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World War  Z

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Director: Marc Forster
Writer: Matthew Michael Carnahan, Drew Goddard, Max Brooks
Starring: Brad Pitt, Mireille Enos, Daniella Kertesz

 

Plot: A United Nations employee struggles to find a way to control a zombie outbreak that is threatening all of humanity.

 

 

Rate It: (0 – 3 guys)

 

Adam:

2guys copy

 

Klash:

2guys copy

 

Griff:

2guys copy

 

 

 

So what did you think? 

Adam – This is not exactly a zombie film, it has zombies but you are gonna see more gore and scares on an episode of The Walking Dead.  This film is more of a globe trotting thriller with a zombie backdrop.  Think a better paced Contagion, that does not make the mistake of introducing six hundred characters.  I actually ended up enjoying this film more than I thought I would despite the PG-13 rating and the feeling I was watching three separate films.

Klash - Although this isn’t the typical zombie apocalypse movie one may be accustomed to viewing hence the PG 13 rating, but this movie still provides a decent (although predictable) outcome. It has some decent CGI and surprisingly good acting.

Griff – Surprisingly not too bad. I should say up front that I haven’t read the book and I know that things play out very differently and it goes into a lot more detail about the political and social ramifications of the events etc. Since I don’t have the source material to compare it to, I thought it was a pretty decent little action movie. Lots of tension and it kept you guessing even if the ending was a bit predictable.

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Any thoughts before you saw the movie? 

Adam – Walked in with greatly lowered expectations after reading all about the troubled shoot, rewrites and reshooting.  Not to mention that my favorite screenwriter, Lindelof (Cowboys and Aliens, Prometheus) had been brought in to “fix” things. On the other hand, it is a zombie movie and stars my doppelganger Brad Pitt so I still had some hope this would turn out ok.

Klash – Even though I still have yet to finish reading the book this movie was based on, I was familiar enough with the plot and had a pretty good idea of what I was going to be viewing.  However since the first trailer premiered I questioned the casting of Brad Pitt.

Griff – This movie looked terrible to me. I think they overplayed the marauding zombie angle a little too much in the trailers. Also Lindelof was involved which usually means bad things.

 

 

Did you think this movie was fresh and/or innovative? 

Adam -It’s a zombie apocalypse film, no wait it is a globe trotting thriller, no wait it is a horror film.  This film had a hard time making up it’s mind what it was going to be.  Surprisingly, I still found myself being entertained by this mishmash of a film.  While I don’t know if I would categorize this film as fresh or innovative as a more apt idea would be that this film is a result of the maxim that necessity is the mother of all invention.

Klash - This movie was neither fresh or innovative, but I don’t feel that this warrants any serious negativity.  The plot takes on the global zombie epidemic which has been done numerous times before, but in a manner which is far less gruesome and violent than such movies as 28 Days Later and Dawn of the Dead. That said, I feel the movie was well done and successfully delivered a story which can be viewed more than once

Griff – Yeah no.

 

 

Did you think the script was well written? 

Adam -  This film had no less than six screenwriting credits and it looks like it when you watch the film.  The effect is that the script is a bit of a jumbled mess.  However, somehow this hobo’s gumbo of a film still ends up tasting good, for the most part.

Klash – Often predictable and lacking any tense and unexpected plot twists, the script seemed more action orientated with a hint of horror, the opposite of what some fans of the genre may be expecting.  Keeping that in mind as well as the plot there could have been more horror, suspense and tension spread throughout the span of the movie.

Griff - The pacing was great and it kept things moving along at a good pace right up until the end. My only complaint is that the character development is pretty weak.

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Was there a performance you really liked or really hated? 

Adam – His name is Pitt, Brad Pitt, and he can act, deal with it.

Klash -  Seeing as the movie focused primarily on Brad Pitts character there wasn’t an abundance of other performances to comment on. There were some very brief cameos by a few familiar faces but Pitt was pretty much center stage throughout the movie.  That said having been skeptical of the casting choice, I thought Pitt as per his usual style did a good job of delivering a believable character facing an overwhelming adversity which threatened the very existence of the human race.

Griff - Brad Pitt was great. I thought Mireille Enos was pretty good in her limited role as well.

 

 

Do you remember a song from the film?

Adam – Was there music in this film?  I did not notice.  Here is a zombie apocalypse tip, don’t bust out a microphone and start singing muslim kumbaya when trying to escape the zombie horde.

