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Monday, June 24, 2013

Why Brad Pitt's World War Z sucks, and why no one is saying so

After watching Brad Pitt's World War Z, one of my former students posted this comment on Facebook: "So, you guys know how World War Z the book [by Max Brooks] is a thoroughly researched, well thought-out, nuanced exploration of how the various institutions of the globe might respond to a pandemic such as that of the actual zombie apocalypse? The movie is literally none of those things."  So far, this is the truest and smartest statement I've seen made about the lackluster, not scary, not politically savvy or interesting, not smart, nonsensical and extremely boring film version of Brook's very cool, polyphonic, fake oral history of the zombie war.  


First let me just say that I'm an unashamedly huge fan of the zombie apocalypse genre.  I love both the horrific concept of someone you knew in life potentially eating your face off after death; I love the metaphorical content afforded by the concept of the zombie, the way that the walking dead show us so much about the mindlessness consumption of the living in late capitalism, the soulless nature of the modern condition, the fear of various "others," and the certainty that we may encounter in the not-too-distant future a virus, man-made war, or natural disaster that releases our inherently -- or Kantian -- evil nature.  

When the genre works, it works, which is why I love Danny Boyle's 28 Days Later, an utterly terrifying vision of England post-zombie apocalypse, a world where the evil done by human beings in the aftermath is more horrific than anything done by those fast as hell zombies.  It's a premise that AMC's The Walking Dead tried to plagiarize in this last season, possibly because it's such a terribly misogynistic train wreck of a show that it was willing to try this route.  It's why I love the sequence in Edgar Wright's zombie apocalypse parody Sean of the Dead in which Sean wanders out into the post-apocalyptic world and doesn't notice that anything's different, because in many ways, nothing is.


 Sean (Simon Pegg) the day after the end of the world

It's why Ramero's classic socially aware zombie trilogy is so terrifying, provocative, and, yes, funny, particularly, in my opinion, 1978's Dawn of the Dead, which is set in a suburban shopping mall.  And even though the concept and representation of the zombie as mindless consumer and as animated, soulless corpse has evolved over the years -- from seemingly aimless, slow moving masses that, despite their lack of speed, kill you anyway, to fast and even super-fast swarms, social creatures who warrant occasional sympathy (as is the case in the first season of The Walking Dead, for example, or, even more outrageously in Jonathan Levine's Warm Bodies) -- I have to call foul when the rules established by the historical lineage of the genre are completely disregarded.

This is the problem I'm having with what's happened to vampires of late.  Vampires that don't drink human blood?  Not vampires.  Vampires that go out during the day?  Still not vampires.  


 Ah, Edward.

And this is part of the problem with World War Z: its zombies are having an identity crisis.  First of all, are they zombies or aren't they?  The film never really takes a clear stance on that one, and, as a result, the audience has no clear sense of what is happening or why it has happened.  There are swarms of really fast dead looking people ready to ruin your day -- and succeeding with great skill.  These things are seriously lethal: once bitten, victims change in a matter of seconds (no time for introspection or reflection), and once they change, they're pretty much going to change everyone else around them.  This zombie apocalypse could be a fabulous metaphor for what a global pandemic might look like.  But unfortunately, it isn't, because this movie just isn't that smart. 

There's no real development of the pandemic narrative; hell, there's no development of any character or any narrative whatsoever, nor any explanation of what the fuck makes Brad Pitt's Gerry Lane the go-to guy for saving humanity.  But -- and here's the other reason why this movie sucks -- there doesn't need to be: World War Z assumes that we'll just buy Pitt as the sole source of salvation because the beautiful white man always saves humanity in mainstream American films.  And just look at Pitt in all of his Robert Redfordesque Christ-like glory (see the picture below), traipsing off to -- you guessed it -- Jerusalem just in the nick of time to save a few people as the zombie mass comes spilling over the protective wall (drawn, as this mass seems to be, by the singing of silly young women who don't know that these zombie things are "activated" by sound).  How could he not save the world?

