* BrokenBase: Among zombie-movie fans, whether this or the original ''Dawn'' is "better".
* CrowningMusicOfAwesome: The use of Johnny Cash's "The Man Comes Around" over the title credits and Jim Carroll's "People Who Died" over the end credits.
** Music/RichardCheese's version of "[[Music/{{Disturbed}} Down With The Sickness]]" too.
* EnsembleDarkhorse: C.J. and Kenneth.
* DamselScrappy: Nicole, whose stupidity forces them to prematurely flee from the safety of the mall (though Steve shares equal blame). [[spoiler: Unlike Steve however, she survives right to the end.]]
* NauseaFuel: Like in the original.
* OneSceneWonder: Matt Frewer and his character's early death scene.
* RetroactiveRecognition: When did [[ModernFamily Phil Dunphy]] become such a jerk?
* SpecialEffectsFailure: Looking at this version, a lot of the CG shots are pretty apparent (especially in the scene where society collapses around Ana as she's escaping from her neighborhood). Takes away a bit from the scare factor.
** In the DVD commentary, director Snyder cheerfully points out a specific example- when they cobbled together the overhead shot of Ana's neighborhood via CGI, they failed to give some of the houses any street access.
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