The Dead Don't Die

The Dead Don't Die

DVD - 2019
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In the sleepy small town of Centerville, something is not quite right. The moon hangs large and low in the sky, the hours of daylight are becoming unpredictable, and animals are beginning to exhibit unusual behaviors. No one quite knows why, and no one foresees the strangest and most dangerous repercussion that will soon start plaguing the town. The dead rise from their graves and savagely attack and feast on the living, and the citizens of the town must battle for their survival.


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Oct 18, 2019

I don't get it.

Oct 15, 2019

I hate when a movie director wastes resources.
And I think that is what happened here. A ton of talent was wasted.
It could have been a much better movie, but it is almost like an inside joke.
Only the director and a few guys understand the reasons behind the movie.
I thought the idea of Iggy Pop as a zombie was worth gold by itself, but it was wasted, like many other things. Too bad!

Sep 15, 2019

Great movie. I thought this would be like "Zombieland" but it was a lot funnier and totally different. Highly recommend if you need a good laugh.

Sep 14, 2019

T E R R I B L E !!!

Aug 21, 2019

The Dead Don’t Die

Cinema 21, Portland, OR

Preview showing 6/13

What if we made a zombie movie where no one really cares that there are zombies? A sort of dull, apathetic acceptance to the horrific and odd world events happening around them. Legendary director Jim Jarmusch gave me pretty much exactly what I thought he would--an un-deadpan (ha ha) black comedy with an all-star cast: Bill Murray, Adam Driver, Tilda Swinton, Steve Buscemi, Tom Waits, Chloe Savigny, and a slew of other cameos I won’t spoil here.

In the town of Centerville, USA (population 768), everything moves a little slower, even the apocalypse. When citizens realize the sun isn't setting, people start talking. Radio reports come in about electricity failures and other oddities taking place globally; even the head of the Power and Energy Board comes on air to assure us all that these crazy events have “absolutely nothing to do with the increase of ice fracking.”

It’s a nice little message from Jarmusch; the message rolls into something a little more personal, as when the undead return, we see them going back to “the things they did in life.” We see ghouls holding cell phones they can’t use, muttering “wi-fi” and “facebook.” Undead children looking for toys and candy. Zombified soccer moms practicing tennis. Undead dads flocking to tool stores. It plays to a larger theme of mindless consumption--cheeky, albeit effective.

I feel like critics and audiences aren’t going to go crazy for this right off the bat; this is a slow burner, deliberately paced, unflinchingly sincere in its presentation, unwavering in its self-awareness, and steadfast in its brazen humor. You’ll know what I mean if and when you see it. I think Jim Jarmusch is a great writer, and the banter he creates will be quoted between friends as inside jokes 10 years from now. It’s 100% a cult film in the making.

In a time where multiplexes are filled with Avengers and Wicks and Dark Phoenixes, mammoth sized films with astonishing budgets and record breaking box office returns, it was refreshing to see a flick that was just as aware as the audience that it didn't need to be made. Though I am glad it was.


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