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January 18, 2006

Dawn of the Dead (Remake): Fundamental Plot Flaw

Look, I've watched the movie a long time ago and I loved it. I've watched it about 6 times. And I still like the movie (despite the subliminal anti-Islam message contained in the movie's titles – am I the only one to have spotted this?). So I watched it again recently and the movie has a giant, gaping plot hole – Ving's best buddy Andy is the owner of a Gun Store… surrounded by Zombies.

Now, we see him in the film shooting the odd zombie for sport. Apparently he's a crack shot. Call me stupid, but a Gun shop is bound to have thousands of bullets. He could have killed at least one zombie every 10 seconds with his rifle. Pausing for a ten minute rest every ten minutes and working away for eight hours, that's 1440 possible kills per day. Now he was there long enough to nearly die of thirst/starvation… why the hell didn't he just shoot the few hundred zombies surrounding the mall. He could have then calmly walked across the road to the mall and they all could have lived in relative luxury, with as much ammunition as they could have ever hoped to have used, a large stockpile of food and, presumably, potable water and, presuming electrical supplies held, none of them would have had to die.

Plot holes aside, the fundamental lesson we learn from this movie is that in a mall-survival situation, we all need engineers (I'm guessing preference will be for engineers). Therefore, in such situations, engineers will be able to take over the world. No more ugly women for you!


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