DAY OF THE DEAD is beyond retarded, even by zombie movie standards. Then again those standards are null and void since these aren’t even zombies. They’re just people with a bad cold whose eyes turn white and face instantly decomposes until they get pissed and begin attacking. Have you made peace with the running zombies in DAWN and 28 DAYS LATER? Here the undead not only run around but gain superhuman strength and speed as well. Try not to laugh too hard when you see one flying through the air or running on the ceiling.
The movie does move at a fast pace. (I’m really reaching for something positive to say.) There’s plenty of gore, but it’s lame and computer generated. Every “scare” might as well have a countdown clock next to it they’re so telegraphed. (Director Steve Miner, of FRIDAY THE 13th sequel fame, apparently thinks that fast edits are really scary.) Ving Rhames plays a different character than he did in DAWN and is barely in the movie. His tough guy replacement is Nick Cannon who pretends to be Chow Yun-Fat, double-fisted guns and all. Then there’s Mena Suvari as the hardass soldier who has a touching love story…with a zombie. That’s right; she has a crush on him from the half hour they’ve known each other and decides to keep him around after he turns. But it’s okay because he’s a peaceful and nice zombie due to the fact that he was a vegetarian in his human life. I shit you not, that’s the explanation they give.
There’s no reason to bother watching this. It has nothing in common with Romero’s classic except there’s a mildly “humanized” zombie and at some point the characters end up in a military bunker. Also, DAY OF THE DEAD 2008 takes place at night.
Commentary with various cast and crew: Everyone tell stories and tries to ignore the fact that this is a huge turkey, which kinda makes it painful to listen. (One actor can’t even remember his character’s name.) Taking this commentary seriously was not the way to go.
Alternate Ending (5:55): One character doesn’t die and I don’t care.
On The Set (14:09): Pure behind the scenes footage from several different scenes.
Interviews (15:30): The cast, director and effects people talk.
Trailers, Previews and a Photo Gallery.
Extra Tidbit: Mena Suvari… who would’ve guessed?