Klash -Nothing comes to mind

Griff - I don’t remember any songs in this one. The score was great though.

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What was your favorite line? 

Adam – “Daddy what’s martial law” Constance

Klash – “They love biting people like fat kids love Twix.”

Griff – “Mother Nature is a serial killer.”

 

 

What would have made this a better movie?

Adam - I like my zombie flicks to have more gore.  Studios handcuffing films by enforcing a mandatory PG-13 is never a good idea.  Picking just one or two script writers would have been a great help as well.  Even if god forbid you went with just Lindelof, at least the film would seem more consistent.

Klash - Keeping in mind the PG 13 rating this movie earned, I think there could have been more carnage. There was a decent amount of action but I felt there could have been more emphasis on the destruction caused by the zombies, as well as the tactics used by military forces the crush the zombie hordes.

Griff - As much as I appreciated them getting right into the action, I could have used a little bit more character development. Also, the ending seems a bit rushed.

 

 

Is it worth seeing in the theater? Or could you have waited for the DVD/Stream?

Adam - I had a good time watching this at the theater but it would not be the end of the world if you locked yourself up in your house, boarded up the windows and watched this on Blu-ray.  Maybe the Blu-ray will contain the original Russian battle scene ending that was cut from the film prior to rewrites and reshooting.  A part of me thinks that the original ending may have been awesome.

Klash – There’s nothing about this movie that makes it imperative for the viewer to see it in a theater.  Viewing this movie on either DVD or streaming video would seem as though it would provide the same viewing experience.

Griff – I am surprised to be writing this but, I think it is actually worth checking out.

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What other movies would you recommend if someone enjoyed this film? 

Adam – I recently saw this German zombie film on Netflix called Rammbock that was pretty cool.  The original Romero, Night of the Living Dead is available everywhere for streaming.  Hell it is even on YouTube streaming for free.  I am always shocked when I hear folks say they have never seen it.

Klash – 28 Days Later or Dawn of the Dead (2004)

Griff - Dawn of the Dead (the original) is still my all time favorite zombie movie. If you haven’t seen Dead Snow that is a good one, Fido is another good one.

 

 

Any final thoughts on this movie? 

Adam -  I enjoyed this film way more than I thought that I would.  The “fixing” that Lindelof  created on this film may be his best work since early episodes of Lost.  Yes, I found it hard to type that last sentence.

Klash – For what this movie lacked in the genre of horror it seemed to compensate for in action which helped to avoid boredom or loss of interest. Again a movie that can be easily viewed more than once it will be added to the blu ray collection.

Griff - Someone I know loaned me the book on CD and I just started listening to it. It definitely has a lot more to say about politics and foreign relations. I can see fans of the book being a little bit up in arms about the movie. I didn’t go in with very high expectation and as a result I thought it was pretty entertaining movie.

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  • Sebastian June 25, 2013, 8:10 pm

    The song that played many times during the film was The 2nd Law: Isolated System by Muse. The credits also have an instrumental version of their song Follow Me. That was the one with the dubstep.

    I liked the movie a lot too. I think it was actually pretty innovative in the sense that we’ve never seen a zombie apocalypse movie that treated it like a real apocalypse movie like 2012 or Day After Tomorrow. I really liked the scale of the whole thing. Yeah, I enjoyed it quite a bit. I do think the original ending would have been much better!

    • Adam June 26, 2013, 8:39 am

      Thanks for the heads up on those Muse songs, Sebastian. I heard Muse is sort of like a less talented Radiohead, would that be a fair assessment?

      I am not sure if the original ending would be better but I sure want a chance to check it out. I read that they did not even show the ending to Lindelof when he first got a look at the film.

      • Sebastian June 26, 2013, 3:18 pm

        Uh, no! Muse and Radiohead used to be sort of similar but they couldn’t be more dislike each other. Anyone who says Muse is a Radiohead ripoff is a troll.

        I’m just interested to see how they’ll do sequels with any sort of legitimate tension, since they’ve made everyone invisible to the zombies now. Where will all the danger be when you can look at a zombie from an inch away and it’s not gonna do anything?

        • Adam June 27, 2013, 9:08 am

          Sebastian, that is an excellent point. Watching a film where humanity is ignored by the “zombies” and can simply walk up to them and chop, shoot or whatever does not seem like a very exciting film.

