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Review - World War Z

Must admit that I was of two minds when I went to see this. On the one hand the trailer looked really good, on the other hand I am not a big fan of Brad Pitt and I don't like gore, however, as the trailers were relatively goreless I gave it a try and.... I really liked it!
It's probably not a big surprise but, just in case, I'll put it under a spoiler cut...
[Spoiler (click to open)]the zombies don't win! I know, who would have guessed, right! ;) But I very much liked the way the movie gets there. Though it's never really explained why it is that Gerry (Brad Pitt) is so specially suited to be the one to go off to find the cure to save the world - really have no idea. He wasn't a scientist, or a doctor, or a soldier. Best I can figure it he was some sort of researcher of war crimes, which, *insert sarcastic voice* totally makes sense as to why he's the only one they can send. Well, pfft, it is a movie, so suspension of disbelief and all that... maybe it's just that a guy who grows his hair like that could be the only one capable, idek XD

Anyway, much adventure, mayhem, rampaging zombies, cute kids in peril, supportive wife, angst and action ensues, and even though it was a foregone conclusion that humans would persevere and come out on top, there were many edge of the seat 'how are they going to get out of this' moments and characters who you think would last wind up dead... erm, undead... dead-ish? So you're never sure what exactly is going to happen next. Very, very well done!

One thing that I found the most refreshing twist on the standard zombie movie trope is that most of the movies that I've seen have vilified the human condition and basically most of the characters that the leads come across are bad in some way. Whether it's innate or forced due to circumstances, generally humankind are portrayed as only slightly more civilized than animals and, in a way, evil because they make the choice to do bad and are okay with it. Basically it comes down to people pretty much getting what they deserve because they're inherently bad to begin with. Anyhow, in this movie there is a definite effort to show people as being good and helping each other despite the zombie apocalypse and I found it such a nice change and made a large impact on me.


Anyway, I could ramble for ages, but basically a really good movie  and even better in 3D! (Despite Brad - sorry, Brad fans, never met him, but I just don't like him, something about him just irritates me!) :)

Next up - Wolverine!

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tari_roo
Aug. 6th, 2013 05:39 am (UTC)
Hey

I probably wont see this movie, despite the happish ending :) I think the Walking Dead has cured me of all zombie things :D

But from what you've said it seems the movie has gone a slightly different direction (almost totally) from the book LOL
ferrous_wheeler
Aug. 8th, 2013 08:26 am (UTC)
Have seen very few movies where the movie doesn't disappoint when I've already read the book. Still want to read World War Z though, even if just to see what they did different :)
Am rather looking forward to - and cringing at the same time - at seeing the movie Odd Thomas that's coming out because I loved the book by Dean Koontz but I'm kind of afraid that they're going to wreck it for me. *sigh* The perils of books to movies... :)
tari_roo
Aug. 9th, 2013 08:10 am (UTC)
Oh yes, the peril of books to movies... its a tricky affair full of disappointment LOL

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