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Sunday, June 30, 2013

World War Z

Happy Monday, Imaginarians! Hope you all had a great weekend. I took my nephew to see one of my most highly anticipated films this year, World War Z. I was looking forward to this one because I was hoping they would liven up the book, which to me is very dry, being a series of interviews about the zombie apocalypse. Zombies must be active for me and happening right now, memories of the apocalypse are just passive and rather boring. So I was all geared up for this and was not disappointed.

The story moves fast, Brad and family are getting ready for the day and there are subtle hints that Brad has a past of some import. The little things said in the dialogue between him and his wife, played perfectly by Mirielle Enos, and the daughter questioning why his job is just to make breakfast. And the TV news in the background that he watches. Terrific, if brief character development for our hero. Soon all hell breaks loose while they just sitting in traffic. I really dug that as I've sat in rush hour traffic fantasizing about alien invasions, zombies, etc. and this movie went there. Hell to the yeah. The melee that ensues is spot on reaction by people.

From there it  relentless pace with some slow down time here and there so we can catch our breath. The action is stunning, using shaky cam effects to wonderful effect as it gives you the feeling of being right there in the midst of it all. We are creeping down the dim halls with Brad, there as the  zombies rush at him. The scenes in the apartment building as they are headed to the roof are chaotic and cool as hell. I thought it was brilliant that they taped magazines to their arms to help avoid bites.

I loved the CGI here, it was somewhat natural looking and not too cartoony as CGI can be. The scene where the horde envelops an Israeli city is amazing. And I thought the creepiest zombie ever was the woman in the glass cage at the World Health Organization lab. Yikes! Those snapping teeth and the unholy hissing along with her disturbing eyes was just ewww... I really dug the speed of the zombies and how they were drawn by noise. Forster created some wonderfully tense moments that had the audience in my theater gasping at every small sound.

There were some bad product placement, which I did not like, but I've seen worse. There was no swearing and no gore whatsoever, which are kind of important when dealing with the end of the world and zombies in my opinion. I think this movie was epic fun and you will enjoy it. I can't wait to own it.

31 comments:

  1. I haven't seen this one - PG-13 and zombies go so poorly together. Still, a recommendation from you carries import - may have to check this one out!

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    1. I was not happy with the PG 13, but I thought it made up for the gore in suspense and action. If you do get a chance, see it. Thanks for the supportive comment. :) You rock, my friend.

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  2. This was one of the most frustrating movies I've ever seen in a theater. Only Battle LA was more frustrating to me.

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    1. I loved Battle Los Angeles, so I dug the action in this one. I really did love the fast zombies and all the fx.

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  3. The performances were average. The pacing was not consistent - it went slow, fast, slow, fast, etc. The camera movement made me dizzy and I almost wanted to throw up. I was bored with World War Z. I wanted to fall asleep. I couldn't look at the film for five minutes or so during the second act - it was that terrible. I just wanted it to end and when it did, I was so relieved. World War Z is one of the worst films I've seen thus far this year. With that said, I hated the film. But I did like the fast moving zombies though and that's it.

    Awesome review, Mel!

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    1. Thanks, Livia! You are the best. :) I'm glad you enjoyed my review, even if you didn't enjoy the movie. Great minds do not always walk the same path and that's what keeps everything fun. :)

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  4. I thought as an action film, it was pretty good. But I am old school in that I like my zombie movies gory, and this one was really lacking in that department. And bummer they showed so many key scenes in the trailer. Jerusalem being overrun was the best part of the film.

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    1. I love my gore, too. I want to see lots and lots of blood and other things. ;) The scene in Israel was definitely one of the best. I also dug the airbase in South Korea. But the suspense kept me staring at the screen unable to look away.

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  5. Based on the trailer alone, I will see this.

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  6. A zombie movie with no gore? I might actually be able to watch this with my eyes open!

    And the magazine thing is pretty smart...I knew I was saving all of mine for a reason!

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    1. Yes, M.J., no gore at all, which as a zombie fan, I did not like, but it made up for that in suspense. And I knew I saved my mags for a reason, too. ;)

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  7. I heard that most people didn't like Brad playing Brad :) as he always does....

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    1. I love BRad and think he's a really good actor. ;)

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  8. I wasn't sure I wanted to see this but if the gore in minimal I might go after all.

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  9. I've been 'on the fence' about seeing this one, but I think you've convinced me. I'll let you know.

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  10. Really glad you enjoyed WWZ. Unfortunately I was far from impressed with it - it's a major disappointment for me but I am a huge fan of the book so I was always going to be hard to please

    I will see the sequel though, no point in pretending otherwise!

    K :-)

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  11. It gave us the fantastic quote: "Nature is a serial killer." It's very true.

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  12. I'm glad you enjoyed it Melissa! I was expecting this to bomb after all the reshoots, but it sounds like they made the right choices. Hooray for Brad Pitt's production company!

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  13. I will NEVER see this movie. The previews were enough to scar me for life...egads! The whole moving as a pack ant-like behavior to accomplish a goal FREAKED ME OUT. And yes, I do watch The Walking Dead. With my eyes closed a LOT.
    Tina @ Life is Good

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  14. It was epic fun and I guess they are working on the second one now ;D

    I enjoyed it...the bird like guy squawking and clicking his teeth freaked me out. We saw it in 3D-I could of used a bit more blood and some cussing!

    I agree with you!

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  15. As someone who really enjoyed the book, I'm leery of seeing the movie as I doubt it will live up to the written version.

    Still, though, I might give it a shot when it gets on Netflix :)

    Glad you liked it, though.

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  16. I give them credit for no swearing or gore - what a concept. Not my kind of movie, though, but I'm really glad you enjoyed it, my friend.

    Big hugs, and feel good.
    xoRobyn

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  17. It's so far removed from the book, that I really feel they should have just changed the title. That being said, I still enjoyed it. Doesn't re-invent the wheel, but also doesn't just use the same old zombie tricks as a crutch.

    http://www.zombiehall.com/2013/06/world-war-z.html

    I give them credit for at least trying to switch it up. Great review.

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  18. I want to see this movie for what it is, which is a zombie movie. I was a little annoyed that they were using the novel title when this clearly has nothing to do with the novel. The movie can't even be considered a prequel, because the zombies are nothing alike.

    But that being said, it does look like an awesome zombie movie. It's got to be better than P&P and Zombies.

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  19. Going to see this tomorrow. Can't wait. The trailer is crazy.

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  20. I can't wait to see it!

    .......dhole

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  21. Interesting! I quite liked the book because of the international points of view, but I can see how interviews would not an exciting movie make :-)
    I was hoping to see some of the zombies-reawakening-in-the-spring northern scenes - did those make it to the movie?

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  22. Ooh sounds amazing! And I don't even really like zombies. :-D

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