The scarf about drove me crazy.  Why bother to accessorize at the end of the world?

So spoiler alert: Pitt's character saves the day, arriving always at just the right moment, in just the right place, with just the right sense of ineffable insight, and just the right sense of fashion.  He figures out that dosing himself with a deadly but curable disease will allow him to walk past zombies without being eaten, and he passes on this knowledge so that a vaccine can be created to immunize non-zombies from the virus (or whatever it is).  That he has no real credentials to do any of these things (he's a former UN investigator) is not important, because Hollywood has a serious hard-on for its white Messiah myth, and it recycles that myth ad nauseam.  As David Brooks notes, "It’s a pretty serviceable formula. Once a director selects the White Messiah fable, he or she doesn’t have to waste time explaining the plot because everybody knows roughly what’s going to happen."

But barring my displeasure with its white Messiah complex -- and, really, haven't we seen enough of this story at this point? -- the film is just plain bad.  It's badly written, and for a film that contains such fast zombies, it drags and shuffles along, moaning and making scary noises without ever doing much of anything.  At one point, I was so bored that I took a restroom break, visited the concession stand, and chatted with the kid behind the counter.  When I returned about 10 minutes later, absolutely nothing had happened.

So why, then, is this movie getting pretty good reviews?  And why am I, a person to whom my film studies colleague attributes "no taste whatsoever" (she's right, really; I love anything with Danny McBride in it), one of the only people saying that it sucks?  Because -- and solely because --  Brad Pitt, particularly at this moment in time, is above critical reproach.  On an airplane last month, I read a Vanity Fair article about World War Z's ridiculous production history debacle.  My sense after reading this article was that the movie was going to be an epic disaster but that Brad Pitt is, to borrow an oft used phrase, simply too big to fail.  And in the realm of Hollywood celebrity, he's also too good: he does all sorts of charitable things and has adopted a zillion children from all over the planet.

Then, just weeks prior to the opening of Pitt's must-be-successful film, his partner Angelina Jolie announced via a New York Times editorial that, due to genetic testing that indicated that she had an 87% chance of developing breast cancer -- the disease that killed her mother -- she had had a double mastectomy.  How does one say something bad about the work of the partner of such a courageous woman, particularly when he stood by her side throughout her surgery and recovery?  In making this connection, I in no way mean to undermine Jolie's decision to extract her boobies; if I were in her shoes and had her money, I'd do exactly the same thing.  But her surgery also gives meaning and weight to Pitt's vacuous movie in ways that may very well have protected it from harsh criticism.

Jolie's narrative of her preemptive strike against cells that could rapidly mutate and quickly overtake and kill her gives Pitt's zombie narrative the metaphor it needs: even if there's nothing consciously explicit in our thinking about this film post-Jolie's mastectomy, there's enough unconscious provocation to consider that in that space, this film is about another preemptive strike against another rapidly spreading disease.  It's about the sacrifice of the part in the service of the whole; at one point, in order to keep her from dying (or becoming undead), Gerry lobs of the hand of a female Israeli soldier named Segen (Daniella Kertesz) after she's been bitten, and this strategy saves her.  And it's about a man working to get home to his wife and children.

But if reading the film through the narrative of Jolie's choice can give it a kind of meaning that might allow it to make sense, doing so still doesn't make World War Z a good movie.  There's much better zombie fare out there, and there are reasons not to forget the lineage that led to this moment, even if World War Z has forgotten.

58 comments:

  1. Color me convinced! I was planning to give this one a miss anyway, and now I'm sure. Was also thinking of discussing Man of Steel, the uber-white messiah, at some point.

