* AlasPoorScrappy: Bart generally comes off as an unlikable putz for most of his screentime, but it's hard not to feel sorry for him when we see his utter horror at realizing he's been bitten and hear his pitiful begging for C.J. not to leave him behind while zombies close in on him.
* 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 façade]].
* {{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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