World War Z Blu Ray|
Few monsters lend themselves better to allegory than the zombie. In the years since George Romero first set the shambling mold with Night of the Living Dead, filmmakers have been using the undead as handy substitutes for concepts as varied as mall-walking consumers, punk rockers, soccer hooligans, and every political movement imaginable. (All this, plus brain chomping.) World War Z, the mega-scale adaptation of Max Brooks's richly detailed faux-historical novel, presents a zombie apocalypse on a ginormous level never seen before on film. Somehow, however, the sheer size of the scenario, coupled with a distinct lack of visceral explicitness, ends up blunting much of the metaphoric impact. While the globe-hopping action certainly doesn't want for spectacle, viewers may find themselves wishing there was something more to, you know, chew on. Director Marc Forster and his team of screenwriters (including J. Michael Straczynski and Lost's Damon Lindelof) have kept the basic gist of the source material, in which an unexplained outbreak results in a rapidly growing army of the undead. Unlike the novel's sprawling collection of unrelated narrators, however, the film streamlines the plot, following a retired United Nations investigator (Brad Pitt) who must leave his family behind in order to seek out the origins of the outbreak. While the introduction of a central character does help connect some of Brooks's cooler ideas, it also has the curious effect of narrowing the global scale of the crisis. By the time of the third act, in which Pitt finds himself under siege in a confined space, the once epic scope has decelerated into something virtually indistinguishable from any other zombie movie. Even if it's not a genre changer, though, World War Z still has plenty to distinguish itself, including a number of well-orchestrated set pieces--this is a movie that will never be shown on airplanes--and the performances, with Pitt's gradually eroding calm strengthened by a crew of supporting actors (including Mireille Enos, James Badge Dale, and a fantastically loony David Morse) who manage to make a large impression in limited time. Most importantly, it's got those tremendous early scenes of zombie apocalypse, which display a level of frenetic chaos that's somehow both over-the-top and eerily plausible. When the fleet-footed ghouls start dogpiling en masse, even the most level-headed viewer may find themselves checking the locks and heading for the basement. --Andrew Wrightfrom£6.25 | RRP:
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Please note this is a region B Blu-Ray and will require a region B or region free blu-ray player in order to play Big-budget zombie apocalypse thriller starring Brad Pitt UN employee and committed family man Gerry Lane (Pitt) is forced to abandon his wife and children when a global pandemic hits turning ordinary people into violent subhuman monsters with an insatiable appetite for human flesh Due to the nature of his job Gerry is deemed one of the very few people left on Earth with the ability to find the source of the virus and ultimately a cure but will he be able to do so before the last remnants of humanity are completely eradicated? Actors Brad Pitt Mireille Enos Daniella Kertesz James Badge Dale Ludi Boeken Matthew Fox Fana Mokoena & Peter Capaldi Director Marc Forster Certificate 15 years and over Year 2013 Screen 2401 Languages English - DTS-HD Master Audio (71) Additional Languages German ; Italian ; Castillian ; French Subtitles English ; German ; Dutch ; Italian ; Danish ; Swedish ; Norwegian ; Finnish ; Castillian ; French ; English for the hearing impaired Duration 1 hour and 56 minutes (approx)
Extended cut of the big-budget zombie apocalypse thriller starring Brad Pitt. UN employee and committed family man Gerry Lane (Pitt) is forced to abandon his wife and children when a global pandemic hits, turning ordinary people into violent subhuman monsters with an insatiable appetite for human flesh. Due to the nature of his job, Gerry is deemed one of the very few people left on Earth with the ability to find the source of the virus and ultimately a cure, but will he be able to do so before the last remnants of humanity are completely eradicated?
Average Rating for World War Z [Blu-ray] [Region Free] - 4 out of 5
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World War Z [Blu-ray] [Region Free]Chris Harley
With one of the most interesting and unique back stories in recent Hollywood history, World War Z took the summer box office by storm, bringing a thoroughly entertaining new take on the zombie genre to the big screen.
Brad Pitt stars as Gerry Lane, a former employee at the UN who is tasked with helping the organisation discover the source of the zombie virus that has quickly begun spreading across the world, decimating the human population.
It doesn't take long for the action to start, and the adrenaline-fuelled pacing makes sure that the tension is held high throughout, with some superbly-shot action sequences from director Marc Forster.
Until now, the zombie movie has never been seen quite like this. For many reasons, the zombie genre has typically been relegated to the realms of low-budget horror movies, often with average-at-best special effects and/or make-up. In World War Z, though, the budget is substantially higher - enough to truly call it a blockbuster, and one of the biggest of the year - the effects are incredible, and the make-up is astoundingly impressive. When we see a zombie, it really looks like a zombie. And when we see hordes of zombies, they are truly terrifying.
What lets the film down slightly is that it never really feels like it's going anywhere, and the final act doesn't really make you feel like you've arrived anywhere by the end. For the most part, it largely feels like development, without the satisfaction of a conclusion at the end. To a certain extent, it seems this is because Paramount changed tack half-way through its development, on a number of fronts.
After filming was initially completed, the studio wasn't quite happy with the final cut, and so writers were brought on board to rewrite the script, which was soon followed by seven weeks' worth of re-shoots. Not only that, but the studio also decided that the film could serve as a potential franchise-starter for them, leaving the end open to the possibility of at least one more film further down the line, if not two or more. This, in particular, seems to be at the heart of the film's lack of development.
Rather than going for gold and coming up with a very strong final act, they hedge their bets somewhat. And without giving away any details, it doesn't feel like the end once the two-hour run-time is up.
Had they decided in advance that they wanted a trilogy, they could well have scripted the film better from the very beginning, and not come into such problems after shooting what was going to be the first-cut, and having to go back to do more work. But in spite of all this, it doesn't change the simple fact that the movie is a lot of fun, and it gives audiences a chance to see Brad Pitt in a role quite unlike any he's played before. Franchises are not usually his style, and he dominates the blockbuster brilliantly.
The action is spectacular, the zombies are highly believable (an integral aspect of the genre, I feel), and whilst the overall pay-off falls short of a full five-star recommendation, there's plenty of goodness to be found in World War Z, and I'm so glad that the box office results tallied up higher than they were predicted, because it does deserve your attention. And with Christmas right around the corner, it would certainly make for a solid choice to give over the holiday season.
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