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    1. fuck off with your white tis and white that, its irrelevant, what we should have will smith (crap actor) and his shit son saving humanity or being last survivors like on after earth lol or that crap "book of eliah double lol. you sound racist you tosser. My opinion world war z sucked i waited and waited for a movie that really sucked

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  2. Though one quibble--one of the most canonical of all vamps, Stoker's Dracula himself, could and did go out in the daytime. His abilities then were limited, though--no turning into a bat and such.

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    1. OK, fair enough. But he didn't sparkle, did he? It's the sparkling that gets me.

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  3. Whenever Brad is there we expect a good thriller and proved again.... good entertainment and thrill............

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    1. Uhhhh, did you even read the article? This film was awful. The only common point shared with the actual novel (which was fantastic and metaphorical) was its genre.

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    2. happy holidays

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    3. World War Z did really suck and Brad Pitt's acting in general has gone down hill since he has been with Angelina Jolie whose acting also sucks as well. Is she afraid that Brad might work with someone more attractive than her and he MAY ONCE AGAIN fall in love with his co-star and cheat on his long time "girlfriend"?

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  5. Loved it! Couldn't eat my popcorn for the first half-hour. Scared to death. But then I realized that the zombies make the same sound as Hannibal Lecture dreaming of fava beans mixed with the sound my kitten makes when dreaming of birdy snacks. My friends sitting next to me were playing "fill in the blank" with obvious plot points. There was a close-up of Brad's cool hippy bracelets. And then the Pepsi product placement....The politics were appalling: the people with the best chance are the ones who build the best walls. At the end, the shots of the annihilation of the zombies reminded me of attacks on protesters, Arab Spring, etc. And more evidence to prove the Brad Pitt Messiah-complex you argue so well: if Brad had been left on the military ship, he would have found a job (and become the hero). But not the wife, who apparently can do nothing but mommy things. In other words, the action drama almost demands that the "buddy" on the ship do something.

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  6. Besides that this movie has nothing to do with a brilliantly written book, I have the following to say.

    This movie was terrible on all angles because it was predictable and used cheap movie tricks to try and keep people on edge. I found nothing scary about this movie and disbelieved the entire idea that Brad Pitt's character was the savior of humanity.

    During my movie viewing, people in the theater were actually laughing at the action sequences. What are these so called "zombies"? Parkour experts? Where did they get super strength, agility and intelligence? Why do they seem to be like ants, swarming together, using social cooperation??? That isn't what zombies do.

    The final nail in the coffin was how the "monsters" were dead and had no circulation system, yet they could infect others, move around and have intelligence. Doesn't a brain need blood to provide cognitive thinking? How are their muscles working with no circulation system? Oh I forgot, this isn't a movie about "zombies".

    This is a marketing ploy by Brad Pitt. "Let's call them zombies even though they aren't zombies. It will get every one talking about the movie. It's a win/win situation". You know what? He was right.

    Since I knew Pitt's production company outbid DiCaprio's, I knew Pitt had complete control of the movie artistic license. Max Brooks already admitted in an interview, like a coward he is, that he had no creative control. He claimed "that's the way things are done in Hollywood". No douchebag, that is the way people sell out for a wad of cash.

    So the director was just a footnote. Pitt was directing every thing from his position and this movie was a vehicle for his political and environmental opinions. I knew this during the opening credits. Did any one else notice the ants? right when the movie started? and how they projected war, famine, violence, suffering, raping mother Earth?

    In conclusion, this movie will make a boat load of money. Why? Because it has Brad Pitt. People will act like zombies, pay for their ticket and then be spoon fed his ideology and they won't even know it’s happening.

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    1. i was so excited when this movie came out. all i wanted was another 28 days later, or dawn of the dead(newer)
      all we got was pitt with some iamlegend... very sad

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    2. @digitalbeachbum, your comment was way better than the actual blog post.

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  7. What I loved most about the book were the global voices and perspectives from all walks of life. The multicultural cast of the movie did not, however, achieve that because they were essentially all from the same socioeconomic background.

