Review of “Shaun Of The Dead” (2004) R 1h 39min HD-DVD
January 9th, 2008 by Maxim · 1 Comment · 4,310 Views
I wanted to watch this movie again after seeing Hot Fuzz for the second time and I wanted to see the work of same team of actors and director Edgar Wright again.
The plot: Thirty-something slacker electronics salesman Shaun (Simon Pegg) has no clue what to do with his life or with his relationship with girlfriend Liz (Kate Ashfield). But when the unthinkable happens and zombies begin to roam the streets of London terrorizing residents, including his beloved and his mother, Shaun realizes he must act quickly to save Liz from danger and keep their relationship from spiraling out of hands forever. But is it too late for heroics?
Ha ha! That was a funny take on the flesh-eating zombie genre, with the main joke being that people with their daily routine, especially service sector employees, are not much different from zombies. They have no life, but they are not dead either, hence the name – “undead”. But of course there were very many jokes, like when a group of people is trying to escape from zombies that surrounded them but one of the heroes doesn’t care much because he is too busy sending an SMS. Real English gentlemen are not afraid of zombies – they are only vaguely annoyed by them – if they even pay attention to them.
Cinematographically, I liked the storytelling through quickly fast-forwarding through routine – a technique that Guy Ritchie often uses, and that really complements this horror movie spoof, where people deal with their every day problems or going through daily routine without paying much attention to the world around them – killing zombies was a “by the way” activity for Shaun until he personally got affected by it and has to run to save his mother and his girlfriend. This movie looks like a spoof of “The Night Of The Living Dead“.
Some jokes from this movie had been repeated in another Simon Pegg/Edgar Wright movie that also starred Nick Frost – Hot Fuzz! “What, never took a shortcut before?”.
Also starring Bill Nighy, Luci Davis, Dylan Moran, Martin Freeman.
HD DVD features are the same extras as regular DVD (I wish there was something worthy of HD DVD capacity) and include: outtakes and deleted scenes, the “Raw Meat” selection of featurettes including Simon Pegg’s video diary, a zombie gallery, TV interviews, two commentary tracks, one with Pegg and Wright and the other with cast, the Zomb-o-Meter trivia track and the plot holes segment. All of the extras are worth watching – good stuff. Funny too.
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