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916 Ratings

Land of the Dead

Directed by George A. Romero
Canada, France, 2005


The living dead have taken over the world, and the last humans live in a walled city to protect themselves as they come to grips with the situation.

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Land of the Dead Directed by George A. Romero
Romero’s characterization of the villain may be a little too on the nose—unlike the writer-director’s best work, the politics of Land aren’t embedded in the storytelling, but rather sit above it. Still, the film’s righteous anger is rousing, especially given the fact that Romero expresses it using the full resources of a major studio.
October 03, 2017
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Land of the Dead (2005) is, at every moment, a jaw-droppingly audacious film. In fact, it is Karl Marx’s Capital on the multiplex screen. George Romero’s anti-Bush (indeed, anti-American) rhetoric is fearless and unrelenting… Only a supposedly trivial zombie horror movie – dismissed, overlooked or treated summarily by many mainstream, middlebrow critics – could manage to fly under the ideological radar so completely to work its savage, subversive mischief.
July 26, 2013
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With each successive film in the series, Romero allies our sympathy more and more with the undead, who here are clearly standing in for the world’s dispossessed. The film’s emotional climax comes not when the human heroes save the day, but when Big Daddy and his followers decide they’ll no longer be distracted from their goals by the illusory promises of the mass media (symbolized by fireworks displays). They’re dead as hell, and they’re not going to take it anymore.
June 21, 2006
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