  • Erik - Movie140 June 26, 2013, 12:15 am

    Good Review Guys! I wouldn’t say I hated it BUT it is not something I would watch again. These running zombies are quite great but the film itself is forgettable unfortunately.

    • Adam June 26, 2013, 8:40 am

      Erik I might check it out if the Blu-ray contains all the original footage or perhaps the original cut of the film. Would be interesting to compare and contrast the two films.

  • Robert (totheescapehatch.com) June 26, 2013, 5:41 am

    Great review – very thorough. I definitely could have used a little more character development. A nice scene between Gerry and Segen would have been great. Maybe right after the plane scene just to take a break, make things a little more realistic and connect us to the characters. The film is certainly a mess in some places, particularly the characters played by relatively well-known actors that only show up for a minute or two. Again, great review!

    • Adam June 26, 2013, 8:41 am

      Thanks Robert, agree about the character development and all the famous face cameos, maybe everyone wanted to say they worked with Brad Pitt ;-)

  • wordschat June 26, 2013, 6:55 am

    A mixed review from me. It is more an epidemic story than a zombie film. They are simply the result of it. Unlike The Walking Dead where we don’t yet know the cause here it is given right off and they have to find a remedy. Plenty of jumps and logical zombie activity but the resolution came too fast like an episode of CSI trying to wrapup before the final commercials.

    • Adam June 26, 2013, 8:43 am

      Mark, I agree it seemed like the film seemed rushed at times, but that is probably because of the six different screenwriter credits on the film. For all its flaws I still ended up enjoying this film more than I thought I would. I would not call it a great zombie film or even much of a zombie film but it is a decent watch.

  • wordschat June 26, 2013, 9:07 am

    I agree Adam. it is more Contagion or even that one with Dustin Hoffman but good thriller none the less.

    • Adam June 26, 2013, 10:04 am

      Mark, that is right I had forgotten about Outbreak, with Hoffman.

  • Tracy June 26, 2013, 2:39 pm

    Adam – You know it pains me to say this…..but I actually liked this one too. I know we’ve talked about how I was against it b/c of my love of the book, but yeah, I liked it.

    Great review and I agree with you on pretty much every point. There are plenty of things I would have liked to have seen, but I can’t deny that it was pretty entertaining. Even tho you are able to feel the shift of where one writer ended and the other began.

    • Adam June 27, 2013, 9:09 am

      Yup, I just read your review and we seem to be on the same page. Well actually this film had a larger hurdle to clear for you as you had read the source material. Good but not great and I was surprised I enjoyed it as much as I did.

  • Joe June 26, 2013, 6:41 pm

    Great review guys but I have no need whatsoever to see this one. Lets see some originality Hollywood!

    • Adam June 27, 2013, 9:10 am

      Joe, it was way better than anticipated, but I certainly would not categorize this one as a must see movie.

  • JavaGirl June 26, 2013, 8:36 pm

    Great review guys and very informative. Hope Adam isn’t miffed by Griff’s backdoor insult to Adam’s favorite screenwriter. Haha. Do you think the reason why it may have appeared to have so many things going on such as being a horror one minute and suspense the next due to having so many writers on it? Everyone wanted their piece in the storyline, I suppose. Nevertheless, I look forward to seeing this this weekend! :)

  • Adam June 27, 2013, 9:11 am

    Hey Java, Yes I think all the writers involved helped to make this film seem so choppy. Look forward to reading your take on the film after you check it out this weekend.

  • Table9Mutant June 28, 2013, 2:45 pm

    Great review(s). :-) Agree with a lot of what was said. I enjoyed it more than I was expecting since I told myself it wasn’t REALLY a “zombie” movie and that it would be nothing like the book.

  • Marc June 29, 2013, 4:05 am

    The book is brilliant and in order to see this film I had to make peace with it being nothing at all the same. I still had some issues with the adaptation though! That aside, I thought it was a satisfying thriller for the first two thirds with some enjoyable and tense sequences, that fell down in the final rehashed act. Anyone else get frustrated with the repetitive clumsiness of the cast?!

  • scottydynamite August 23, 2013, 5:46 am

    I just saw this one last night and brought my 8 year old and my 11 year old to the Elm Draughthouse Theater in Millbury, they were the youngest kids there. Only one ended up with nightmares. I really thought it was well done, my favorite part was the Zombies climbing that wall, I also thought the whole cure to the problem was well done and well crafted. I would have given it 2 guys myself, maybe 2.25 but we don’t do 1/4s .

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