Dead Men Running is more like it...
Being a fan of all things zombie, I had to give "Dead Men Walking" ago, despite the really crappy DVD cover. I bought the movie off Amazon,and it had what looked like a scorched zombies with broken teeth in itsmouth on the cover. Looks really cheesy, so I didn't have anyparticular high hopes or expectations for the movie.
"Dead Men Walking" should have been named "Dead Men Running", becausethe zombies in this movie are fast and agile, running around like theones in "28 Days Later". Personally, I am not really a fan of havingthe living dead running around. But hey, it is all a matter ofpreference.
There is a lot of action in "Dead Men Walking", right from the verybeginning. However, the movie is built on a fairly weak plot, so don'texpect any real brain-twisters throughout this movie. It is basicallyyour average zombie outbreak in a small restricted area. The ending ofthe movie, however I will not reveal it here, was actually a nice turnof events. That was one of the better things in the movie.
Also, there is a tendency of not showing zombie children and thegorging of children flesh in most zombie movies, though there is somein "Dead Men Walking". So that was a nice change of pace. I mean, whyshould children be spared when adults aren't? And this is a movie afterall, it is all make-believe.
The movie actually surprised me, because of all the action and thegore. Yeah, there is a great amount of gore in the movie, so yougorehounds out there will be pleased, I am sure. The action and thegore more than makes up for the lack of a solid plot in the movie.However, one thing really annoyed me, and that was the poor lighting inthe movie. It reminded me of something that was shot on VHS and thentransferred directly to DVD. The lack of proper lighting in most scenesmade the movie appear more amateurish than it actually was.
"Dead Men Walking" is actually one of the most fast-paced andadrenalin-filled zombie movies I have seen in quite some time. Theacting in the movie, well that was not really something to give highpraises about. Some people did good enough jobs, while others, well...
If you like zombie movies with fast pace and gore, then "Dead MenWalking" is well worth checking out. However, just don't expecttop-notch million-dollar budget production here.