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The Dead Don`t Die

The Dead Don`t Die

USA/Schweden 2019 - mit Bill Murray, Adam Driver, Tilda Swinton, Selena Gomez, Steve Buscemi ...

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Originaltitel:The Dead Don`t Die
Genre:Comedy, Horror
Regie:Jim Jarmusch
Produktionsland:USA/Schweden 2019
Laufzeit:Ca. 103 min.
FSK:From 16 years
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We humans just couldn't help it. And now we have the salad: the earth's axis is shifted by unrestrained fracking - with undreamt-of consequences that cause bloody chaos in the idyllic small town of Centerville of all places. Sheriff Cliff Robertson (Bill Murray) doesn't want to believe what's going on in his town, but for his young colleague Ronald Peterson (Adam Driver) it's clear. The dead have risen from their graves and are zombies, making the city unsafe. The only thing that can stop them is to make them a head shorter. And so the policemen have to go on a zombie hunt together with their colleague Mindy (Chloë Sevigny) and the mysterious undertaker Zelda Winston (Tilda Swinton) with her samurai sword helps them. But the four can master the plague before the zombies have spread to Centerville? 

With "The Dead Don`t Die" Jim Jarmusch, the master of laconic humor, now also makes his contribution to the zombie genre. The result should have been a masterpiece. After all, Jarmusch didn't just get some great actors in front of the camera. His very special humour, paired with a wonderful play with the clichés of the zombie genre, lends a long overdue fresh cell cure to the subject, which has been heavily overused in recent years. The fact that the production also breaks through the fourth wall every now and then, Jarmusch pulls her leg and Tilda Swinton is given an exit, which seems like a homage to the finale of the "Rocky Horror Picture Show", additionally contributes to the fact that the comedy should have what it takes to become a cult movie. 

In fact - but despite all the harmonious ingredients the work lacks that special something. This impression may be due to the fact that Jarmusch lacks any form of subtlety in some scenes. This applies especially to the figure played by Steve Buscemi, which is supposed to be too obvious a side blow to the typical Trump voter. But that's not very clever, it's just a flattened implementation - apart from a small scene between Buscemi and Danny Glover. 

However, Buscemi's character is symptomatic for the whole film: The ideas are good, sometimes even brilliant, only the implementation is either too obvious or even a bit awkward. And that's just not what you're used to from Jarmusch. But even though "The Dead Don`t Die" didn't become the movie it should have been in view of the great conditions, there are still some aspects that make it absolutely worth seeing, especially for fans of weird horror food, as well as for Jarmusch fans. So at the end there remains a somewhat ambivalent conclusion: On the one hand somehow disappointing, on the other hand great in a very special way. All in all this results in a clear: Worth seeing!

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