sadly in this imperfect world not everyone is responsible. The end result--Dawn of the Dead.

We do hear about such acts when a tragedy/calamity strikes. Like when there was Tsunami in Sri Lanka or when the Earthquake hit Haiti, we all saw some people looting shops and damaging property. Though, generalizing such a behavior is too farfetched for me. As there are always strong minded people who come up gold in adversity and lead by example.

Dawn of the Dead for me is a mockery of human psyche and a pretty good one!

Don't expect any horror treat!

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