of the Dead, Dir; Edgar Wright, Cert; 15
its opening scenes, over dubbed by The Specials track Ghost
Town, through to the closing titles, accompanied by Queens
Youre My Best Friend, this film very firmly has its
tongue placed in its putrefying un-dead cheek!
Simon Pegg, previously of TV's Spaced, plays the titular Shaun, bit of
a dead beat muddling his way through life unaware of happenings around
him, content simply to spend time in the local with his girlfriend or
playing computer games with his sidekick best mate who is even more of
a loafer, who only pauses his game console to make the odd minor drug
deal or answer his mobile phone.
Thus our intrepid anti-heros find themselves in a world suffering
a cataclysmic disease, turning the living into walking corpses and the
recently dead into the newly un-dead. Needless to say anarchic comedy
ensues as they try to rescue their - or that should be Shauns
- nearest and dearest whilst avoiding the attentions of the mobile flesh
Throughout the film there are knowing references to such classic doomsday
films as The Andromeda Strain, The Omega Man and
obviously Dawn of The Dead along with comic horrors like Dog
Soldiers and Evil Dead 2. More telling though is the
satirical under commentary on modern day life - from students wandering
around in a daze at the start, to the mind-numbing nature of daytime television
at the end, via jobs in the service industry and peoples slavery to the
mobile phone to the detriment of their social interactions with others.
In conclusion this film works on many different levels and in many different
ways that will appeal to different groups. Theres comedy, there
are surprises, theres chills and pathos in equal measure.
If you have to see a film about dead people coming back
to life - see this one. If you have to see two such films see this and
the remake of its inspiration Dawn Of The Dead - but on know
account see the third one!! 8/10
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