World War Z
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)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.