This is for the 2015 (1st) edition of the list. For the 2016 (2nd) edition, go here.
Life for former United Nations investigator Gerry Lane and his family seems content. Suddenly, the world is plagued by a mysterious infection turning whole human populations into rampaging mindless zombies. After barely escaping the chaos, Lane is persuaded to go on a mission to investigate this disease. What follows is a perilous trek around the world where Lane must brave horrific dangers and long odds to find answers before human civilization falls.
World War Z is about as forgettable and tiring a film as there can be. So forgettable that after two hours I have forgotten all but George Clooney.....erm, Matt Damon....oh wait.....it's Brad Pitt. I can only remember Brad Pitt's bad hair. Wait, is his hair bad? I don't know. I guess there are zombies in it, thus the origin of the apparent Z in its title. Wait, what's it called again? Anyway, some shaky cam, some running, some destruction and I guess this is considered an above average bore...erm.bockbuster. *Zzzzzzzzzz, falls asleep writing review*
World War Z has had a troubled journey to the big screen. Based on the acclaimed and sprawling novel by Max Brooks, I am reliably informed this adaptation has done away with much of what made the book so great. The film foregoes the multiple viewpoints of the source material for a more focused, but still globe-trotting, journey with a single UN employee who travels the world looking for a cure to the recent zombie pandemic. Sadly, whilst there is a novelty in watching a zombie movie on such a grand scale it soon wears off and all you are left with is a disappointingly derivative and poorly constructed action-thriller.
Brad Pitt stars as the recently retired United Nations employee…
Lacking the chilling sense of dread, escalating tension & disturbing gore that usually comes associated with this subgenre of horror, World War Z inclines more towards the action genre than horror, packs in almost all the elements of a generic summer blockbuster, and as far as the subject of zombie apocalypse goes, this is one of the lamest movies out there.
Based on the novel of the same name, World War Z tells the story of retired UN investigator Gerry Lane who, along with his family, narrowly manages to escape the zombie outbreak in his city but soon finds himself on a new mission that requires him to travel around the globe in order to find a possible cure to the…
Maybe it’s because I had seen all the low ratings from my LB friends that I went into this viewing with expectations so low I was expecting to hate it. Maybe it was because it didn’t really wrap itself in a genre that’s near and dear to my heart, as Oblivion did. Maybe it’s because I’m not really an aficionado of action pictures, but, I had a really good time with World War Z.
It was the first act that really caught me. After some perfunctory introductions and a little bit of exposition, the action comes on so fast, and so out of nowhere, that it completely caught me by surprise. It got ahead of me; I was honesty feeling…
Not Quite Hoop-Tober: Day 23
World War Z is Contagion For Dummies.
When I saw it in theaters, I thought the problem was simply that the film dumbed down its zombies to fit a PG-13 rating (and the trailer spoiling all the big visuals certainly did nothing to help). Essentially, I found that none of the film had any lasting impact, and I assumed that this was caused by the producers and the MPAA neutering the film to reach a wider audience. So I decided to give the unrated cut a try.
If anything, the unrated cut is worse. Here's the difference: fake digital blood splatter. The extended scenes look like they were cut from 300: Rise of an Empire.…
Me: Hi, man with the camera. Do you have ant hill up your ass? Or did the Zombies get you? Or are you an agitated Zombie yourself?
The first hour of this film was one of the most grimacing, cringe inducing, nauseating experiences I have ever had in the cinema hall. That was severely irritating. It had the potential to look great or even decent had the man with camera not shot the film while itching his ass, and jumping. I would not have felt that much giddiness and feeling of puking even if I were in a merry go round at an insane rpm for one hour. And the fucking 3d made it even worse. I felt like the…
It was entertaining movie and I can say I liked it. But despite being named after Max Brooks book, there is almost nothing in common. So if you've read the book, don't expect to see your favourite bits of it on screen.
A unique film in the much beloved zombie genre - because it's based on a much respected book and takes a completely different approach to the tone of the typical zombie film. I have no attachment to the book when it comes to this film - it's a different species of entertainment. I also appreciate it didn't bother me with the same tropes I've seen done and perfected by films before it... Maybe that's why I find that this film works for me and holds up to repeat viewings.
Probably one of the only times I've really enjoyed a third act/resolution from a Damon Lindelof script (or I should say re-writer, he came in to help fix the mess that was this shoot). It actually becomes a real HORROR movie after a ton of dull blockbuster-y movie bits
'A film adaptation of one of my favorite books ever? With a good cast? That opens to a song of one of my favorite bands?? What's not to love!'
I was hyped for this film, and while seeing zombies shown in gigantic griups was a specticle, I felt robbed of the brilliance the Max Brooks novel was. This film wasn't terrible but when you personally like the story they are butchering in front of you, the cuts burn so much more.
Best ever intro to a zombie movie. So tense watching the infection unfold in the background as this family gets ready to go wherever they're going. It's decidedly not the book, but I still have a fondness for this movie. Would've liked to see the trilogy.
Not the trainwreck I was expecting, but nothing spectacular either.
Holds up super well. Like how straight procedural it is for long stretches and the third act doesn't let the side down. Considering the mess of its production in stunned it turned out as well as it did.
Adapted from Max Brooks' critically acclaimed faux documentary-type horror novel, this super loose adaptation has only 3 things in common with its source material: the title, zombies and a worldwide journey to figure out the problem. Nothing more. As an adaptation, it's basic and not the good kind of basic. As a standalone movie, it still manages to be entertaining with the intensity amped up in the 2nd and final acts, particularly the airplane and W.H.O. hallway sequences being the major highlights. Hopefully, the developing sequel will correct the problems that plagued its predecessor.
The 2016 (2nd) edition of the list. You can see the original and more info here.
With a list of…
a list that is trying to contain every horror film made that is not lost and is found on the…