Proof Review: Diary Of The Dead (2008)

Release Date
February 15, 2008
Director
George A. Romero
Screenplay
George A. Romero
Distributed By
The Weinstein Company
Budget
$2 million
Action, Horror, Science Fiction
Rated R for strong horror violence and gore, and pervasive language
95 minutes

Diary Of The Dead

In a zombie-ridden Cloverfield-styled horror film, several teens face the origin of the zombie scare. Though the performances are a tad watered-down, the concept and execution are brilliant. Created by the master of zombie films, George A. Romero, the film comes out authentic and true to the zombie genre, spawning later films like the quirky Zombieland.

Diary of The Dead offers some insight to the actual breakout of the disease causing the dead to reanimate. Without much conviction, the characters appropriately express the fact that these undead used to be human and it should not feel right killing them. But in the end it is all about survival.

The only portion where the film fails miserably is continuously drawing attention to the fact that the main character wants to document the events following the outbreak. Multiple times throughout the film, the man behind the camera expresses his need to fulfill this documentation. Hearing his desire expressed once would have sufficed, but instead, the writers felt the need to remind the audience constantly why he was still filming despite his friends being demolished.

The cast was not quite up to par in comparison to the likes of Cloverfield. None of the actors/actresses stick out whatsoever, with absolutely no award winning performances, yet still just this side of cheesy.

Immediately after finishing the film, I felt the desire to play the film again, just to experience the adventure again and that is a mark of a well completed film. Had the cast been slightly more credible and the dialogue not so repetitive, Diary Of The Dead could have easily become one of the best zombie films in the genre. Instead, it only accomplishes being original, yet failing to the raise the bar for zombie horror flicks.

 

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