World War Z movie FAIL


#261

I enjoyed this movie, A LOT. There, I said it.

I was one of the book readers who hated the idea of a unfaithful adaptation. I didn’t like the idea of the flowing zombies. I read about how screwed up the production was.

Despite it all, this turned out to be a very entertaining and tense movie. This to me is the popcorn movie of the year so far. This is easily the most epic zombie apocalypse movie ever made. But to enjoy it, it all starts with getting over that this is not the book’s story. If you can’t let that go, it sucks to be you.

Likes: Pure adrenaline first half, tense System Shock 2 style skulking around second half. There was a completely awesome jump scare. The first time I’ve seen a ‘turn off your phone’ reminder worked into the plot of a movie, not just a PSA before the movie starts. Manni from Run Lola Run is in this! I like the detective-ish focus to the story, it’s not just about head shots and bashing in skulls. I thought Brad Pitt did great, he sold me on the family man guy and while he’s the hero obviously, he’s not overpowered and unbelievable. I was surprised by a lot of developments, I never felt like I was ahead of the characters in terms of knowing what’s coming next.

Weak parts: Mainly the wife’s character. I thought we were past the point where women just play the wife and that’s the entirety of the character, I guess not. If Angelina played that character, would she have settled for THAT? I think not, so why make another actress waste her time?

There were obvious seams showing. Certain things are developed then…hey, where’d that guy go? Stuff like that. I’m sure that’s due to the troubled production.


#262

I liked it.


#263

I also liked it. Maybe it helped that I haven’t read the book.

I will echo the sentiment that the first half of the movie, or so, is the best part. It might just be my personal bias, because I’m a sucker for fiction about societal breakdown. Overall I liked it. I didn’t follow any of the production, so I had no idea there was supposed to be an epic battle in Moscow. It is kind of disappointing to hear it was cut.


#264

I like it, not loved it, but liked it. It has very little to do with the book, did the book have enough name recognition to help sell tickets, or did the film start off as something that resembled the book?

I have the same complaints as the other few people that have liked it, but it’s decent.


#265

So, none of the ‘questionable’ things that happen in all the countries? The whatever plan in South Africa? None of that stuff?
Sigh. I’m not big into horror writing, and as prose WWZ isn’t high art, but it is fun as hell as a read.


#266

The movie has a certain tone, fast paced summer thriller, and so does not contain the very grim elements of the WWZ book. The Redeker Plan(S Africa) and the story of the family going up north being two examples of material that would not have fit in this movie. If they ever decide to go more the horror route with the sequel then I bet they’ll find a way to work that kind of stuff in there.


#267

Liked the movie well enough to be glad I saw it. Pitt was excellent as always as was most of the rest of the cast. Very disjointed narrative. Loved the “Ravenholm” feeling of the scenes at the W.H.O… That was where the new zombies worked the best IMHO.


#268

Since my chances of seeing this at the theater are almost nil, I went ahead and spoiled the heck out of the movie for myself. All I can say is, it would need to be a stunning visual epic to undo the damage done by the terrible, terrible plot. I always enjoy Brad Pitt but this reads like absolute dreck.


#269

Biggest ever opening for Brad Pitt. $66 million.

Came in second to Monsters U.


#270

Not great. Watchable, but that was about it.

The last zombie’s chattering at Mr. Pitt through the glass had the audience tittering. Bad sign when the audience is giggling and your zombie movie is trying to play things straight.

I wanted WWZ but got The Day After Tomorrow: Zombies


#271

I was laughing at that zombie too, but I thought he was awesome - one of my favorite parts of the movie.

I thought the movie was okay overall. It starts out as a disaster flick and becomes a zombie movie in the last act. Something felt wrong about having a PG-13 zombie movie and the overuse of CGI was obscene. Even though the scenes at the WHO were the best of the movie, I thought it felt more like a middle act than an actual climax. It just kind of fast forwards to a “To Be Continued” when I felt there was potential for a much more interesting and dramatic resolution in his trial of the “vaccine.”


#272

I loved the book. I thought the movie was good.


#273

I also liked the movie and give it 7/10. It needed another 30 minutes in my opinion. I also read and like the book as well.


#274

On the 7-9 scale, 7 is “fairly bad.”


#275

I believe he meant that in the fullest Chickian sense.


#276

This is by far the biggest copout of the movie. I was really anticipating that what Pitt’s character had in mind was to use the terminal illness as a way to sneak into a heavily zombie-dense area to find Patient Zero or some other viable vaccine/cure/thing, because it clearly wasn’t a viable mass production solution to the problem but a dying Pitt navigating through the carnage of a zombie infestation would have been dramatic, tense, and cool. Instead we get a tiny fraction of that in his exit from the WHO B Wing (not even any visible signs of sickness), and then boop, he’s cured and they’ve somehow mass produced this into a “camouflage vaccine” that they’re distributing to everyone as a harmless way to make them invisible to zombies, which is patently ridiculous and makes no logical sense even given the suspension of disbelief required to support the zombies in the first place. Oh, and it’s the end of the movie and the hero and his family are all totally fine. Okay. Sure.

I liked most of the rest of the movie in that I felt the individual scenes were well shot, tense, nicely acted for the most part, and gave a general sense of things falling apart that I really appreciate in an apocalyptic scenario. The plotting was pretty bad, though, and there were occasional “c’mon, really?” moments like the plane crash that Pitt and (gorgeous) Israeli girl survive just fine, or the fall of Jerusalem just -happening- to happen as Pitt’s there at the wall, etc. And like I say above, that ending. Fuck that ending.

World War Z needs a fake documentary, though. It’s clearly the way to handle the material. Not a summer blockbuster action movie.


#277

Saw it this weekend; enjoyed it, but it felt like three very different movies stitched together into one Frankensteinian monstrosity. The first act could’ve come from any world-gone-MAD! disaster flick: something terrible happens, social order breaks down, people scramble to survive, etc.; it could’ve just as easily been the alien invasion from “War of The Worlds” or the super-flu from “Contagion.” The second act was an extended (and ultimately superfluous) globe-trotting McGuffin hunt crossed with a monster movie like “Aliens” or “Starship Troopers;” teeming hordes of sprinting monsters overwhelm defenses & charge thru weapons fire, decimating humanity through sheer momentum. The final act is the only one which feels like a true zombie flick: small band of survivors, barricaded against zombie horde, forced to forage for supplies (or in this case to test a potential cure); mandatory stealth sequence with inevitable screw-ups, etc.

I found each act enjoyable on its own, but taken as a whole it made for a . . . disjointed narrative. But whatever - I had fun, despite the eye-rolling final 5 minutes, which is all that matters for my $6.50.


#278

Where the hell are movies $6.50 instead of $18?


#279

Minnesota, for one. At least at some theaters during matinee/Monday through Thursday. If I had to pay $18 for a movie ticket I would stay home - I’d be able to buy the damn thing on Bluray for half that.


#280

Where the hell are Blurays $9 instead of $30?

Desslock, we obviously live in the wrong cities.

-Tom