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World War Z
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…
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…
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…
Ya know, I thought I would come out of World War Z ready to write another scathing ALL CAPS REVIEW but surprisingly enough, I came out feeling pretty....
Entertained. And for the most part satisfied.
The film didn't really look interesting to me in the slightest and to say I've grown tired of the zombie fad is a severe understatement. I never read the book the film was (loosely) based on and I went in with no prior knowledge of the source material besides the basic "zombie outbreak occurs, Brad Pitt has to save the day" plot setup. I hear the book is set up with an unconventional documentary and journal style and the film is pretty much the opposite…
Most people don't believe something can happen until it already has.
The zombie genre was built on the backs of independent film makers, small studios and foreign imports. Sure you've seen plenty of zombie films with a major studio logo pop up before the opening credits, but 99% of the time that studio simply bought distribution rights to that film and didn't actually have anything to do with making it.
The genre has endured for so many decades because of film makers from the likes of George A. Romero to Danny Boyle using these films for social commentary, satire and sometimes just scaring the shit out of us. They often tell morality tales forcing…
I haven't read the book but I have heard the movie doesn't even follow the book ... good movie - nothing terribly original - looking forward to the book.
I was very skeptic when I went to see this movie. It was mainly because of all the news about the re shoots happening and the script changes so that made me a little weary on seeing this film. I have to say I was a little surprised by this film on how entertaining it was. Yes it had it standard character beats but the actual story was fun to watch and the different places Brad Pitt's character got to travel to made this movie more fun to watch. I have to say though you know when the re shoots took place because all of a sudden the movie stops it's fast paced action movie and then became a slow burn Thrilleresqe movie, but that really didn't distract me from the excitement of the movie.
One of very few zombie movies I thoroughly enjoyed. I was hooked all the way till the end.
Quite liked it. Intriguing through out. Worth the watch.
Second verse same as the first. Sharply written, ineptly directed. I didn't like THE IMPOSSIBLE at all, but Bayona still has to be a better choice for the sequel than re-hiring Forster.
Really only remarkable for the fact that it's the one film in all of history that wasn't made significantly worse by Damon Lindelof's involvement in its production.
Not as good as I'd hoped.
Admittedly, I've yet to read Max Brooks' best-selling, and by all accounts stunning, novel of the same name. However I've heard from many people that there's absolutely no connection between the two beyond the title and the basic zombie apocalypse plot.
That said, I found World War Z to be a pretty solid piece of entertainment. As a fan of both the zombie genre and apocalypse-themed movies, I was impressed by the sheer scope and ferocity of some of the riot scenes and the setpieces. In addition, I thought the script to an interesting, and slightly left-field approach to the well-worn genre.
Yes, there's no real blood and gore - one of the mainstays of the genre. But we get more than enough compensation with some incredibly taut, suspensful setpieces.
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