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World War Z Movie Review

June 23, 2013

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First of all, I have to say that I’m a fan of good Zombie movies, and by good, I mean of the calibre of Dawn of the Dead ( as well as the subsequent remake), the Quarantine Series, REC series (the original Spanish versions as well as their western remakes) and Zombie Apocalypse.

So it was with great anticipation that I looked forward to the world’s first big budget Zombie film starring my look-alike Brad Pitt.

The film was already attracting some controversy before filming was finished with rumours that the production was plagued (pardon the pun) with problems from script re-writes and budget blow-outs.

Speculation that it was going to be a dud, given that Zombie movies traditionally only have a niche following amongst hardened horror fans and little commercial appeal were perhaps a little premature.

By way of comparison, WWZ is perhaps in part, the movie that Contagion should’ve been.  Contagion was the so-called “realistic” 2011 pandemic film featuring Matt Damon where a flu-like virus ends up spreading like wildfire and killing people along the way.

The problem with Contagion however, is that it was as boring as all hell.

WWZ takes the same idea, but on steroids.

WWZ dispenses with the self-indulgent blood and guts typically associated with low-level Zombie movies and instead opts for dramatic action scenes where the infection spreads rapidly in crowded population centres from New York to Jerusalem.

From start to finish it doesn’t let up with some genuinely suspenseful scenes that will leave you on the edge of your seat.

If anything is slightly odd about this movie, it’s the way in which Brad Pitt, despite the madness and mayhem around him, manages to keep relatively calm throughout the entire show while everyone else is losing their heads (figuratively and literally speaking).

We saw it in normal D.

Three and a half stars.  Highly recommended…!!

 

 

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18 Comments leave one →
  1. June 23, 2013 6:06 pm

    Here’s how the film was supposed to have ended…

    http://www.movies.com/movie-news/world-war-z-original-ending/12638

  2. TB Queensland permalink
    June 23, 2013 6:13 pm

    Three and a half! Whoa! Still your an admitted fan … is it Gold Class worthy I want to know?

  3. TB Queensland permalink
    June 23, 2013 6:15 pm

    NOTE:

    WITH ALL DUE RESPECT TO THE BLOGMAESTER!

    HIS LINK CONTAINS SPOILERS!

  4. June 23, 2013 6:18 pm

    Aw yeah…

    I (conveniently) forgot the “spoiler alert”…

    Tee-hee…

  5. June 23, 2013 6:23 pm

    I think Gold Class is over-rated TB…

    Sure, the comfy seats are nice, but the food and wine is shite so I really cant justify the expense.

    This movie is definitely not for kids – despite the fact that there isn’t any gore.

    I would just see it in normal D… I doubt there would be much to be gained from seeing it in 3D…

    But, if you enjoy apocalyptic type movies, I’m sure you’d enjoy it….

  6. egg permalink
    June 23, 2013 6:24 pm

    The original version feels like they were setting it up for a sequel, leaving an indecisive end. Hollywood loves a happy ending.

  7. June 23, 2013 6:33 pm

    “The original version feels like they were setting it up for a sequel”

    Have you seen it egg? I’m not sure how you could arrive at that conclusion if you have….

  8. TB Queensland permalink
    June 23, 2013 7:26 pm

    Mmmm … GC are freebies (one left) from the kids (and a “goodies” voucher with about $45 left on it) … we don’t have the g/kids this week so might be worth a peek …

  9. TB Queensland permalink
    June 23, 2013 7:27 pm

    BTW … the GC menu has changed and its not too bad … anyway you can’t WTF your eating anyway … 😆

  10. TB Queensland permalink
    June 23, 2013 7:30 pm

    Anybody else getting drop-outs here? That’s my third time … only wordpress tho’

  11. egg permalink
    June 23, 2013 7:51 pm

    ‘Have you seen it egg? I’m not sure how you could arrive at that conclusion if you have….’

    No I haven’t seen it, I was reading between the lines of your link.

    ‘Gerry was hiking across frozen tundra. It’s actually a little surprising that all involved thought that this would have been a crowd-pleasing ending in the first place, though it would have set up the plot for a sequel.’

  12. public toilet permalink
    June 23, 2013 9:56 pm

    Awesome, love zombie movies.

    The Walking Dead S1, anyone?

    Looking forward to this…

  13. June 24, 2013 6:17 pm

    “The Walking Dead S1, anyone?”

    Yes, tis good also…

    Have you seen S2?

    I’ll be buying S3 on next trip to Penang…

  14. public toilet permalink
    June 24, 2013 6:25 pm

    I’ve seen em all, reb.

    I actually own the whole series (ongoing) of comics upon which the AMC show is (kinda loosely) based. Not for kids!

    Really looking forward to wwz now, particularly after your review. I appreciate your inner cynic. 😉 I don’t reckon you dish out cheap praise.

  15. June 24, 2013 6:27 pm

    Boss this is a not bad zombie movie you can watch for free on yousetube…

  16. June 24, 2013 6:36 pm

    “I appreciate your inner cynic.”

    LOL.. 😉

    And just for balance… One of the guys at work today (who’s not necessarily a zombie movie fan) went to see WWZ last night and said it was the best movie he’s seen all year…

  17. public toilet permalink
    June 24, 2013 7:28 pm

    Awesome! Cheers. 🙂

    I’ll definitely be watching that when I return to my home theatre.

    After consulting the anchor & spawnofanchor, I am authorised to take them to see wwz on the way home.

    Fuck I hate Americanised spellchecking, throws in fucken z’s in place of s’s all the time.

  18. TB Queensland permalink
    June 25, 2013 4:05 pm

    … and said it was the best movie he’s seen all year…

    And that’s a worry in itself … this world economy is playing havoc with entertainment too …

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