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Day of the Dead (2008)
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Apr 21, 2008 By: Jason Adams
Day of the Dead (2008) order
Director:
Steve Miner

Actors:
Mena Suvari
Ving Rhames
Nick Cannon

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
A town is infected with a flu-like virus that ends up turning the populace in to pissed off flesheaters. When the military comes in to quarantine the joint, a ragtag group of survivors try to escape to safety.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
Its like walking through a minefield. Zack Snyders DAWN OF THE DEAD remake wasnt awful. (Unnecessary as teeth in your asshole, but surprisingly not that bad.) Having survived that potential disaster, now all we have to do is slowly walk away and we can pretend like nothing ever happened andBOOM! They remake DAY OF THE DEAD and youre killed by the explosion of suck.

DAY OF THE DEAD is beyond retarded, even by zombie movie standards. Then again those standards are null and void since these arent even zombies. Theyre 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. (Im really reaching for something positive to say.) Theres plenty of gore, but its lame and computer generated. Every scare might as well have a countdown clock next to it theyre 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 theres Mena Suvari as the hardass soldier who has a touching love storywith a zombie. Thats right; she has a crush on him from the half hour theyve known each other and decides to keep him around after he turns. But its okay because hes a peaceful and nice zombie due to the fact that he was a vegetarian in his human life. I shit you not, thats the explanation they give.

Theres no reason to bother watching this. It has nothing in common with Romeros classic except theres 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.
THE EXTRAS
I will admit that the holographic cover art of a barfing zombie is pretty cool. Even though there arent any barfing zombies in the movie.

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 cant even remember his characters name.) Taking this commentary seriously was not the way to go.

Alternate Ending (5:55): One character doesnt die and I dont 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.
FINAL DIAGNOSIS
Its pretty bad when the cover art is more entertaining than the movie itself. Skip it. Or better yet, pretend like DAY OF THE DEAD 2008 never happened.

Extra Tidbit: Mena Suvari who wouldve guessed?
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