(Spoiler Alert) World War Z review
I went to see World War Z last night and I was reluctant to do so. The only reason was because a friend of mine, former roommate, really wanted to see it. The reason why I didn't want to see it was because of the trailer, which I then used to compare to the book. I knew it was going to be a marketing vehicle for Brad Pitt and his political and environmental opinions; much like "28 Days Later" was a UK/Anti-war movie.
I ended up being correct. World War Z was a movie which Brad Pitt created to project his views on how humans are ruining the Earth and destroying civilization. It was plastered all over the movie, in the opening scenes, in the dialog, in the visuals and at the very end.
Here is the breakdown:
The visuals were good and it was the most enjoyable part of the movie. At the end of the movie, when the characters are in the WHO lab, the shuffling zombies are the best.
The audio was good, but other than that they weren't any thing special. I just thought they did a good job at the chattering teeth, the "boom boom boom" stuff.
The acting was average, but I give big Kudos to Daniella Kertesz, who played Segen, an Israeli soldier. She was very believable after getting her hand cut off.
The script sucked. It isn't any thing like the book an there were too many hiccups in the movie to make it believable. When I see a zombie movie I want the crap to be scared out of me. This movie isn't scary at all; in fact there were dozens of people laughing around me.
The direction sucked because I believe the director wasn't really directing. As I mentioned previously, this had Brad Pitt's fingerprints all over it and I'm sure the director was taking direction from Brad Pitt on a lot of stuff. After all, it was Brad Pitt's production company which out bid Leonardo DiCaprio for the movie rights.
The believability of the movie sucked because it was too convoluted. They lead you to believe that there was a Korean who got caught up in some black tar (industrial pollution or alien substance?). Then that when you turn in to a zombie you instantly have the ability to jump great distances and have super human strength. All the while telling you that the zombies are dead and have no circulation system? HAR HAR And... that the "infection" is actually looking for a suitable, healthy host to infect (they refuse to attack sick people who are terminal). HAR HAR HAR. And... that the zombies work together like ants do, showing signs of intelligence and social cooperation. HAR HAR HAR HAR!!!!
Sorry people, the more complex you try to make zombies the more unbelievable the story. I'm still scared at night to turn on the lights because of a movie called "Night of the Living Dead" which was made in 1968 for $114,000. World War Z cost $180,000,000 and uses the best of the best for CG and other special effects. Heck, even "28 Days Later" was scarier.
2/5 stars for audio and visual effects.
PS - And Max Brooks is a fucking, rich douchebag for selling out his creative rights for a lump of money.