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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…
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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.…
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…
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…
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It doesn't have a brain in its body, but World War Z has enough action to make a relatively entertaining viewing.
I watched this movie a while back and enjoyed it. One of the biggest criticisms of the movie that I saw was that it deviated from the book. Last week I listened to the audiobook of World War Z and I have to agree with those criticisms, they are two different stories. I rewatched the movie, watching the unrated version this time. I didn't really see too much of a difference between the rated and unrated versions, but it has been almost a year since I watched it originally. It's an enjoyable zombie flick and I'll probably watch it again in the future.
Gave it another chance, and it only reaffirmed my disgust with it. The book is excellent; A fictional zombie war, told in retrospect from several points of view, offers interesting dissection of global politics, and the ripples of economic collapse. The film offers (poor) CGI zombie hordes, and PG-13 bloodshed, and a main character that never existed. Sloppy, incoherent, and boring above all else. The production issues are glaring, and Brad Pitt has never been less engaging. A shameful cash grab, and even even more insulting to the zombie sub-genre.
Some nice big action set pieces, but the movie's success is in the casual details (which go unhighlighted) and the predominantly personal-scale action. The movie winds down without a final explosive act; this left me feeling a little dissatisfied in the short term but more satisfied with the movie on reflection. An interesting choice.
You can't do much better than this when it comes to shooting a global zombie apocalypse. World War Z is at times disappointingly conventional, but it's nonetheless a heart-pounding action bonanza.
'World War Z' interestingly enough is a pretty good blend of exciting summer blockbuster mayhem, really well-handled suspense, and a welcome straightforwardness. It's not plot heavy, it's very A-to-Z, it chugs like a well-kept locomotive. Thankfully, it's not too bland, in fact it's elevated by good acting from all the players and a pretty consistent script. The script isn't anything new or fresh, but it more than does its job... And it oddly does it really good!
Sure it's nothing like the book (it's pretty much 'World War Z' in name only), but there's good build-up and the actual zombie attack stretches are shot well, edited well, and get the pulses pounding. The more intimate scenes set in tight spaces…
I understand it completely trashed the image of the book, but as a standalone film I didn't find it terrible.
The book had a lot of potential as a film, but was never really going to crossover into the mainstream Hollywood scene because of its complexity. While the film offered little that we haven't previously scene in viral outbreak zombie films, what it did offer was a well shot, and decently scripted screenplay that made something of itself.
Remember we would never have gotten Kubrick's The Shining if he hadn't have deviated insanely away from the book. I understand this is in a completely bi-polar boat to that circumstance, but as a zombie film it certainly wasn't a bad one.
As long as you understand that this film has little connection with the book, then it's not too bad. A perfectly serviceable addition to the zombie canon.
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