Survival of the Dead
The latest zombie opus created by the master of the zombie genre George Romero. With Survival of the Dead, George concludes his newest dead trilogy. What I really like about this movie is how much different it was then any of the previous films. In terms of production value and direction it is most similar to the film right before it Diary of the Dead, neither film is like Land of the Dead which obviously had a bigger budget and some known actors. But Survival of the Dead is a quality movie by all means, it has a fresh storyline with a totally different take on the zombie outbreak. What I thought was interesting is how you don't necessarily have to be bitten to turn into a zombie. In Survival..if you died of any cause you would turn into a zombie, so the dead really do come back to life.
George was able to offer a story under a different setting, putting the pandemic on an island. The movie also has a military presence that is reminiscent of Day of the Dead. Chronologically this film takes place at the same time of Diary of the Dead, it is not a sequel to that film.
For as old as George is he is very up to date with the times, in terms of social trends in society and computer technology. I really like his use of computerized special effects. I'm the farthest from the advocate for CGI, but today some of these computers can churn out some powerful effects. What made Survival unique is how he used both natural prop effects and computer CGI. The use of the CGI was mainly applied just to gun shots and blood splatters. But torso dismemberment happened to be original using makeup and classic prosthetics.
The story consists of two rival families who each believe they have the best remedy for the zombies. On one hand you have O'Flynn who is determined to kill all the dead, and on the other hand you have Seamus Muldoon who is hell bent on preserving the dead in hopes of finding a cure for them. Obviously their differing views on society cause a riff and one of them has to leave the island. Muldoon and his goons offer O'Flynn a choice of death or life if he leaves the island. O'Flynn flees Plum Island but not for long.
I'm not one for spilling the beans on the plot or the story but what i find appealing is how Muldoon and company tie chains to the dead so they cant leave their homes. They try to live with the dead, remember the dead, rather then exterminating them.
The film hasn't gotten good reviews, but I really enjoyed it. If you're a Romero fan you will like the movie, if you're a zombie fan you will like the movie. But critics will be critics, regardless I am recommending this movie to everyone, but then again I like bad movies...so you be the judge.
Title: Survival of the Dead
Release Date: March 15, 2010 (UK)
Director: George A. Romero
Plot: On an island off the coast of North America, local residents simultaneously fight a zombie epidemic while hoping for a cure to return their un-dead relatives back to their human state.
IMDB Profile: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1134854/
Wikipedia Page: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Survival_of_the_dead