The peaceful town of Centerville finds itself battling a zombie horde as the dead start rising from their graves.
Starring: Bill Murray, Adam Driver, Tom Waits, and Chloe Sevigny
Written and directed by: Jim Jarmusch
Bill Murray and Adam Driver teamed together…unusual but could work. Leading a cast of stars including, Tilda Swinton, Tom Waits, Chloe Sevigny, Danny Glover, and Selena Gomez…why not? To top if off fighting the undead…sounds good! Or maybe not!
“The Dead Don’t Die” takes place in the small town of Centerville. A very slow moving town where nothing much seems to happen. In a way, it’s kind of like the movie. The movie takes on the pace of a slow moving zombie, and never picks up. The audience will sit there waiting for that kick ass zombie fighting scene to come, but sorry it never does. Yes, there's a little zombie fighting, but there’s not much to get excited about.
Another thing the audience will be waiting for is the true Bill Murray to make an appearance because zombie Bill is all they get. Officers Robertson (Bill Murray), Peterson (Adam Driver), and Morrison (Chloe Sevigny) are suppose to serve and protect, but of course the dead aren't going to die if they pretty much do nothing to stop them! If they aren’t standing by the window of the police station, they’re driving around watching the zombies destroy the town. There are many scenes when Robertson and Morrison are just there having an extremely casual conversation about whatever is going on. It’s there that you would expect a great line from Bill, but nothing. These awkward scenes seem to fit Adam better, and one of the funniest things in the movie involves him instead.
As for the rest of this cast of stars, they might as well all be zombies too. By the time any of their characters get anywhere, they die! They truly could’ve got any actor to play most of those roles. Probably the only interesting character is Zelda (Tilda Swinton) just because she’s so weird, and has one of the most random things happen to her in the end.
It’s a real shame they couldn’t do more with this movie. They do something intriguing by having the zombies come back drawn to their favorite items, or activities when they were alive. It would have been nice to see more of them then some of the useless scenes of the living. One of the taglines for “The Dead Don’t Die” is “the greatest zombie cast ever disassembled.” With the zombie like pace, performances that could’ve been done by anyone, and need for more zombie action, they should never have been assembled to begin with. Because this movie should be put back in the grave, I give it one pool of blood!