World War Z Reviews
|José Carlos Á||
January 28, 2015
Although the story differs almost entirely from its source material and the script has many cohesive failures, Brad Pitt's outstanding performance and Marc Forster's tense direction should be enough to make "World War Z" an entertaining film that leaves you wanting more.
January 25, 2015
World War Z was quite entertaining. Brad Pitt was good, Bryan Cranston was good and I really liked Peter Capaldi as the W.H.O. doctor (irony there). But the film is essentially no different from any other zombie genre movie. And thats the problem, because it tries to be. The film is rather predictable and the ending is basked with Hollywood's line-up of all-star clichés. The film does nothing to separate itself as a satisfying blockbuster on its own premise, because its so related to everthing else Hollywood has made. I really did enjoy the performances, but the premise is "been-there done-that" and lacks the punch you might expect. Overall, this film is good but falls flat of what it should have been with an unoriginal screenplay and generic narrative
January 24, 2015
With a promising start, but terrible conclusion. It makes for a promising roller coaster ride, which ends being terribly underwhelimng. A pastiche for any zombie lover.
June 27, 2013
running zombies, unrealistic everything, its def a movie for a non-zombie fan
January 19, 2015
I have not read the book, so this is strictly going on the film itself. Good ideas, but very muddled and confusing in places. However, Brad Pitt's performance hold this all together for a generally enjoyable movie experience despite the flaws.
September 19, 2013
Acting - 7
Writing - 6.5
Dialogue - 7.5
Plot & Characterization - 6.5
Cinematography & Editing - 7.5
Soundtrack/Score & Set Design - 7
How much I enjoyed it personally - 6
July 1, 2013
Very well done--the first big budget zombie apocalypse film.
December 1, 2014
World War Z is so mediocre it's...well...mediocre
March 27, 2014
Not nearly as smart as some critics claim, but WWZ still delivers some crazy action and set pieces.
June 11, 2013
Bring your guns, bring your knives, bring your swords, bring your bombs and be prepared for WWZ. I'm expecting this movie to be as better as the novel
January 11, 2015
For a zombie flick, it was actually better than I expected it to be.
June 24, 2014
Pretty cool thrilling little movie. Tons of funky creativity, a ton of quiet, scary tones. Lots of plot twists and one of the better movies to discuss with your friends as it really rocks and is one of the best of the year. I just enjoy these stealth chase movies so much as the animals/zombies jumping out at you was done in a perfect manner that leads to some very jaw-dropping scenes. I was very pleasantly surprised and one of the most fun, creative, joyous to look at movies in the past while.
January 7, 2015
This wasn't horrible. It was watchable, but the ending was rushed and lame.
June 8, 2013
The best apocalypse film I have seen in a while, there are rarely any slow bits but when there is it isn't that long until you are back into the action. Wasn't that scary but the intensity made up for it.
January 4, 2015
It was refreshing to see a movie take a different direction on zombies. Great movie.
January 3, 2015
Starring: Brad Pitt, Mireille Enos, James Badge Dale, and Pierfrancesco Favino
Directed By: Marc Forster
Based (very, very loosely) on the novel by Max Brooks. Former United Nations employee Gerry is tasked with tracking down the origin of a killer virus spreading a zombie epidemic all over the globe.
This movie needs to be remade. Not because it's terrible, but because it has next to nothing to do with the book. I'm a big fan of the book, so I was pretty disappointed with how this ended up. However, this has been covered in plenty of reviews already, so now that I've brought it up that's all I'm going to mention about it. I hope it gets redone or at least is given a sequel that has more to do with the book.
After I saw the trailer, I decided to skip it originally. Flash forward to almost a year later and I was talking about the movie with a friend, and he loaned me his copy to watch and find out of it was a good stand alone movie.
Brad Pitt does a good job, but his character isn't overly interesting. The rest of the cast is built up of various supporting characters like James Badge Dale, David Morse, and the W.H.O. Doctor characters that are more interesting than others like Daniella Kertesz's Israeli Lieutenant. The only ones I cared about were the soldiers led by James Badge Dale at the South Korean base. I'm quickly becoming a fan of his acting after his turns in Iron Man 3, The Lone Ranger, and now this.
Nobody else really left much of an impression on me.
(SPOILER WARNING, but nothing revealed you wouldn't have guessed from the trailer.) The airplane scene was very dumb. 1) how was the zombie completely quiet the whole take-off? They freak out at the slightest sound and he would have started banging on the door almost immediately. 2) It's just way to convenient that the only ones to survive were the two main characters. Now I can suspend my disbelief more than most people when it comes to movies, but that's just not an excuse you can use for some movies. Silly action movies, yes. Science based thrillers, not so much.
Also Gerry's solution for the zombies seemed like he pulled it out of thin air on what little he knew and based his theory on.
I can't say I was a fan of the insect swarm-like behavior and fast movement of the zombies. I respect the filmmakers for trying something different, but it just didn't work for me. I found them less scary and unnerving then the usual zombies we see.
I did love the moments where we first see the virus take hold of someone. The countdown method they used and giving Gerry a way to figure out how long it takes for someone to turn was really clever. Also his reaction to thinking he may be infected was a nice change as well. The scenes towards the end were also good and felt a lot more suspenseful and felt more like a zombie movie to me.
I would say this movie has two good halves, but they don't work together as a whole. If I had to guess why, it would because of the rewrites done after they had already finished filming and then having to go back and do re-shoots. If they had a little bit more time, I think they could have made it fit together a little better.
It does have some good scenes, both in the first half and the last half. Fans of the book shouldn't get their hopes up at seeing a good adaptation, but can still enjoy a decent zombie movie. Worth a rental.
7 Reels Out of 10
"Looks like we just woke the dead. In that respect, please turn off all pagers and cellphones."
January 3, 2015
A more original take on the zombie genre - if that is really what it is. And it helpfully doesn't answer the question. It moves quickly and without any particular cliches. Not overly melodramatic and Brad Pitt plays the lead role well.
June 3, 2013
I expected this to be awful, but in fact it is a really interesting twist on the often tired and formulaic genre which is zombie movies. It wont win awards, but kept me mildly amused for the near on two hours. Well worth a watch for some mindless fun.
December 14, 2012
filled to the brim with unnecessary and boring characters. Unless your a zombie movie fan/Brad Pitt fan, pass on this one
December 28, 2014
Pitt can make a tired, predictable movie watchable, but how many ways can you twist a zombie film?