    I wish they had included at least one water scene with zombies attacking/swarming a swimmer, boat or submarine. That would have increased the scare factor tremendously. Zombies could have replaced Jaws as the most terrifying underwater man-eater.

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  8. Badly written. Inexplicable. Logically incongrous. I wish I had known it was a nonsensical "zombie" movie prior to wasting the ten bucks and couple of hours. A decent sci-fi or horror film should be able to hold up long enough to cause you to suspend foundational questions at least until you're out of the theatre. This one is laughable. Don't ask one single question about one single facet of this brainless film. The writers themselves obviously had no idea.

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  9. World War Z did suck. It was like they were trying to cash in on the success of Contageon and blend it with a Zombie Movie. I actually looked at my watch every 5 minutes hoping the movie would be over. Also, since when are zombies not scary or dead in anyway, but actually become superhuman athletes? This movie was almost as unwatchable as feardotcom.

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  10. Off topic of WWZ, which I haven't seen, but perhaps you can forgive me. Have you seen "Juan of the Dead"? :) It's Cuban, and it is an obvious play on "Shaun of the Dead," but with witty allusions to Cuban politics and economic crises, as well as biting commentary on people who follow the Party line. (Yes, that's a singular and capital Party. It is Cuba, after all.) I especially like that the first zombie encountered is floating face down in the Caribbean, clad in a Guantanamo jumpsuit.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dOquktXvkT4

    After watching the trailer again, I think I'll rewatch this. So much mockery of iconic Communist and pre-Communist symbols, so much irony and intertextuality by using not only THE Cuban faces of the 70s and 80s (now as zombies!) but actually casting the son of Cuba's most famous actor as one of the island's redeemers after the zombie apocalypse. He has his father's face, but he is a new Cuban.

    (If anyone wants to borrow it, I have a copy, and I think Hunter Library got one, too.)

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  11. I was digging your article until you went off the rails and started talking about Angelina. I was hoping you were going to rip into this steaming pile of feces with a more vicious diatribe. THIS MOVIE SUUUUUCKED. I just finished watching it 20 minutes ago and I hated it to so much I just had to get on the net to rant about it. It was fucking stupid. It's like in every single scene the director treats the audience like a bumbling idiot who wouldn't notice the most glaring, gaping plot holes. It's the details man! The details! Just in the first act, Super Brad rescues his family from the city that's literally blowing the fuck up. People are getting infected to the tune of hundreds per second. They pan to a city wide view of NY in total grid lock, people have abandoned their cars and the city is in shit state. And then the director decides to take a big shit on the audience when in the very next scene you see Brad and the fam just cruising down the highway on their way to where ever. What the hell did they get out? No traffic jams. No abandoned cars. No problem. That's just one example. I could go on and on and on.

    How the fuck did the little latino kid get up the stairs when they are escaping the apartment after Brad barricaded them with filing cabinets and shit, leaving a dozen zombies in the stairwell? Did he just climb over them?! And then why is he all cool and fist bumping Brad after his whole family just got fucking slaughtered? I mean can you at least pretend to be traumatized??

    How the shit does Brad fly a prop plane to fucking South Korea from NY in like 3 hours? FUCK! And for that matter, why the hell does he even know how to fly a plane. Man... I'm getting pissed.

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  12. And then there's the Sat phone. Ohhh the sat phone. Hey White Jesus here's this super important piece of tech we're going to give you so you can check in with the Mrs. and ask her how her day went. Also, I am not going to put my phone number in the phone so you can call me directly when you figure out how to save the planet. Instead, just call your wife and she'll come on find on me on a fucking aircraft carrier. AAAHHH I HATE.

    Anyways, then it's off to Jerusalem where random man tells Brad some trite story about how the Jewish people learned from their past mistakes and this time they were going to be ready and erected a modern day Noah's ark to protect them from the Zombie swarm. A construction so massive, so huge that it would have taken years and years to build. In the middle of Jerusalem. And no one in the world ever noticed it before. Christ! And then there's the random Israeli soldier girl who is suddenly Brad's side kick, even after she gets bitten and even after Brad KNOWS some people take 10 minutes or more before they turn, he still brings her gimp ass onto the airplane!!! WHY? Who is this chick?

