All 2013 releases in the UK. The final 3 aren't officially ranked as not enough of Empire's writers had seen…
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…
This is an odd assembly of a movie. It feels like two separate films that are overlapping each other - one, a slow building zombie movie. The other, a fast-paced action movie. They should fit together, but for some reason it just doesn't align as well as it should. The zombies themselves might be the main issue here, as they are never shown clearly and come across as not being all that frightening. They move viciously fast, and have none of the typical zombie movements, instead moving like ants in a large swarm. This should be horrifying, but it only comes across as intriguing and tense.
I want to compare this film with "28 Days Later", which also featured fast…
This movie blows zombie chunks.
If you attempt to get me to care about the main characters in 5 (maybe 10) minutes and then have a bunch of crazy shit go down out of nowhere, I am not going to care. Even if I did, there was nothing new and exciting about this movie to keep me entertained.
Surprised by the amount of action from the very beginning. Intense all the way through. One of the better virus breakout/epidemic/zombie movies out there.
A guy died on a wet cargo plane ramp
This movie was exciting during its action scenes - and I don't really get super pumped about action scenes so I appreciate that I was stirred - but whenever it slowed, it realllllyyyyy dddrrraagggeeddd.
No one is more annoyed I thoroughly enjoyed this film more than me.
The story doesn't make sense to me. Goes up too much at once, and all the fuss and madness left me with no interest to see this movie again. I didn't like the characters or the story. I don't identify myself at all with this movie.
"World War Z is simply surprising, yet imperfect, summer cinema with an overall charm."
It's amazing to me how wrong I was. When looking at this summer's lineup of blockbusters, I automatically told myself what I would and would not enjoy. If you've read my review of 'Man of Steel,' you know that it was a film that I swore I would love; but, I later found to be less than stellar. In the case for the highly anticipated 'World War Z,' I was expecting to hate it. I really only went to see it simply to say that I did, so that I would be able to participate in any conversations regarding the film. After about twenty minutes, I…
World War Z makes great use of a high quality cast, it has an interesting and original approach to the zombie genre and it's generally a wonderfully entertaining film to watch. What more do you want?
And let's put things in perspective here. There are far less problems here than there were in the "28 Days/Weeks Later" movies, even if this isn't doing the same groundbreaking work in its depiction of the zombies themselves. "World War Z" is more consistent in quality than we are normally used to from zombie films.
My full review is here:
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