Something sad about seeing this film, as this is probably the last “new” Romero film I’ll be seeing that is any good. Though not quite on the same level as his two earlier entries, this is still a great film. It widens the issues of communication and religion, bringing them to a level of government as well as individuals. The major battle facing us “today”, is less science versus religion, as it is science versus military. Romero does not simplify the argument, and is further complicated by the stress of the current situation. Extremes in all regards are treated with worry, and often result in great pain and tragedy.
It’s essentially a tug of war between defense and progress, and how both are abused through different means. Though not particularly obvious, the most criticized abuse is little regard or respect for humanity. Strangely enough, some of the most potent betrayals of human dignity are done and explored through both the dealing with the zombies, as well as the dead. As the zombies are seemingly “evolving”, some semblance of their previous life is restored, and the callous pleasure that both soldier and doctor take in tearing them apart becomes less pleasurable than perhaps it was in the other films… it’s suddenly tainted by the idea that these zombies were once people, and something deep inside still retains some of that.
As with most Romero films, there is also a huge problem of communication going on. Some of it is tied to what I’ve already mentioned, especially how the two schools not only fail to understand each other, but also fail to try and understand each other. It also works on a more interpersonal basis, and how perhaps our greatest failing is our inability to connect, communicate and work together. It will eventually be our downfall, and though we may not be overcome by a zombie apocalypse, it seems inevitable that human ego and lack of human compassion is what will bring us down.
I also liked, that this film seemed to have the strongest sense of humour of all Romero’s films. Dawn is also quite darkly humourous, but this one has even better laughs. Lovely experience.
The Stepfather (Nelson McCormick, 2009)
An exceptionally average film, while it doesn’t do very much right, it doesn’t do very much wrong either. I quite like the ending actually, eerie in a predictable way and fun cover of a very famous song. Again, I have to ask, what is this trend of emotionally crippled fatherhood in the past ten years? If they’re not psychopaths, they are completely useless. A reflection on something larger perhaps? A lack of faith in authority, or perhaps a confusion over male identity? It’s interesting in that way, but only as the sum of a few other similar films. Amber Heard is super hot here, and so many gratuitous pantie shots. It’s still PG-13 horror