The feature-film debut of director Zack Snyder, Dawn of the Dead is a modern retelling of George Romero's 1978 horror classic, which was actually the second film in a trilogy that began with Night of the Living Dead and concluded with Day of the Dead. Sarah Polley and Ving Rhames star as two of the last remaining people on an earth that has been ravaged by flesh-eating zombies. After escaping to a shopping mall with a handful of other survivors, they decide that they only way to truly elude the approaching throng of undead is to somehow make their way to an island that is supposedly zombie-free. Jake Weber and Mekhi Phifer also star. ~ Matthew Tobey, Rovi
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I was certain that I would hate this movie, because I love the original so much. Isn't it everyone's dream to be locked safely in a mall with a gunshop and a hotwired VW Scirocco during apocolyptic chaos outside? Oh, maybe it's just me then and I was upset when the only credit I saw was "based on a screenplay by George Romero" and not "based on ultimate orginal, the coolest zombie plot ever created by the minister of sinister, George A. Romero". This movie has done many things worth praise for certain. It has brought this story up to the current technological advances available in the movie industry and it has opened awareness to a newer generation of the older story that they might not have cared for because of it's antiquated release date. So here this converted idealist says that Dawn of the Dead (2004) is definetely worth renting.