* 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.]]
** Also worth noting that Steve is ''meant'' to be a LoveToHate JerkWithAHeartOfJerk. Him being a stupid, selfish asshole fits. On the other hand, Nicole is meant to be one of the likeable characters, so her poor decision making is a lot more infuriating.
* HilariousInHindsight:
** Special attention is given to a fictional store called Metropolis, that gets destroyed when the protagonists first arrive in the mall. Quite amusing since Zack Snyder ended up directing ''Film/ManOfSteel'' and ''Film/BatmanVsSuperman''.
** The third act of the film ups the action by having the characters leave the mall to avoid going mad from isolation. Fast forward to another [[Film/SuckerPunch Zack Snyder film]] where the characters are already mad - and imagine themselves as gun-toting action heroines. One of the sequences involves zombies too.
** Seeing Creator/LindyBooth as a sweet DistressedDamsel becomes rather amusing as she'd eventually get typecast into playing murderers. Likewise she ends up trapped in a gun shop, which makes it hard not to think of ''Film/CryWolf'' where [[spoiler: she plants a gun to frame someone for murder and then fools everyone with her NiceGirl fašade]].
* {{Narm}}: Just when you've got a handle on who all the characters are, the movie throws a literal truckload of new people at you.
* NauseaFuel: Like in the original.
* OneSceneWonder: Matt Frewer and his character's early death scene.
* RetroactiveRecognition: When did [[Series/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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