Genre Grandeur – Dawn of the Dead (2004) – MovieRob – Encore Review

For this month’s next review for Genre Grandeur – Zombie Films, here’s a review of Dawn of the Dead (2004) by Me.

Thanks again to Darren of Movie Reviews 101 for choosing this month’s genre.

Next month’s Genre has been chosen by Debbie at Moon in Gemini. and it is Movies About Musicians

Please get me your submissions by the 25th of Nov by sending them to

Try to think out of the box! Great choice Debbie!

Let’s see what I thought of this movie:


“We gotta burn… Danny! Danny! Put another round in that woman over there! Look, she’s a twitcher. [to the reporter] I keep telling my men to shot those things in the head. Head… dead. Anyplace else, those things just twitch. Boy, we sure got a lot of them today. What’s troubling is that I know some of these people were putting down. What can you do? It’s got to be done.” – The County Sheriff

Number of Times Seen – 2 (29 Apr 2014 and 25 Oct 2018)

Link to original reviewHere

Brief Synopsis – A group of survivors during a Zombie Apocalypse seek shelter in a mall while they try to decide how to escape the onslaught.

My Take on it – AS most of you already probably know, I’m not the biggest fan of horror films, but for some reason, I have always still enjoyed watching movies that feature Zombies and am even a very big fan of the TV show The Walking Dead (yes, I too believe it has jumped the shark already)

My knowledge of the genre over the past few years has helped me raise my initial thoughts about this film to a higher level.

I enjoyed this film so much more this time than the last time I saw it 4 and a half years ago and believe that this is truly one of the best films of the Zombie genre out there largely due to the way that they manage to develop the characters quite well and make them all seem like realistic everyday normal people who any of us could conceivably know AND be friends with.

This helps the viewer care even more about each of them as things move along.

The cast is superb and is led by Sarah Polley, Ving Rhames, Jake Weber, Matt Frewer, Mekhi Phifer, Michael Kelly and Ty Burrell who all give us great performances.

We get to see very unique characters who all act and react very differently in the way that they try to stay alive while protecting others in their group.

The action scenes are done extremely well and the fast paced nature of the film (and of the Zombies themselves) helps keep things so thrilling the entire time.

Bottom Line – Great zombie film that is able to give us everything we can expect from a film in this genre and more. The characters are developed in quite a realistic fashion that we can care about what will happen to most of them.  Excellent cast helps keep things interesting as we see how each of them acts very differently while trying to stay alive. The action scenes are done really well and the fast paced nature of the film (and of the Zombie themselves) keeps the story thrilling throughout.  Highly Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – When Ving Rhames heard of a remake of Dawn of the Dead (1978) was in production, he tracked down producers to be in the film. (From IMDB)

Rating – Oscar Worthy (9/10) (Upgrade from original review)


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