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World War Z (2013)

Director:
Marc Forster
COUNTRY
USA/UK
GENRE
Science Fiction/Drama/Action
NORWEGIAN TITLE
World War Z
RUNNING TIME
116 minutes
Producer:
Brad Pitt
Dede Gardner
Jeremy Kleiner
Ian Bryce
Screenwriter:
Matthew Michael Carnahan
Drew Goddard
Damon Lindelof


Cast includes:

CHARACTER ACTOR/ACTRESS RATING
Gerry Lane Brad Pitt
Karin Lane Mireille Enos
Thierry Umutoni Fana Mokoena
Segen Daniella Kertesz
Captain Speke James Badge Dale
Ex-CIA Agent David Morse
Jurgen Warmbrunn Ludi Boeken
Parajumper Matthew Fox
Andrew Fassbach Elyes Gabel

 

Review

In Hollywood, making zombies interesting is about as difficult as making teenagers survive a trip to a cabin in the woods, and World War Z proves little else than the fact that the movie business are no longer at the cutting-edge of good ideas in this genre; there's nothing here that either hasn't been done before on film or isn't being done better as we speak on TV's The Walking Dead. First of all, the entire premise of this film has got all but no originality, and secondly the realization of it has not become a story so much as a transportation of Brad Pitt from one location to another, where his character - as the only one - keeps fighting off the film's uncontainable, ceaseless antagonists. The makers of the film seem to have mistaken quantity for quality, but without characteristics, limitations and purpose, these zombies have nothing to define them and nothing to give the story any resistance. The result is a film which starts in medias res, goes on to a pointless middle-part, peaks with a fine segment aboard a plane, and then ends with the hero's (and committee of writers') one good idea, which still is too predictable and not really brings the story to any conclusion - other than the fact that there seems to be a sequel planned. Granted, the production is great and the film has drive, but that counts for little when it has nowhere to go. Brad Pitt, however, does a fine job - albeit mainly by looking so great at almost 50.

 

Copyright 19.9.2013 Fredrik Gunerius Fevang

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