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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…
I never read the novel and I can fully sympathize with those who thought they were getting the film version of said book and got this instead!
Perhaps one day you will get the film that you deserved! But for now I've gotta review the film that has been presented to us! Admittedly the first time I viewed this film I did not particularly care for it! I was expecting a Zombie flick and what I got was Outbreak disguised as a Zombie film! So I guess the best way to go into ANY film is to go in without any expectations!
Having seen the Unrated Version just now I found a whole new appreciation for it! It was a…
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…
Plot a bit weak. Good action movie though, great in 3D
Well this had everything to do with the book starting at the title and ending at the title. I wanted this to be more than it was. I am curious to know what had to all be changed to make this better since this movie had a huge delay.
Focus while under urgency matters!
What a great palette cleanser after Blue Jasmine. Nothing makes you feel better than a disaster movie (I'm not joking, at this point a disaster movie was more uplifting than Blue Jasmine). Goes right into the action and never lets up until the build-up to the climax happens, and that's okay because it was extremely intense.
It's getting increasingly difficult to find any new or interesting angles on the zombie film, but that doesn't seem to stop anyone from trying (I'm wondering if Tarantino or Von Trier will be first), and this one with Brad Pitt in the lead was at least built on a beloved book. That might on the other hand have been working against it in the end, as the format of the book, an oral history, could not easily be translated into a film of the Hollywood kind.
Instead we get a kind of James Bond with zombies, with Brad Pitt barely arriving in a new exotic location before it is overrun with zombies, and I mean overrun, since these zombies are…
This film has had a lot of reported issues in production, re-writes, budget problems, complete re-shoots, it all meant that I really wasn't that interested when it came out at the cinema. The trailers looked packed with CGI which wasn't quite up to spec, and there seemed to be a lot of imagery of Brad Pitt running in slow motion.
Well, considering the above. Most of these initial fears were put to rest. Yes, there's too much of Brad running in slow motion looking over his shoulder at really important plot points amongst the chaos, and yes, sometimes it seems a strange choice to have a CGI zombie when a live action actor would suffice, but those really are the…
This is an epic-scale zombie movie that delivers a series of impressive action and suspense set-pieces. As a thrill ride, the movie is an almost unqualified success, only let down by some of the more intimate action in the early moments which are a little darkly and quickly shot to get the full effect.
Unfortunately, the film misses some great opportunities by merely paying lip service to some potentially interesting social and political commentary (Warm Bodies had more commentary than this film did!). CGI is also a little dodgy in spots, while Brad Pitt is serviceable in the lead. Not much is required of him other than a lot of running.
There is novelty in doing the exact opposite of what every other zombie movie does: rather than isolate characters away from the happenings in the rest of the world, we see zombie outbreaks on a global scale. It's a neat perspective to see thousands of zombies filling cities but it's sort of nullified by mass-CGI-army desensitization of the last decade. If anything WWZ validates the original approach as the correct one. Oh, what do you know, it's the same chaos everywhere! Damn! The meat-and-potatoes of the zombie story are all there, stock as ever, and once again having globe-trotting commandos instead of Regular Joe is a lot less engaging because we don't spend as much intimate time with them. The…
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