    Anyways, the bullshit just keeps getting piled on and then just when you thought you couldn't take any more poop getting smeared all over your face, the director hits you with the Dirty Sanchez in the form of the scene at the WHO. Hello, we have Category 5 infectious diseases in this facility. No, we do not require anyone to wear protective gear to handle them. No, they are not kept in a super refrigerated highly secure vault. Yes there are 80 or so Zombies milling about in this area of the facility even though any real facility like this in the world would have ultra strict security measures. No we do not have doors that seal in case someone drops a beaker full of Ebola on the floor.

    At this point I kept thinking I would just get up and walk out but I couldn't tear myself away from this train wreck of a "film", if only to let the full brunt of the insult settle in. Finally when Brad writes on the paper "tell my family I love them" and decides to play Russian Roulette with a cookie tin FULL of infectious viruses and bacteria, I was beside myself. Here's an idea, remember 30 seconds earlier when the chick called to give you the code to get into the disease room? How about writing this on the paper you fucking banana head?

    "I will hold up the vials to the camera. When I land on the one I should inject myself with - CALL the phone."

    Anyways, after that the predictable "we're too lazy to wrap this movie up" so we're going to close with a little inspirational monologue from Brad to impart upon the poop caked audience some sense of closure.

    Fuck this movie. Fuck the director. And fuck you Brad because I actually like you as an actor and you've done some pretty decent films. This however, is NOT one of them.

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    1. The only good thing about this movie, is the fact that it drove you to write this hilarious review. Made me laugh!

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  13. i just posted earlier... i am glad that other zombie fans are just as outraged as me.. keep our standards high!

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  14. ^ Lots of good points above me.

    Another thing I would like to add that made absolutely no sense... The anthill zombie mob that gets over the Israeli wall. As little sense as the scene already made, there's absolutely no way that those zombies at the bottom would be able to physically sustain that much weight. It takes approximately 200 to 400 ft/pounds to fracture the skull of the average human. Imagine having thousands of zombies dog pile on top of you in a span of a few minutes. They simply would have crushed each other by pure weight.

    With basic medical research aside, why is it that these zombies needed a little bit of singing on a loudspeaker to get started? When you have helicopters, airplanes and cars buzzing around inside the walled off city, why does a little bit of singing turn all of the zombies into wall scaling spider men?

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  15. I agree with almost everything written in this article. You really hit every sticking point I had.

    I only disagree with the "White" messiah complex. This is really just a Messiah Complex, any, big time star, main character can take on this role regardless of race, and it is ALWAYS equally unfulfilling to watch.

    It nearly sounds though like you think it wouldn't have been a Messiah Complex had the main character been a good looking (major actor) that wasn't white.

    I really wish Brad Pitt hadn't been the one to win the rights to this movie. When I heard about the results of the bidding war, all those years ago, I was very scared that it'd end up being just a feature-length Brad Pitt glamor reel. And it was. But it would have been this way whether or not Brad Pitt was white (they'd still be the same person). Singling out his "whiteness is just as racist as anything else.

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  16. It's a white messiah issue because the actors in these positions are always white. There are never "messiahs" of color.

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  17. um dickhead, i robot, i am legend, after earth, book of eiliah, need i go on dumb shit?

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  18. so shove your race card up your ass, by the way all those movies i mentiond with black messaihs sucked and so did world war z, another hollywood fuckup just like the red dawn remake
    oh yeah the one they replaced half of the white origianls with black actors this time around so fuck you

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    1. chill guys.. stay on point.... they fucked this one up... big time...

