Skip to comments.Brainless Brad! Pitt's dumbed-down zombie film World War Z faces box-office disaster
Posted on 06/21/2013 3:03:29 PM PDT by dennisw
So, after all the hype and rumours of disaster, whats World War Z like? Well, even though its directed by Marc Forster, it reminded me of the action films made by Roland Emmerich, which range from the nearly sublime (Independence Day) to the totally ridiculous (10,000 BC).
Its slap-bang in the middle of that quality spectrum, round about the level of Godzilla.
Movies dont come bigger than this, and zombie flicks usually come a lot smaller. In Shaun Of The Dead, the undead had to content themselves with snacking on a handful of British actors in a deserted pub. Here its the future of humanity thats at stake. This time, instead of Simon Pegg, Brad Pitt is available to save us, and the skies are soon full of crashing helicopters, screaming jets and stunt people being sucked out of aircraft.
The film is impressive in its big set pieces. The initial panic on the streets of Philadelphia is thrilling, as is the fall of Jerusalem to the undead horde and an airborne sequence that might easily have been called Zombies On A Plane.
But the film is horrifyingly feeble when it comes to characterisation. All we know about Pitts Gerry is that he loves his family, but no one has given this hero any exceptional qualities. The same goes for the other characters: as uninteresting a lot as Ive seen in a disaster movie.
We never know why the powers-that-be at the United Nations think so highly of Gerry. Hes resourceful, but doesnt seem particularly brave, bright or knowledgeable. It is a central weakness that, without any particular expertise, he solves the mystery of how to fight the zombies before anyone else.
Negative reaction: The last 40 minutes of the film where rewritten and reshot
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None of the writers is at his best, and the film bears unmistakable signs of having been assembled by a Hollywood studio preoccupied with earning a family-friendly certificate.
Virtually all the violence takes place fractionally off-screen. Thats not going to please the gore-loving fanboys.
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Christ Tookey hated Mel Gibson’s Apocalypto:
it’s da pitts
I kinda wanna see it because I like seeing bad movies.... Maybe I will buy a ticket for superman and then watch as much as I can bear and if i hate it I can sneak back into the superman movie
Scouts Out! Cavalry Ho!
Why not just go see superman? It was a great movie.
Apocalypto was a great film even though it mashed together the Aztecs and Mayans. It still captured what those godless heathens were up to. What made them tick
Why not just go see superman? It was a great movie.
already saw it
It’s a zombie movie? I had no clue from the previews.
Yeah I read all the bad reviews of this. I don’t know how anyone could screw up a movie with that concept, especially with that budget, but that’s Hollywood for you. They’ll invest a quarter billion bucks for a movie but not 99 cents for a yellow pad and a pen. I mean how does this work: “Hey you know, we have no script....But let’s make it up as we go along.” That Alien franchise is another one that ticks me off. Here you got this great concept and what do they do after the 2nd movie? Hey, let’s make it the Sigourney Weaver show. Sigourney goes to prison. Sigourney becomes part Alien. What the hell was that? The whole idea hinted at in the first two, was to bring the Aliens to earth so how come that never happened? What an epic movie that would have made. WW3 with the Aliens.
But I liked Independence Day, 10,000 BC and Godzilla.
“Independence Day” was sublime?....he lost me there....totally dumb movie...
Superman (or Man of Steel as they call it) was awesome! It was a little slow in parts, but maaaaan...The battle at the end, WOW! That is definitely the best summer movie I seen in a LONG time. They went all out in thinking it through, they even made Superman a little pale, a little “off” so you got this feeling that he isn’t exactly human. That is definitely one movie I am going to watch a few more times, it blew all those other superheros movies out of the water.
ID4 was in some respects a commercial for McDonnell Douglas and a few other military aviation manufacturers.
I liked it despite its problems with plot.
I agree. I would even dare call it brilliant.
It sort of cheers me up when a big-budget movie (and what particular objectives were budgeted for, one never finds out, they just drizzled away BIG bucks) goes splatt as it falls on its face.
Maybe if the “scriptwriters” weren’t stoned out of their ever-lovin’ minds, they could string together a coherent plot. Making it up as you went along only worked for W.C. Fields.
Another thing I liked about “Man of Steel” was how the US military was a full partner in the climactic battle. Their sacrifice was just as important as Superman in ending the threat.
It’s rare to see that in a super-hero movie.
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