When comparing Dawn of the Dead to Night of the Living Dead, the plot is less about simply staying alive, and more about trying to figure out what to do next. There is still lots of zombie fighting, but the heroes are more or less in a stable situation, and the zombies are simply a threat which has to be dealt with in some manner.
Romero continues this trend in the third movie, Day of the Dead, where there is an outpost of scientists under the protection of the military, trying to figure out some way of combating the zombie problem. They are safe in their hideout, except for periodic occasions where they have to capture a zombie for experimentation.
The zombies are seen in a different light in this movie. They have a very subdued presence, and for most of the movie almost seem like victims, as they are captured and experimented on. There is one zombie who the chief scientist is trying to bring back to some semblance of civility, with some success. This zombie ("Bub") is one of the more interesting characters in the film, actually. He manages to show the zombies not as monsters, but as people who are driven by uncontrollable urges to feed. With the help of the scientist, Bub manages to seem more and more human. (He gets my Zombie Oscar for Most Improved Zombie.)
The real role of zombies in this film is as a backdrop to the real drama. The scientists and the military personnel are at odds with each other, and the conflict is only fueled further by the hatred and fear toward the zombies in the outside world that each of them feels on a daily basis. While the individual zombies that the group deals with are almost pathetic, the hordes outside are always on their minds.
This was an interesting film, but it was more cerebral than exciting. It's a good finish to the trilogy, predicting the next stage of the fight of humanity against the zombie infestation.
Review by: Nikolai Hansen Rating:
Is it always like this? Is it always like the heroes are trapped inside a house
(in this case, its an old millitary bunker) surrounded by the living dead, just trying to get inside, and feast on the juicy flesh of what is left of the living!? Is it?...
Well I have got to say yes, it is almost like that, the usual plot is that there has been a zombie breakout, and then a small group of suvivors board up at the mall or something! And in Day of the Dead's case it's almost the same.
George A. Romero (director) adds a twist to the old kind of zombie movies. Romero does not only focus on his beloved zombies, but also adds a conflict in the ranks of the living. This is also seen in his two previous zombie movies, and in the new movie "Land Of The Dead." This in particular is the movie with the biggest conflict, between scientists and old military troops.
It starts off with a chopper, flying over a "deserted" city, in search for suvivors. They can't find anyone, and when they come back they realize that the recent commander is dead, by causes unknown. The dead are standing by the fences, trying to enter the bunker. We soon find out that the conflict between the millitary and the scientists is going extremely bad. Then we meet Dr. Logan, or Dr. Frankenstein as credited by the millitary, who is experimenting with zombies, and is trying to make them "behave"! The rest of the movie is up to you to find out!
Review done by Nikolai Hansen, Denmark
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