In Leadville, Colorado, Captain Rhodes and his army seals off the town to contain an influenza-type epidemic. The locals are not allowed to leave the town and the Pine Valley Medical Center is crowded with sick people. Corporal Sarah Bowman was born and raised in Leadville and goes to her home with Private Bud Crain to visit her mother. Sarah finds that her mother is ill and takes her to the local hospital. However, the sick people suddenly transform in flesh eating, fast moving zombies which attack the non-infected humans. Sarah, Bud and Private Salazar get a jeep and head to the town exit to escape from the dead. But Sarah hears the voice of her brother, Trevor, on the radio and is compelled to go to the radio station where Trevor is hidden with his girlfriend Nina. The group of survivors drives to the isolated Nike missile site seeking shelter, where they discover an underground army base.
Directed by: Steve Miner
. Starring: Mena Suvari
, Nick Cannon
, Michael Welch
, AnnaLynne McCord
, Stark Sands
, Matt Rippy
, Pat Kilbane
, Taylor Saracho
, Christa Campbell
, Ian McNeice
, Ving Rhames
, Robert Rais
, Michael McCoy
. Music by: Tyler Bates
A small town in Colorado is placed under quarantine by the US military when it is hit by a mysterious flu-like virus. Corporal Sarah Cross, a former resident of the town, & her family & a couple of soldiers are the only survivors when the infected turn into fast-moving flesh-eating zombies. Barely escaping a bloodbath at the local hospital, they seek shelter in a nearby nuclear missile silo. But what they don't know is that the silo they're in is also a clandestine military research facility where the virus originated.
Romero's DAY OF THE DEAD was the third in his landmark zombie series & his personal favourite, a film that was incredible in its depiction of a world gone mad as it fell into the hands of the zombie hordes as a group of increasingly unstable human survivors hiding out in a nuclear silo attempt to find a way to destroy the zombies, only to fall prey to their own destructive impulses. Since then, the film has become a cult classic due to its intelligent script & awesomely gory visuals.
Since the millennium, the zombie genre has received a boost thanks to the remake of DAWN OF THE DEAD & the British chiller 28 DAYS LATER. Zombies became popular again, since then spawning about a hundred such films over the past fourteen years. In 2007, Millennium Films, purveyor of heaps of cheap & nasty Steven Seagal action flicks, decided to buy the rights to the remake of Day of the Dead & make it their way. Getting on board is Steve Miner, director of films such as Friday THE 13TH PART 2, Friday THE 13TH PART 3 & HALLOWEEN H20: 20 YEARS LATER. These films suggest that Miner's expertise lay in slasher films, but that won't stand in his way to make a zombie film.
The original Day of the Dead was an underrated masterpiece, only recently getting more fans thanks to lovingly crafted DVDs & the resurgence of the zombie boom. But this remake is the complete opposite -' a travesty that fails to reach the original's level & a dead weight in the genre. For a zombie film, this remake neglects its potential fanbase & was made in the same cheap way that the studio had did with its other films -' shooting the film in Romania & hiring American youngsters who had a brief 15 minutes of fame in the film & were seen no more after this.
Steve Miner is a director whose specialty is in making slasher sequels (he did have a minor hit with the supernatural time travel flick Warlock but that was about it), not zombie films. It shows in this effort, Miner's lack of familiarity with the type of film he is making proving to be apparent here. The script has been haphazardly written, with only minor lip service paid to link it with the original -' the nuclear silo from the original was the main setting for the story -' here it is nothing more than the setting for the climax; the characters of Dr. Logan & Captain Rhodes are here but changed drastically & have negligible impact. And the zombies themselves... The zombies in this flick are nothing more than a cynical marketing ploy to draw in those who are naïve in their expectations about watching horror remakes -' another corpse to add to the pile. Here the creatures have been designed to copy the success of the fast-moving zombies in Dawn of the Dead & 28 Days Later with no limits to how they move -' they can even climb on ceilings! This really breaks with established zombie film rules -' there's even a stupidly-written scene where the survivors encounter a group of zombie soldiers charging forward whilst firing M16s in the air. This was the final straw for my expectations.
Yet after all that, the film does have a couple of pluses in my book. The acting is reasonable & the action scenes, even after you deduct points for lack of care put into it, work with a reasonable intensity that will entertain slightly. That keeps the film from sinking into the lowest score.
Review by DigitalRevenantX7 from the Internet Movie Database.