Scott Hardie: “It ruled.”

Here's what the 2004 remake wasn't: Satirical, interested in more than itself, smart beyond a technical proficiency. Make no mistake, it's a zombie horror film first and foremost, but more than once it transcends its material with undue brilliance. There's no layer of ironic self-awareness here, no characters created only to be zombie food, no artificial tension between the main characters because one of them was a born jerk. It's funny, honest, well-photographed, totally engrossing, and tense as all hell. This is how the genre is done.

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