LAND OF THE DEAD
Liberal Blood Lust?
Release Date: June 24, 2005
Starring: Simon Baker Dennis Hopper,
John Leguizamo, Asia Argento,
and Robert Joy
Genre: Horror/Action Thriller
Audience: Older teenagers and adults
Runtime: 93 minutes
Distributor: Universal Pictures/NBC
Director: George A. Romero
Executive Producer: Steve Barnett, Dennis E. Jones
and Ryan Kavanaugh
Producer: Mark Canton and Peter Grunwald
Writer: George A. Romero
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Well, Romero has a new zombie movie, LAND OF THE DEAD, which continues the class warfare themes established in his earlier zombie films. This time, the upper classes are a target in a story that also has a liberal message about illegal immigration, with the cannibalistic zombies seen as the illegal aliens. Political correctness has also invaded the series. The hero eventually comes to view the invading cannibalistic zombies as just like he and his friends – like them, the zombies are only just looking for a place to live.
The story opens with a gang of armed people, using a large military van armed to the teeth, invading a zombie-infested town so that they can raid the stores. Led by two men named Riley and Cholo, the gang kills many zombies, but one young soldier dies.
Riley is disturbed by their close encounter with these zombies. He thinks some of them are showing rudimentary signs of self-awareness. Sure enough, one of the zombies, a black zombie enraged at the murder of his own kind, leads the others in a planned attack on the nearby big city where Riley and his gang live.
Meanwhile, the high-rise mall in the city, where the rich people live, is controlled by a white man named Kaufman, played by Dennis Hopper. Cholo has been helping Kaufman secretly murder his enemies. Now, however, Cholo wants the money coming to him. He also wants to live in one of the fancy condos in the mall. When Kaufman refuses, Cholo steals the large armed van and threatens to blow up the high-rise mall with the van’s missiles.
As the army of zombies slowly descends on the city, Kaufman hires Riley to steal back the van from Cholo, but Riley has plans of his own.
Despite the gore and the foul language, LAND OF THE DEAD is more than just a horror movie. It’s also a tense, compelling action thriller. Simon Baker is good as the hero, Riley, though he lacks the bombast that seems to be required to become a top action hero in other movies. John Leguizamo and Dennis Hopper are also good as the corrupt sidekick and the main villain.
Beyond that, however, all the bloody and gruesome violence and frequent foul language render LAND OF THE DEAD unacceptable. Worse, not only does the movie have an anti-capitalist and anti-American liberal worldview, groups of people in the screening audience often cheered much of the gruesome violence and outrageous acts of cannibalism. The question arises, therefore, does this movie represent a new, atrocious level of liberal blood lust against America that seems to have infected so many people on the left, including many young people?
Despite its horrific gore and foul language, LAND OF THE DEAD is a tense, compelling action thriller. Even so, all the bloody and gruesome violence and frequent foul language render LAND OF THE DEAD unacceptable. Worse, not only does the movie have an anti-capitalist and anti-American liberal worldview, groups of young people in the screening audience often cheered much of the gruesome violence and outrageous acts of cannibalism.