Saturday, October 22, 2005

With just a touch of my burning hand

Saw Land of the Dead tonight. It's alright. Like earlier Romero zombie flicks, there is a heavy emphasis on the social commentary. Pittsburgh is run by a warlord who provides security but little else for the proles under his care. The Man throws out lines like "we won't negotiate with terrorists" to be sure we get the message that this is about Bush's America. There is an underdeveloped plot concerning some rebels, but the main emphasis is the encroaching tide of tool-using zombies who threaten to overwhelm Pittsburgh. In perhaps another connection to today's world, supply officers travel out to the sticks to take needed supplies (oil) and thereby stir up some zombies (terrorists). The zombies then follow the supply officers and overwhelm the human city (the US). It's not scary in the slightest, but it does have a lot of gore, often displayed in surprisingly creative ways.

Simon Pegg from Shaun of the Dead has a cameo. For me, this just reminded me how much more I liked that movie. It's very funny, well paced and full of amusing references. Office fans should look for the brief Tim and Dawn reunion at the middle of the movie.

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