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Plot: Shaun doesn't have a very good day, so he decides to turn his life around by getting his ex to take him back, but he times it for right in the middle of what may be a zombie apocalypse... But for him, it's an opportunity to show everyone he knows how useful he is by saving them all. All he has to do is survive... And get his ex back. Runtime: 99 mins Release Date: 23 Sep 2004
Shaun of the Dead is quite a surprising and brilliant piece of work which I suspect will achieve the accolade of instant cult status as word of mouth snowballs this film to richly deserved recognition.Simon Pegg, both the joint writer and the main star of the film, has been a comedic force for some time, most notably in the fantastic BBC2 series 'Hippies' which inexplicably bombed in the ratings and the cult Channel 4 series 'Spaced'. Both programs hinted at Pegg's saliently dead pan comedic manner and writing skills which comes to full fruition in 'Shaun of the <more>
Dead'.In a nut shell, this film is a romantic comedy with zombies or zom-rom-com who appear for no good clear reason although some tantalizing clues are offered . The film is an amazing blend of the funny, the violent and the poignant.Pegg has cast himself as one hell of a serious loser in this film. And not in the 'American' form of: 'I am a loser but I work in TV and have Jennifer Aniston as my wife' kind of loser as portrayed in tripe such as 'Bruce Almighty' or dozens of other US 'loser' films. Pegg's Shaun is a genuine loser and extremely recognisable too, he's an everyday man who works for an electrical retailer and his life is just plain dull and disappointing - and this is where all the comedy comes from in this film. There are two scenes in the film which seem to summarise this and also shine a light of Simon Pegg as a very clever and funny writer and both scenes simply involve Shaun walking to the nearby corner shop. The first time Shaun plods semi-comatose to the store we simply get the feeling that he is a loser. However, by the time the film shows him making the same journey again we realise that there is a lot more going on! The scene is played with such exquisite subtleness that it has to be one of the funniest scenes I have ever seen in any film! Not that this film is subtle however, there is a stunning array of visual comedy, one liners and best of all some digs at other films from the horror genre. The funniest being a very subtle snipe at Boyles `28 days later' - see if you can spot it!The only problem with reviewing this film is that there are so many funny moments in it that it is hard to pick any to write about without spoiling the film. All I can say is that I cannot remember a film ever being this consistently funny with probably five or six serious laugh-out-loud moments. It was a joy to watch and my only disappointment is that I can never watch this film for the first time ever again - every viewing will forever be a repeat viewing.Shaun of the Dead is not very everyone though - the language from the beginning is strong and the violence was quite surprising for a 15 certificate film in the UK . This film is definitely going to be most appreciated by horror fans who know a huge back catalogue of horror films. It will also be enjoyed by teenagers who filled the cinema when I viewed this film which was terrific, as they laughed loudest . Finally, I do have some criticism of this film and that is there is some wasted talent in the movie. Black Book's channel four star Dylan Moran seemed a bit wasted and so was Martin Freeman from BBC2's The Office - who would have made a terrific zombie! Also, did I spot Matt Lucas from BBC3's 'Little Britain' in this film? I am not sure as I was laughing too hard maybe! These problems however are so minor and can easily be forgiven. My suggestion is to go and slowly shuffle down to your local cinema to see this film and give Simon Pegg the money and recognition he deserves so that he can go on and make more films that are this good including what the UK papers have suggested as his next project - `From Dusk 'Till Shaun'.
The best comedy of the year! (by Grigory_the_Wanderer)
Here in the States they don't show too many foreign movies, even if they are from the countries like UK. When they show them, however, they tend to outdo some of the American movies in the box office. Although the British movies are rarely shown here, they're a guaranteed success - do you recall the popularity of the last year's "28 Days Later"? Well, this movie is even better - it's a hilarious combination of comedy, social parody, tragedy and drama, spiced with the references to every zombie flick ever made. Some references are pretty slim, though - for example <more>
"We're coming to get you, Barbara!" is a reference to "The Night of the Living Dead" - a reference that many people including George Romero! didn't get. Most of the actors are unknown to an average American, yet they played great! I hope that movies like "Shaun of the Dead" will make big wigs in Hollywood realize that there are many great foreign movies, and that integrity is always better than crude remakes which the States are so notorious for... I encourage everybody to come and see SOTD - the best comedy of 2004.
