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.
Maybe they should have called the movie “World War ZZZZZZZ” as in a snooze fest.
Are you talking about Godzilla with Matthew Broderick? Yeah that one was really good. I really didn’t understand why that got so panned. It got a little stupid in parts (did we really need Matthew Broderrick showing his Broadway chops by singing “Singing in the rain?), but that Godzilla was epic.
Most of the actors/actresses (Apocalypto) were natives or native enough or Indian enough heritage to pull it off. They had natural acting ability.
It is brilliant and Mel Gibson’s best work..... Well the first two Mad Max movies were great
I just started reading the book. Haven’t seen the movie.
To me he is the best director going, but he's severely bipolar. One of the REAL bipolars out there, not one these Hollywood drug addicts who use it as an excuse by doctor shopping. And he never blamed all those outbursts he had on being bipolar which of course nobody ever mentions.
2 years after an epidemic that nearly wiped mankind off the face of the earth, a UN writer has collected some of the stories of the survivors from all over the world. Tales of human nature, insights into other cultures, of Government bureaucracy, corruption and denials that almost cost our very existence against a relentless foe. A foe that never runs, has no concept of fear or mercy; a foe that never sleeps, never feels pain, remorse, fatigue, heat or cold - and how humanity came back from the brink.
It's a foolproof script ... but leave it to Hollywood to wreck a story that has won acclaim all on it's own. I have read the book several times - there are lessons to be learned in that book; lessons about what governments WILL do, for self-preservation, what greed will do, how greed and corruption will work together without a thought to consequence. Zombies? They are just the antagonist - the REAL enemy is the living.
The reviewer is a moron who seems to believe that if he pretends something doesn't exist, it never did.
Wow...was there another Superman movie released this summer? Because what you’re describing couldn’t have been “Man of Steel.” That movie sucked big time.
Just saw WWZ wife and I both liked it.Had sleepy horror movie feel to it,more realistic than most movies weve seen.Other than glorifying the UN and WHO we felt it was scary in a realistic way.I reccomend it.
I’m looking forward to Copperhead. Not sure of the release date, probably over the 4th since it’s about the Civil War - I’m thinking in honor of Gettysburg.
It’s the perfect movie, eating popcorn when its snowing out side on a Saturday afternoon. ;-)
I thought “Apocalypto” was an absorbing, exciting, and amazing film.
I was immensely impressed by the courage and tenacity of the Woman GIVING BIRTH in a huge pit that was rapidly filling with water...YIKES!!!!
And I had NO trouble following the Nahuatl dialogue and subtitles. There was so much action that the story was obvious without the subs.
Just a note regarding the demographics...I am female, part American Indian, and a Senior Citizen! LOL!
I caught the “eclipse thing” too.
Islam was as much a pain in the a$$ then as it is now.
You're joking, right?!
If they had named the monster Iguanadon instead of Godzilla, I could have saved the money I spent taking my family to see it.
I’m waiting for ZOMBIES VS. VAMPIRES.
That was hokey as all get out! But I love hokey and I loved the movie too.......I suspect I'm going to like WW-Z.....
When it comes to Zombie movies, I'm thinking zombies, killings and survival, not character development or oscar nominations...........
The only thing which saved Independence Day was a likable cast.
“When it comes to Zombie movies, I’m thinking zombies, killings and survival, not character development or oscar nominations”
I’m a fan of The Walking Dead. Pretty sure WW Z won’t come close. But I’m still interested.
“Copperhead” is terrific. Directed by Ron Maxwell, who directed the classic “Gettysburg.”
I couldn’t wait for it to come out - so that I could boycott it!
Independence Day was the last movie I saw on the massive screens they had outside Woodfield Mall (Chicago area) before they tore them down. Haven’t enjoyed a movie so much since....
Now that's zombie of a different blood type.......me too.
They will consider it a success if it makes 70 million over it’s run per boxofficemojo.com. I cannot imagine it not making that much. I don’t find the movie very interesting so I won’t be going, but I still think it will make money. This spring as been a boon for Hollywood. They are making so much money that even if World War Z bombs, it won’t matter.
Christ Tookey hated Mel Gibsons Apocalypto:
Was it any good?
Oh cooome on! That was awesome! His foot took up an entire block! i saw it in the theater as well. I don’t know, maybe because I was living in New York city at the time and I liked to see it destroyed, but that Godzilla was the best out of all of them. That blond chick was completely moronic, but Godzillla crashing through the Pan Am building was EPIIIIC!
Oh are you kidding me? What?? What didn’t you like about it? I thought is was the best! How can you not like that huge battle at the end with Gen. Zod? That was crazy!
The best movie I have seen in awhile is Now You See It.....Go see that movie. You will NOT be sorry!
You mean this one?
Alright I’ll check it out! I LOVE movies and I’ve never heard of this one. Sounds like a sleeper hit.
If that is Olympus has Fallen then wait until it turns up in the bargain bin. The plot had holes you could drive a truck through.
I loved it! It was a great movie!!! I think you should tell people to see it and make their own mind up on the movie. You are the first that has not loved it.