In a near future, the zombies are all around the world, and the human society is restructured and adapted for the new reality. In a protected city ruled by the powerful Kaufman (Dennis Hopper), the upper class has the usual privileges living in a fancy well-supplied building, while the poor people lives on the streets. Riley (Simon Baker) and Cholo (John Leguizamo) belong to a team that bring supplies (food, medicine etc.) to the city using a heavy truck called Dead Reckoning and designed by Riley. When Cholo is betrayed by Kaufman, he steals the Dead Reckoning and threatens Kaufman, who requests Riley to retrieve the vehicle, with the support of his friend Charlie (Robert Joy) and Slack (Asia Argento). But the dead are smarter and organized under the leadership of Big Daddy (Eugene Clark). –IMDb
Born George Andrew Romero on February 4, 1940 in New York City. Romero was passionate about filmmaking from an early age. After attending Carnegie-Mellon University, he worked in the industrial film business making commercials and shorts. In 1968, he released his first full-length feature, a horror film called Night of the Living Dead. Shot in Pittsburg, Pennsylvania, the low-budget film soon reached cult status. Romero subsequently turned it into a trilogy with 1978’s Dawn of the Living Dead and 1985’s Day of the Dead.
Known for mobilizing tiny budgets to create unforgettable scare flicks, Romero also directed Creepshow (1980), Martin (1978) and the TV show Tales From the Darkside (1984-1986). Though the success of his Dead trilogy afforded him bigger budgets and higher profile actors, Romero failed to attain the same level of success later in his career.
Romero is married to actress Christine Forrest. They have three children. —bio.
2 1/2 stars out of 5. Land of the Dead doesn't hold the same level of enjoyment it initially did for me. It lacks any kind of kick despite its social commentary, but Asia Argento makes up for it. The zombie intelligence angle was kind of dumb but not inappropriate (thanks to Day of the Dead's Bub.) I don't hate Land of the Dead but I finally understand the reasons for everyone's disappointment.
I always dug the social commentary in this film, especially in the final third with the late great Dennis Hopper. Makes a great point about the growing class divide in America. Would make a nice double feature with Inside Job.
Not the best zombie film, but surprisingly not the worst. The multiple character arcs converge nicely, too, which marks a nice shift from standard horror fare.