"Shaun of the Dead" is not only the best zombie flick I've seen in a long time, it is simply the best film I've seen in a long time, PERIOD! Clever, witty, sweet and nasty and, at times, gory and horrific, SOTD has it all. Of course, I didn't think I could go very far wrong with a film that George Romero himself said he enjoyed.Shaun Simon Pegg isn't having a very good week. His co-workers have no respect for him, his uptight stepfather is on his back and his beloved girlfriend Liz has had enough of his laziness and inconsideration. Really, Shaun isn't such a <more>
bad guy, but he has no ambition and seems to prefer the company of his unemployed, flatulent, video-game obsessed slob of a flatmate Ed to anyone else. And as if this were not enough, the dead have risen and are walking the earth in search of human flesh to feast upon. Shaun doesn't notice this fact as quick as he should, but Shaun is somewhat of a zombie himself, lost in his own world and distracted by his own thoughts as he strolls right past the rotting cadavers that now fill the streets of Britain. Not even news flashes can get through to Shaun, as in an incredibly hysterical scene he channel surfs rapidly, every station finishing the sentence of the one before and giving everyone but the oblivious Shaun the grim news of what is happening in the world. When Shaun and Ed finally do realize what is happening, it quickly becomes a race against time: save Shaun's mum, rescue Liz and go to the pub where they can wait out the zombie infestation with a pint and a smoke. Of course, not everything goes as smoothly as planned. There's undead flatmates to deal with, "bitey" zombies along the way, petty arguments between friends and Ed's cell phone going off at inopportune moments. But Shaun, armed with a cricket bat, is determined to save the woman he loves and nothing is going to get in his way!This film should be seen side by side with Romero's "Dawn of the Dead" as both films cleverly and sarcastically comment on our zombified society and virtually show no difference between the living and the living dead. There's not much gore here, but there is one very unexpected and Savini-worthy moment in "Shaun" when the zombies rip a living man to shreds, yanking out intestines and tearing off limbs. I really hadn't seen such a gory scene coming and was too stunned to look away. It's truly graphic and nauseating...and, though I usually hate gore, very well done. For a low budget film, the zombies are pretty menacing looking and there are some genuinely scary moments to be found in "Shaun." There's also several touching scenes between Shaun and his mum and dad...sorry, I mean stepdad. Shaun himself is forced to grow up and take charge as the zombies close in around them. I don't want to give away the incredible ending of "Shaun" except to say that the living dead are not immune from pop-culture commercialization, and though loved ones may die, video games are forever. SEE THIS FILM!!! You do NOT have to be a fan of horror movies to appreciate the sublime satire that is "Shaun of the Dead." I haven't seen a movie this good for a very long time. 10 stars.
The best rom zom com ever! A loving satire with lots of British humour. (by colettesplace)
Shaun's nearing 30, stuck in a crappy sales job, and his girlfriend Liz is unhappy with the amount of time he spends with his ultra-slacker B-class drug dealer friend, Ed, at their local pub, the Winchester. When Liz dumps him, Shaun's so glum he doesn't even realise that London's been overrun with flesh-eating zombies. But somewhere within his console-happy lazy self, a hero is born.I can't even begin to emphasise how cool this quintessentially British film is. The amount of time it takes for Shaun Simon Pegg and Ed Nick Frost to realise anything's wrong is <more>
priceless. Director Edgar Wright, who co-wrote the film with Pegg, also demonstrates that there's little difference between glassy eyed commuters and their undead brethren.The plot rips along beautifully and parodies both the romantic comedy and zombie genres, while at the same time remaining true to them. Hopefully a new genre, the romzom com, has been born incidentally, that's where you can go to find out more about the movie romzom.com. The fabulous supporting cast includes Bill Nighy Love Actually as Shaun's supercilious stepfather, Penelope Wilton Calendar Girls as Shaun's absent-minded mum, Dylan Moran Black Books as Liz's snooty housemate David and Lucy Davis The Office as wannabe actress Diane.Shaun of the Dead was partially inspired by the classic zombie flick, Dawn of the Dead. Its creator George Romero was reportedly so impressed with Shaun of the Dead that Simon Pegg and Edgar Wright are taking on cameo roles in Romero's latest instalment, Land of the Dead.Shaun of the Dead is one of the best comedy of 2004 and a must-see for all rom zom com romantic comedy with zombies afficionados. ****½/***** stars.
