Diary finds Romero returning to smaller-budget indie filmmaking after his disappointing last film, Land of the Dead. Good thing — going back to his roots has re-energized the man. His zombies may still lumber about — hallelujah — but his ideas and filmmaking skills are as agile and smart as ever. And, no, Diary of the Dead isn’t a reimagining of his first film, but it may be in part inspired by what surrounded it. See, the sexagenarian Romero has (rightfully) developed a distrust of all media and a fascination with blogs and video-sharing sites. This film taps into how our lives have come to depend on technology, particularly how we get news about the world. It also comments how we no longer think for ourselves — often relying on Internet opinion instead — and how our voyeuristic tendencies and what we see, real or fake, alters our perception of everything around us. None of this is to suggest that Romero slacked on the gore here, or the black humor.
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