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  19. Everything about this movie sucked, but many of the bad reviews I've read still praised Brad Pitt for his efforts (and many of the good reviews credit Pitt with carrying the movie). Pitt really is beyond reproach and it represents the very worst of the herd mentality: people not only feel as though they are making the correct aesthetic assessment, they feel as though they are making a morally righteous statement. Therefore, to disagree with the aesthetic is to disagree with the moral; if you didn't like World War Z, you basically shat on the face of Jesus Christ. By equating an aesthetic judgment with a moral act, people are able to feel as though they are morally good simply by liking a movie. (Incidentally, this kind of moralizing also prevents us from having any meaningful discussion about race; it is apparently immoral to suggest that certain/many racial problems exist at all.)

    And, just to be clear, Brad Pitt suuuuucked in this movie.

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  20. Lazy, dumb writing. Foolish plot, with cliche gimmicks and many contrivances. Terrible waste of money and time.

    My favorite is how the outbreak started in Taiwan in the movie not China like the novel because Brad didnt want to offend Chinese audiences that account for millions of box office dollars now. So they made it Taiwan because the Chinese hate them. Typical hollywood genre killing garbage.

    Every scene in this film was a bad rip-off from other films.

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  21. I liked this film. It entertained me. Get off your high horses about "white messiah" it's such bullshit. No one cares about your opinion's and that's why World War Z wins.

    P.S. Shame on you for thinking people would pussy foot around just because Angelina took the decisions she did. Stringing some weak argument and loose footing to make your opinions fill more room on a page. Next time just use 72 font size "I didn't like this film" and fill the same space. I'd have respected that opinion far more.

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    1. he's not complaining about white guy bullshit (Okay he slightly is but that it.) that movie has HUGE plotholes in it that it not funny. i mean for godsake the security for the lab scene was PATHETIC, and having no security in case,

      then theres the ark as someone pointed out. A construction so massive, so huge that it would have taken years and years to build. In the middle of Jerusalem. And no one in the world ever noticed it before. COME ON! HOW STUPID DO THEY THINK WE ARE!!

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  22. I think the problem here is that the author is a Vegan. Eat some meat, its natural.

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  23. I read your article and I concur with your introspective. I love the WWZ book by Max Brooks and I felt robbed at the theater. I had more fun nitpicking about how far out the book th movie was than by the movie itself.

    It is a nice 2hs distraction from reality but when said movie carries the name of a book that, litteraly, gave me so much more entertainment, I can't stop feeling disappointed. I liked Brad Pitt and I know that the "White Messia" figure is old but that's how we like our heroes, there'sno point in bitching about it.

    But yes, I agree: WWZ is just a mediocre Zombie movie, a mediocre suspense/horror movie and I feel robbed by it.

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  24. Owned by the publicity :/

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  25. Movies suck. Start reading books and watching porn! Much better actors in the latter. ^_^

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  26. Man, this movie shared a ton with 2012 - both had a hero + whiny family get away from a disaster that claims nearly everyone else by driving fast. In one the family stuck out on the journey around the world in two days as it falls apart while in the other the family stayed behind to act as a communication outpost control center for the man. In one the family finds a place on an ark and survives the end (I guess priceline had a super discount on last minute tickets :) while in the other than man actually comes up with a stupid way to immunize himself and then what was left of humanity. OK, so the stories diverged as the movie played out, but they ended the same - with sunshine and a new beginning and a whiny American family to enjoy it with.
    Oh, yah, have you noticed that since the late 80s (my personal mark being Jurasic Park) - kids in movies have gotten more whiny and scared as the years have gone by? They make stupid choices that nearly, but never successfully, almost kill themselves and their families. We seem to be breeding out the "fearlessness" that was once the gift of being a child by inspiring kids to be afraid of everything.

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  27. Didn't watch it, knew.it would suck from the commercials. Glad I didn't. (Short answers: Posting from mobile)

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  28. Yeah, the movie sucks, but here's a message just for the author of this blog. You feel guilty for being white? Fuck you, you pretentious self-loathing proggressive bitch.

