WORLD WAR Z: What Are The Critics Saying?
The first wave of reviews for World War Z have hit following its premiere in the UK yesterday, and while the initial response from US critics on Twitter was a positive one, these reactions are far more mixed. It seems that this is a zombie film which lacks any serious bite!
World War Z apparently had a very difficult journey to the big screen, with reports indicating that the studio weren't happy with the lack of action in an early cut and new writers being brought in to totally redo the final act. Regardless, the film is now finished and being shown to press around the world. While we saw some positive reactions on Twitter recently - which you can read by clicking HERE - the full reviews are a little more mixed. However, it certainly sounds as if it's worth checking out, but just not particularly groundbreaking! Have a read of some excerpts below.
"Diehard zombie fans may find there's not enough gore, no lingering close-ups of the undead feasting on entrails, but grossness is replaced by a richly thick atmosphere of constant threat. The hellish tableaux of cityscapes where the masses are made to look like colonies of bacteria blooming in a petri dish are truly horrifying, and Gerry is always an inch away from being swallowed up in it."
SOURCE: Digital Spy
"Zombies are becoming too archetypal a concept in cinema, and it requires something really innovative to fully justify spending a lot of money to re-enter the world of the undead, and though this certainly has its moments, it’s just not quite creative or original enough. That’s not to say it’s not worth seeing mind you, but before you discuss this amongst peers, you’re going to have to settle on whether it’s called World War Zee, or World War Zed. The latter will get you brownie points on this side of the Atlantic that’s for sure."
SOURCE: Hey U Guys
"Zombie fans will also be bored by the occasional derivative element that pops up, the kind of stuff that any Walking Dead viewer already has figured out. But largely, World War Z is less a zombie movie than it is an intense thriller that just happens to have zombies all over the place. The film's final moments hint at the possibility of a sequel, and I for one would be up for more adventures in this particular land of the dead. World War Z is a big, sweeping -- and fairly fresh -- take on the age-old zombie genre."
SOURCE: IGN Movies
"At least the film has one neat trick: in the Israel sequence we see Boschian wide-shots of zombie hordes coursing down streets and sluicing over barriers like a great, monstrous flood. This chimes with the footage of swarming insects in the opening titles, and suggests that the film may have once had a point to make before the rot set in. But there’s no heart to be found amid the guts."
SOURCE: The Telegraph
"Despite a lavish budget heading for $200 million (£131 million), World War Z borders on a damp squib for traditional zombie fans. More an action blockbuster than a horror squelcher, it contains spectacular crowd scenes that have an Hieronymus Bosch quality, but the film lacks strong meat — of the emotional and bloody zombie-cannibal sort."
SOURCE: The Times
"Conspicuously bloodless, the PG-13 rating rears its family friendly head whenever the camera gets too close for comfort, and a dumbed down finale looks suspiciously like a scene from every zombie flick that’s ever been made. But it’s not just the intestines that are missing – with Lane’s family crisis set against such a monumental backdrop, WWZ is sorely lacking in heart (and with it, any genuine sense of danger). Choosing quantity over quality, intensity over tension and big-screen thrills over low-fi shocks – this is probably what the zombie apocalypse will actually look like."
SOURCE: Total Film
The story revolves around United Nations employee Gerry Lane (Pitt), who traverses the world in a race against time to stop the Zombie pandemic that is toppling armies and governments and threatening to decimate humanity itself. Enos plays Gerry’s wife Karen Lane; Kertesz is his comrade in arms, Segen.
Brad Pitt as Gerry Lane
Mireille Enos as Karin
James Badge Dale as Captain Speke
Lucy Aharish as ???
Julia Levy-Boeken as ???
Matthew Fox as ???
Elyes Gabel as Fassbach
Bryan Cranston as ???
David Morse as ???
Abigail Hargrove as Rachel Lane
RELEASE DATE: June 21st, 2013.
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