Tall, Dark, and Dead – 35 – Dawn of the Dead
Title: Dawn of the Dead
Director: Zack Snyder
Leads: Jake Weber, Ving Rhames
Favorite quote: “Yeah, okay. I have an idea. We draw straws, and the loser runs across the parking lot with a ham sandwich.”
Thoughts: I actually really like the remake of Dawn of the Dead, and I love Snyder runners. Let me pop in my earbuds while the zombie purists line up the firing squad.
True, the remake doesn’t have the deep relationships between the surviving characters that the original did, but it has a certain vibrancy and freshness that I can’t help but enjoy. This is one of the few zombie films in recent history that’s actually creeped me out, as well – for me, it’s the torso-only zombie swinging hand-over-hand down the pipe in the parking garage. Problem solving, yes, but – gaaaaaaaah.
I admit, my affection for this film might just boil down to the fact that I love Jake Weber. He has such an honest, patient sweetness about him. Every time that harpy on Medium wakes him up in the middle of the night I want to yell, “Leave her! Leave her and her annoying children and start over! No one would deny you that right!”
(WHAT HAS SHE EVER DONE FOR YOU? YOU HAVEN’T HAD A PEACEFUL NIGHT SINCE YOU MET HER! I COULD BE SO GOOD TO YOU!)
Ahem. Where was I?
Personally, I’m fond of runners. Runners emphasize the immediacy of the situation and add a certain fluidity and horrible inevitability to the hunt. Shamblers lull people into a false sense of security, and thus tone down the tension. Now that Snyder has made runners popular (although arguably, Russo and O’Bannon started the phenomenon), I find it very hard to conceive of zombies as slow. It’s just not as threatening.