Definitely one of the better recent zombie films
Ever since the release of the highly overrated '28 Days Later', there'sbeen a steady stream of low budget zombie movies being released; andI've been disappointed with most of them. The reason for this, mostly,is that the vast majority have too much humour about them, and althoughit is difficult to take a movie about the dead returning to life andfeasting on the living seriously; things such as dancing zombies are,quite frankly, lame. It was a relief, then, that this film takes itselfseriously; and the result is a gory, and loving tribute to the classiczombie films made by genre-icon George A. Romero. It's Day of the Deadthat is this film's main focus, but tributes to the other films in theseries shine through; as well as a few nods to other genre classics.The plot follows a zombie outbreak, which ends up in a prison after thesole survivor is arresting while trying to dispatch his friends whoended up catching the virus. The prison is maximum security, and thisproves a big problem for the guards who become the hunted after theirprisoners succumb to the deadly virus.
Before seeing this film, I thought that the prison setting may hinderthe movie; but actually, it's definitely an advantage. The closedsetting allow the film to present a constantly foreboding atmosphere,as we know that the characters are trapped with the living dead; and italso means that the movie doesn't spoil itself by trying to be tooclever. Gore is present by the bucket load, which is sure to pleasezombie fans; but the action itself is a bit of a turn off as it happensmostly in slow motion. The first half of the film sees the plot build,and while it's not exactly deep; Dead Men Walking sets itself upnicely, and in true Day of the Dead style; the climax is full on actionand gore. There's a little too much intestine ripping (I didn't hearthe words "Choke on 'em!", though), but mostly the gut-munching ispleasing to the eye. Dead Men Walking looks and feels like it's beenmade for TV, which is a bit of a shame as either better productionvalues, or a more low budget style would have served it better - but onthe whole, I'd definitely take this film over most of the recent zombieflicks without a second thought.