Land of the Dead (2005, USA/CDN/FRA) C-93m. ** D: George A. Romero. Starring Simon Baker, John Leguizamo, Dennis Hopper, Asia Argento, Robert Joy, Eugene Clark, Tom Savini, Simon Pegg, Edgar Wright. Interesting continuation of Romero's DEAD movies takes place in a devastated urban area, where mercenary-type people raid warehouses and supermarkets to supply food for the super-rich, who have set up their existence in a huge skyscraper run by Hopper. Zombies are continually on the prowl and some of them are even showing signs of intelligence. Mercenary Baker, who dreams of getting out of the hellhole makes the acquaintance of prostitute Argento, and is then asked by Hopper to stop renegade mercenary Leguizamo. Nicely atmospheric zombie feast with all the gory ingredients, its script however (by Romero himself) remains too undramatic and often too conventional. Still, sort-of a must for horror fans. Unrated version runs 97m.


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