Residents of an island battle a zombie epidemic and search for a way to bring their dead relatives back to life.
" Big set pieces showing how atrophied Romero's cutting and tactical framing have become is depressing to anyone who has valued his films for more than just splatter. "
" At best, Survival's ending, with a riff on "beating a dead horse," may be taken for evidence of self-awareness. "
" Survival of the Dead almost never snaps into focus. Even its oxymoronic title doesn't work. It feels marginal, like an extended footnote. "
" Placidly photographed and lacking in urgency, Survival shows us the living flailing at fate and the dead just flailing. "
" It has been six days since the dead began to walk, and a powerful emotion is gripping the land. Boredom. "
" Shuffle, shuffle, limp, limp. That's not the shambling gait of the zombie hordes in George Romero's Survival of the Dead, but the draggy pace of the movie itself. "
" George A. Romero's entertaining new zombie feature shows that you can't keep a good man down. "
" There are some memorable images, including the sight of a beautiful, horse-riding ''dead head.'' But for much of the movie, Van Sprang's zombie fatigue seems to be an echo of Romero's own. "
" Like the literary monster mash-ups that have invaded the best-seller lists, Survival of the Dead mixes genres and milieus with absurdist glee. "
" What we've got here is a just a B-movie western with buckets of gore, which might be fine coming from a Romero wannabe but not from the genuine article. "
" Steeped in fan-pleasing gore but woefully thin on ideas, originality (beyond new zombie-offing methods) or directorial flair. "
" Even Romero's staunchest fans might conclude their hero is going through the motions here. Yes, almost like a zombie. "
" Romero is using better actors than in the past, which helps. But they are hobbled by a sometimes nonsensical script with logical lapses even genre fans will find hard to swallow. "
" For the first time, a Romero zombie movie feels as if it was rushed out. "
" The hurtful truth is that others -- many others -- have co-opted Romero's whole living dead thing and have been doing it with more style than the Pittsburgh zombie auteur is capable of these days. "
" Romero's Hatfields-and-McCoys setup feels more random than creative, and the idea that they're all Irish -- or cowboys! -- is more desultory still. "
" A lot of Survival seems stale, as if Romero were growing bored with his own redundancies. Now in the final years of an uneven career, Romero needs to get out of his comfort zone. "
" After you've seen, oh, I dunno, 20 or 30 zombie movies, you sort of stop caring very much, unless something new is going on, as in Zombieland. "
" Survival of the Dead never comes alive. It feels constrained by a low budget, short running time and the outdated conceit of slow zombies trudging toward fresh victims. "
" I suppose it's nice that Romero has a hobby, but he couldn't be more of a bore if he were showing off his pine cone collection. "
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