This latest George Romero zombie flick is another of the many fictional documentary style films that dot the horror genre. The style is becoming a genre unto itself which is fine by me. I love the gritty simplicity of this style. It’s nice to see them getting back to basics.
I was initially suspicious about this film when I first heard about it before I knew Romero was behind it. I’d just seen the Zombie Diaries which is also a combination of the two genres as well but still the two are quite different. Where the Zombie Diaries is primaries focused on scaring the crap out of the viewer, Romero’s Diary seeks to make a statement about violence, greed, racism, and humanity in general. Don’t worry, it’s still pretty frightening and a welcome recovery from Land of the Dead which I felt was a little too over the top for me.
I don’t know if it was just me but I was getting this vibe from watching Diary that Romero had read the Robert Kirkman’s “The Walking Dead” which is a comic book series that I can’t say enough good things about. The RV in Diary was very similar to the RV in the Walking Dead. Both stories share the idea that loved ones of the deceased (now zombie) may try to keep the zombie close in a kind of denial of what their loved one has become or in hopes that there might be a cure. Either way I thought it was just awesome.
Another remake. This time, a remake of a remake an adaptation of a novel. Anyway…
“I Am Legend” with will smith is more like the original “The Last Man On Earth” with Vincent Price but with some of the religious undertones of “The Omega Man” with Charlton Heston.
When I was a kid, I used fantasize about how cool it’d be to be the only person left alive on the planet. The theme’s been used a number of times on TV shows in the 80s though I can’t recall which ones. It was always something to do with the hydrogen bomb. You get to drive whatever you want and do whatever you want and eat whatever you want. It’s pretty awesome really.
Poor old Will Smith’s problem as with all version of Legend is all the damn zombies. Zombies are pretty cool too though. These zombies were more like the ones from 28 Days/Weeks later. Really fast and noisy and crazy. The great part of Legend is that our survivor in question didn’t seem to be having that much of a hard time with being all by himself either. I couldn’t handle this movie if all he did was cry about being so lonely and so all alone for two hours. Besides, he had a K9 companion to talk to, and mannequins! I find mannequins to be more creepy than zombies but that’s just me.
Verdict: A Rent
Update: My wife insists that the crazies in the film are not zombies. I disagree. What do you think?
It’s 5am and I’m about to read the Walking Dead #46. I’m almost afraid to. It’s a story I’ve followed closely since the very first issue. It’s the best comic I’ve read in ages. All I know about this one is that it’s a devastating issue. For anyone who hasn’t read this story, I strongly suggest reading it from issue #1. In short, zombies are backdrop to a survival story where the real horror is in the survivors themselves.
I go read now.
The suspense is so high right now. I’ll die if I have to wait another four weeks for until the next issue.
The next best thing to my idea of a zombie theme wedding in Las Vegas. It’s like they knew I was getting married in Vegas in the fall of 2007. The movie opens just a couple weeks before the wedding. Yet another thing to look forward to.