Friday, June 28, 2013

World War Zzzzzzz (5/10)

DIRECTOR: Marc Forster

World War Z isn’t a terrible film, but it definitely falls flat. First of all, a PG-13 zombie movie? Really?  I’m not one of those people who think movies need to be violent to be good, but come on, these are zombies we’re talking about. A zombie film without blood just isn’t the same. The zombies are more 28 Days Later than Night of the Living Dead ; they’re fast and aggressive. They’re also designed well as they look pretty cool.
Also, what is the point of calling this World War Z? I haven’t read the book, but I’ve heard that it’s completely different than the source material. They could have just called it Generic Zombie Movie with Brad Pitt and probably would have made just as much money. The book reportedly contains lots of political and social commentary, very little of which is to be found in this film.

World War Z’s main flaw is that it’s just kind of boring. The filmmakers use numerous horror movie clich├ęs to create tension, but it never quite works. The frequent use of shaky camerawork doesn’t help matters. 
The movie had a huge budget and you get the sense the filmmakers tried to make the movie as broad and appealing as possible to make up for this, but this just leads to a mediocre, milquetoast product. It’s hard to care about any of the characters; besides Brad Pitt, none of them are really fleshed out. Even Pitt delivers a wooden performance below his usual standards.

RATING: 5 out of 10

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