The Dead Don’t Die
The Dead Don’t Die

The Dead Don’t Die 15

Film

Please note: This was screened in July 2019

Director:
Jim Jarmusch
Cast:
Bill Murray, Adam Driver, Alyssa Maria App
Duration:
105 mins, 2019, USA | Sweden
Primary language:
English

Set in the fictitious sleepy middle-America town of Centerville, acclaimed director Jim Jarmusch assembles his largest celebrity cast yet to take on the undead in this zombie-comedy.

Polar fracking has thrown the Earth off its axis, day and night hours are unpredictable, animals are going mad and the dead are rising from their graves to feast on the locals. The fight to survive is led by three police officers (Bill Murray, Adam Driver, and Chloë Sevigny) but by the time they realise the real need to fight back it might be too late.

With a killer celebrity cast of colourful locals (from the town’s police department to big city hipsters and even a morgue attendant samurai) comprised of the likes of Tom Waits, Selena Gomez, Steve Buscemi, Iggy Pop and Tilda Swinton to name a few more (and that’s only scratching the surface!), the film oozes signature Jarmusch comedy and dead-pan one liners creating a humorous likability between the characters both living and dead.

A subtle critique on American culture and materialism (these zombies don’t just eat flesh they also gravitate towards the things they liked when they were alive, coffee, chardonnay, tennis, the sweet shop), Jarmusch’s big star ensemble’s chemistry is as much a spectacle as the apocalyptic climate they face. In the word’s of nerdy cop Ronnie Peterson (Adam Driver) ‘this isn’t going to end well’.

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