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  29. sure the writing sucked
    but the directing was TERRIBLE! whats the most important part of a movie? Being able to watch it. Within the first 15 minutes the camera cant stay still, its poorly lit, their using strobe effects, have mercy! Im throwing up here, why cant any scene stay on longer than 3 seconds?

    I love zombie movies and want them to make me sick with blood and gore dont we all? making me sick from their crap directing style is lame, i hope that guy never gets to make a movie again.

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  30. Great and honest take on what was at the end of the day a pretty lame yet extremely expensive take on a genre that has done so much better with so much less.

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  32. I lost my interest in the film when the first "zombies" apeared, running fast, jumping like they were fucken spider-man and banging their heads into things like dickheads. And what the hell is with the sound they make and the weird fast bite thing that the zombie from the virus part?

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  33. The book actually wasn't all that great. A bunch of sophomoric short stories inspired by the Neocon school of WW2 History that a 14 year old boy would think was neat and original, and this is pretty much the level it was written on. This with the team of ghost writers and editors a son of Mel Brooks might be expected to have in attendance.
    The movie actually had a central story, a plot, and special effects. I would watch it again. The book, however, having read once, I will never read again, or anything else by the author. Brooks did do a lot of research for it though, or his team did. Considering the money that went into making the book, I consider it a pretty piss poor return on the investment, at least literarily speaking.

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  35. The best line in this film was "The President is dead".

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  36. There are 2 very good early screenplay drafts of WWZ that mirror the novel in structure and action. They are great - I wish they had made either of those!

    This movie that was released is a mess. Just awful. And it also contains the most ANNOYING children in film history. "I want my blanket!" My god, several times during the movie I wanted to tell those brats to just SHUT UP!

    Maybe because the final product was cobbled together from so many sources that it has glaring logic issues, continuity problems, awful dialogue, unbelievable & just plain stupid people and huge structural problems.

    Oh and by the way - These are NOT ZOMBIES! Zombies eat living people!! These things did not do this - Know what they did? Bite people so they could turn healthy people into them. Yup, that's it. So they are Virus Spreaders. Not Zombies. Maybe it should be called WWVS instead.

    Anyway, I could rant a lot more about the structure and the idiotic behavior of almost all the characters - OK I will. Why didn't the people at the Wales Disease Center (W.H.O.) ask the Israeli Soldier who Brad Pitt was? Why wait three days till he wakes up? Why didn't they use the Sat phone to at least call the number he was using to ASK QUESTIONS!! Why didn't Terry call the Wales W.H.O himself? He knew Gerry was headed there!

    So Brad Pitt is the only person in the world who notices things? Why do dead Virus Spreaders care if you are healthy? Don't live "unhealthy" people also become Virus Spreaders too once they are bitten and then croak? Why doesn't Pitt put his Sat Phone on VIBRATE after Stern Soldier Man tells him NOISE draws them?? Come to think of it Pitt does so many stupid and selfish things in this film (all he cares about is HIS family) that he gets so many people killed I lost count.

    If anyone out there liked the Brooks Novel, please find and read the early script drafts of WWZ - You will love them.

    --Jack

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  37. I want my money back and I should sue all who worked for this movie!

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  38. WORLD BORED ZZZZZ

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  39. I enjoyed the movie, it was fine for what it was . . a PG13 fast zombie action adventure. It was not a faithful adaptation of the book and spoils the chance of one, which is a shame, and one of its major transgressions is wasting the use of the name when it could have called itself anything other and made no difference. I wasn't bored, but I was underwhelmed in parts and headscratching others (like Brad's ability to fixate on a moment's clue and not get his behind handed to him when everybody else was either rushing in a panic or in the grips of death.

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  41. Opportunity missed, I'm afraid.. Can you IMAGINE how good the Battle Of Yonkers would have been on the big screen. Really, really disappointing

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