Okay, most of you know that I have a hard time falling
asleep. Sometimes, this causes me to walk around like the zombies I write about. Sometimes, I get to watch some pretty amazing movies. The
other night I watched Land of the Dead,
the fourth of the six movies made about
the living dead by the amazingly talented writer and director, Mr. George A
As far as I’m concerned, George Romero is the granddaddy of
zombies and whenever I’m able to watch one of his zombie movies, I’ll watch it
even if I should be sleeping; life is short.
The movie stars Simon Baker as Riley Denbo, the designer and
commander of a heavy armored, zombie killing, firework displaying, missile
launcher vehicle called Dead Reckoning.
This is the type of
vehicle Rick and his team need in “The Walking Dead”.
It’s now three years after the zombie apocalypse and the action
takes place in Pittsburgh where the rich are very rich and the poor are worse
off than the residents of India’s slums. Paul Kaufman (Dennis Hopper) is in
charge of the luxurious high rise known as Fiddler’s Green. The wealthy have the
army and electrified fence to keep the riffraff and zombies out.
Riley Denbo and his staff which includes Charlie (Robert Joy)
a disfigured sharpshooter and Cholo De Moro (John Leguizamo) use the Dead
Reckoning to scavenge for food, medicine and whatever can be sold on the black
market. Sometimes, they run into zombies and then need to use the fireworks to
keep the zombies distracted. But, Riley notices that zombies are getting
smarter. One zombie in particular catches his attention, Big Daddy (Eugene
Big Daddy is a zombie and he's angry! His zombie friends are being shot down by
Cholo De Moro and his gang. What does he do? Big Daddy goes after the humans.
Apparently, the zombies are evolving; getting smarter. He leads a large horde
towards Fiddler’s Green. Nothing can stop them, not even the river that
separates the town from the zombies.
There’s enough blood, gore and splattered brains to satisfy all
zombie lovers, but Land of the Dead goes one step further and offers us a different
perception of the apocalypse; the zombie’s point of view.