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The Dead Don't Die, Jim Jarmusch's new zombie apocalypse comedy starring Adam Driver and Bill Murray, works better as an idea than as an actual movie. I can't tell you how many times I scrubbed back and forth on the day the trailer came out to hear Adam Driver say "ghouls" ("guouuls"), or to watch Tom Waits pop up from behind a bunch of bushes wielding binoculars. The Dead Don't Die, which just premiered at Cannes, is billed as a loving callback to '60s B-grade monster movies. Unfortunately, Jarmusch embraces all of the tired, outdated tropes of the genre, and none of the good.
The town of Centerville, "A Real Nice Place," is about to feel the effects of a global catastrophe. Shaken from its axis by "polar fracking," the Earth has been destabilized, and the rules of nature are out of joint. Naturally, this means that the dead are free to walk the earth, bursting from their coffins and digging their way to the surface, intent on consuming the flesh of the living.
Small-town cops Ronnie (Driver) and Cliff (Murray) are caught up in the middle of it, and must help the citizens of their town survive the onslaught, or die trying. Other key players include Danny Glover as Hank, a diner regular, Caleb Landry Jones as Bobby, a video store employee, Selena Gomez as a hipster from the big city, and Tilda Swinton as a Scottish funeral director with an extended katana-wielding scene.