George A. Romero's Land of the Dead

Released 2005


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George A. Romero

George A. Romero's Land of the Dead is the fourth installment of the zombie series started by his 1968 classic, Night of the Living Dead. In this 2005 entry, a businessman named Kaufman (Dennis Hopper) has used the zombie infiltration to his advantage. From his headquarters in a skyscraper called Fiddler's Green, Kaufman rules over an urban nightmare protected by only an electrical fence and the city's surrounding water. Kaufman has two henchmen, Riley (Simon Baker) and Cholo (John Leguizamo), tasked with going into zombie territory to bring in food and medicine to the privileged few allowed into Fiddler's Green. Riley is motivated by humanitarian reasons, while Cholo hopes to buy his way into Kaufman's favor. Meanwhile, the zombies themselves are better organized than in the past under the leadership of a former filling station attendant, Big Daddy (Eugene Clark). Eventually, the zombies learn that the water surrounding the city is really no barrier at all. Can Riley keep the zombies at bay? Director Romero also wrote the script for Land of the Dead.


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  • 100

    The New York Times Manohla Dargis

    One of the enormous pleasures of genre filmmaking is watching great directors push against form and predictability, as Mr. Romero does brilliantly in Land of the Dead. One thing is...

  • 90

    Los Angeles Times Kevin Thomas

    Romero easily commands an enormous cast, a plethora of action sequences and a cornucopia of special effects -- some of them very gory -- and creates one darkly dazzling image after...

  • 90

    Variety Justin Chang

    George A. Romero shows 'em how it's done in Land of the Dead, resurrecting his legendary franchise with top-flight visuals, terrific genre smarts and tantalizing layers of implicat...

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Classics, Thrillers, Futuristic, Supernatural