Dawn of the Dead (2004)
Starring: Sarah Polley, Ving Rhames, Jake Weber, Mekhi Phifer, Ty Burrell, Michael Kelly, Kevin Zegers, and Lindy Booth
Screenplay by: James Gunn and George Romero (Source Writer)
Directed by: Zach Synder
Music: “When the Man Comes Around” by Johnny Cash; “Down with the Sickness” written by Disturbed, performed by Richard Cheese
Whenever a filmmaker attempts to remake a truly classic film, the remake will often have to distinguish itself with style, if not substance. Zack Synder’s brilliant use of popular music in the film began with the opening credits in which he uses Johnny Cash’s rapture ballad “When the Man Comes Around” as background, or almost lyrical narration, or the zombie cataclysm erupting onscreen.
Synder does manage to riff off of George Romero’s condemnation of materialism in the original by making the same play on how the inhabitants of the mall use the mall’s riches to delight themselves while ignoring the hordes of undead clamoring at the gates. Richard Cheese’s parody of Disturbed’s “Down with the Sickness” provides the perfect background as the survivors attempt to live alongside the bizarre disease of the undead.
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