Dawn of the Dead (2004) Movie Review | Zombie Book Club Episode 22

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2004 Dawn of the Dead – Unearthing a Zombie Classic

In this episode, join us as we dive into the 2004 remake of “Dawn of the Dead,” directed by Zack Snyder. We dissect the story of Ana, a nurse navigating a nightmarish, zombie-ridden world, and her encounters with a diverse group of survivors in a shopping mall. As they fend off hordes of fast, aggressive zombies, internal conflicts and ethical challenges, such as Andre's harrowing ordeal with his zombie family, bring tension to a boiling point. We also ponder how the narrative might shift in the absence of zombies, from a survival horror to a drama centered on human connections.

We critically examine the film through various representation lenses. Does it pass the Bechdel test? Yes, but with nuances reflecting the era's gender portrayals. The film's racial representation and its handling of an interracial couple raise questions about its success in passing the race test. Meanwhile, its approach to LGBTQ+ characters, particularly through the Vito Russo Test, reveals the limitations and attitudes of early 2000s cinema.

Join us as we explore survival tips gleaned from the movie, our picks for the best and worst parts, and Leah’s assessment of the film’s capacity to retain attention in today's evolved landscape of zombie storytelling. This episode promises a comprehensive look at a film that stands as a significant milestone in zombie cinema.

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