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George A. Romero's Diary of the Dead

(2008) *** R
95 min. The Weinstein Company. Director: George Romero. Cast: Shawn Roberts, Joshua Close, Scott Wentworth, Joe Dinicol, George Buza.
At 67, George A. Romero can still kick upstart film-school horror junkies to the curb with his restless intellect and artful vitality. It sounds like a joke, but it's a compliment: Romero comes up with more creative ways to split a head open than anyone else around, which is a necessity to kill zombies in this fifth entry in the Dead series (with a sixth reportedly on the way). This time the theme is 21st century media, as owned by the YouTube/MySpace generation—a group of six college students and their drunken professor try to locate a safe homestead when the dead begin rising again. Like Blair Witch Project, Cloverfield, Look, and Redacted, Diary tells its tale from a perspective mostly made up of consumer video (raw news tape, security cameras, cell phones, streaming webcam, and HD-Cams), and Romero cleverly spins variations on his theme, from puns on "shooting" and "power" to the inclusion of a deaf Amish farmer who makes sure to introduce himself to the camera.
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