Holy ugh. It does a better job feeling "real" compared to Romero's much more stagy Diary of the Dead and a few sequences are creepily effective, but that's pretty much all there is. Everything seems so pre-packaged towards the little twist the viewer is confronted with towards the conclusion. I felt cheated as the credits rolled.
The zombies are slow shamblers, and that's great, but they're noticeably more innocuous here for some reason. You also gotta wonder why all the different groups of people kept filming the events. I can see the why a news crew crafting a documentary would, but it doesn't make sense for the others. Glad I snagged it this morning on the cheap. On the back of the DVD there's a quote from Dark Side Magazine calling it "The best zombie film ever." The reviewer must have been enjoying his shrooms while watching. Wait until it's in the bargain bin if you must.
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