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.