Why can't there be more British comedies like this? (by Kudos_King)
Shaun of the dead is in a word, brilliant.I've seen this movie at least 10 times and it never gets old, makes me laugh at each viewing. Having seen Dawn of the Dead, i was expecting just another spoof as the name implies but was pleasantly surprised to find a completely original story with some great comedy moments and superb acting all around not to mention buckets of gore . The first of the rom-com-zom genre, Shaun of the Dead will certainly set the standard for future zombie flicks of its kind, and i can see Pegg having a bright future in comedy. GO RENT IT NOW.Tom Patterson
One of the best ever (by mannejgreen)
Shaun of the Dead perfectly mixes buddy comedy, parody horror, romantic love triangles, touching heart, and frankly awesome gory action to create one of the best films of all time. Edgar Wright and Simon Pegg have delivered a clever script that goes along perfectly with great performances that warrant multiple viewings. A perfect score that incorporates some of the best songs ever into sequences that make you smile from ear to ear and Wright and Co.'s trademark sound effects are just a few of the things that work absolutely perfect and make for a great experience. Watch it once, then <more>
watch it again, then think about how much you like it and then watch it again.
Some 5 years before the making of this film the same team behind it wrote and directed series season 1 and 2 of an offbeat UK sitcom named "Spaced". Massively overlooked at the time of broadcast yet with a hardcore fan base of loyal devotees a third series was long overdue but never did materialise.Shaun of the Dead is the continuation of what went before; of a similar format yet in a completely new setting, with new characters, plus new cast members and for the first time a feature-length run time for the big screen. So how does it play out? Even with such a departure from the <more>
original setting, the history of TV to cinema adaptations is a dodgy one to say the least. Fortunately for those of us who already fans or more likely if you've never seen the series before prepare to be impressed.The style is all it's own. With inventive direction and editing making the visual impact which fans will instantly recognise, to the writing which importantly is firstly genuinely funny, interspersed with references to popular culture of the past two decades, always with a self-knowing grin, a wink to the viewer rather than a pretentious nod. And of course several self-references and in-jokes of the TV series all fill in the gaps between the tastefully presented killings. There is blood, after all this is a "rom-zom-com" or "romantic zombie comedy" - a self-proclaimed new genre and rightly so. This is as about as original as it gets. They actually manage to pull off humour, violence, decapitations, action, romance, suspense, sadness and joy all within the space of 90 minutes!This is the best film I've seen in ages, and a real credit to British film, we already knew about "Fried Gold", now the rest of the World can see it too. An instant classic.
The power of the movie is in its professionalism. (by Boba_Fett1138)
This is the best mix of beer and blood I have ever tasted. "Shaun of the Dead" has some great comical moments and yet it has been made with lots of professionalism like this was a serious gory horror movie they were making. Because of this, through its seriousness, the movie becomes perhaps even more hilarious and really delivers. Both the fans of the British comedy-genre and the fans of mainly 'Zombie' movies and other gory horror-movies, will be entertained by this movie.Visually the movie is really good looking. Its not like many other British movies and has a good <more>
looking use of cinematography and lighting. The gore, make-up and visual effects are extremely good and are even something that I haven't even seen in 'serious' Zombie/horror flicks.You might think that this movie is just mainly a spoof of "Dawn of the Dead" 1978 but its really more than that. The movie is good and creates a good story on its own so that it becomes more than just a simple spoof. All of the characters are well written and are funny in their own way.The acting is good for comedy standards and the actors perfectly know how to play in both hilarious/funny scene's as well as in serious/emotional one's. Plus of course it has the wonderful Bill Nighy playing a role in it. This guy really is a terrific actor that always is at his best in comical roles like he plays in this movie.Basically this is a very good looking and professionally made movie that also is funny and hilarious at moments. I can't see how anyone could not like this movie.8/10http://bobafett1138.blogspot.com/
This film is meant to be a comedy? Well, the Dawn of the Dead remake had more funny moments! I probably would have enjoyed this film more had the auditorium not been filled with loud-mouthed chuckleheads determined to shriek with laughter at every one-liner, expletive, or bit of gore that crossed the screen, as though what they were seeing was fresh and witty and in no way done before! The plot was formulaic and the jokes dull. The only things worth another look were the acting and the make-up, which were both passable at best. This is very much aimed at the teen market and the townie crowd <more>
who are easily entertained. If you want something more challenging and funny to watch, go and stare at a clown with a knife in it's back. Definately not worth £5.50 of my hard earned dollars!