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2013-06-24 03:20:05 PM  
Pretty much what I expected from the first trailer.
 
2013-06-24 04:00:33 PM  
I'm reading the book now, and I can already tell that the movie is going to be disappointing. On the bright side, the book was much cheaper than shelling out for a movie ticket plus popcorn and a drink, not to mention gas to drive 60 miles to the nearest cineplex.
 
2013-06-24 04:02:20 PM  

ecmoRandomNumbers: I'm reading the book now, and I can already tell that the movie is going to be disappointing. On the bright side, the book was much cheaper than shelling out for a movie ticket plus popcorn and a drink, not to mention gas to drive 60 miles to the nearest cineplex.


Much more value for your entertainment dollar.
 
2013-06-24 04:04:26 PM  
Pretty much what I expected once I heard Pitt was attached
 
2013-06-24 04:05:41 PM  

ecmoRandomNumbers: I'm reading the book now, and I can already tell that the movie is going to be disappointing. On the bright side, the book was much cheaper than shelling out for a movie ticket plus popcorn and a drink, not to mention gas to drive 60 miles to the nearest cineplex.


I can't recommend the audio book enough. Terrific cast of voice talent was used. Apparently they're currently working on an unabridged version right now.

Max Brooks also said it's as close to the perfect movie version you can get.
 
2013-06-24 04:06:40 PM  

ecmoRandomNumbers: I'm reading the book now, and I can already tell that the movie is going to be disappointing. On the bright side, the book was much cheaper than shelling out for a movie ticket plus popcorn and a drink, not to mention gas to drive 60 miles to the nearest cineplex.


I especially liked the format of the book.  It made it easy to pick-up/put down depending on my mood at the time.

The only way to really translate it faithfully to the screen would be to actually treat it like a documentary, and that wouldn't have enough special effects and mass market appeal for Hollywood, even if all the stories were done as flashbacks (which would be awesome).
 
2013-06-24 04:09:35 PM  
The movie and the book had nothing to do with each other. That said, the movie wasn't bad. It was a pretty decent action/zombie movie. The problem is that the book could never be made into a movie. Maybe a six part miniseries or something, but never a two hour movie.

It's a fair zombie movie. I'd watch it again.
 
2013-06-24 04:09:56 PM  
in my dreams, this movie was directed by Ken Burns with lots of slow panning shots of pictures of zombie chaos.
 
2013-06-24 04:10:18 PM  
Yes because a long, indepth case studies of a global plague using Zombies has the "disease" would make wonderful summer blockbusting action movie.
 
2013-06-24 04:11:29 PM  
 
2013-06-24 04:13:38 PM  
Someone just do the Battle of Yonkers as a movie. Saving Private Ryan + zombies.
 
2013-06-24 04:16:06 PM  
SPOILER:

Actually, a lot of the Israel stuff from the book was incorporated into the movie, including the Jurgen Warmbrunn character (in fact, his little monologue about the "10th man" is almost verbatim from the book). Except, in the book, Jerusalem was not included in the Israeli quarantine zone, and they were never overrun like they were in the movie.
 
2013-06-24 04:17:52 PM  
WWZINO

imho the critters in the movie aren't zombies
they're infected, not really undead
unless they show them cut in half and still attacking, they're not zombies
if they can be killed by body trauma, they're not zombies
 
2013-06-24 04:18:07 PM  

WTF Indeed: Yes because a long, indepth case studies of a global plague using Zombies has the "disease" would make wonderful summer blockbusting action movie.


Basically this.

The movie was fine; take it by itself.

If you want a nice summer action movie, there's nothing wrong with the film. If you want navel-gazing and the ability to pat yourself on the back for understanding completely synthesized hypothetical geopolitical situations, read the book.
 
2013-06-24 04:19:51 PM  

palelizard: ecmoRandomNumbers: I'm reading the book now, and I can already tell that the movie is going to be disappointing. On the bright side, the book was much cheaper than shelling out for a movie ticket plus popcorn and a drink, not to mention gas to drive 60 miles to the nearest cineplex.

I especially liked the format of the book.  It made it easy to pick-up/put down depending on my mood at the time.

The only way to really translate it faithfully to the screen would be to actually treat it like a documentary, and that wouldn't have enough special effects and mass market appeal for Hollywood, even if all the stories were done as flashbacks (which would be awesome).


The paperback has a superior battery life to the Kindle version.
 
2013-06-24 04:19:54 PM  
I've read Make Room! Make Room! so I'm getting a kick out of this.
 
2013-06-24 04:21:25 PM  

Mr. Chainsaw: SPOILER:

Actually, a lot of the Israel stuff from the book was incorporated into the movie, including the Jurgen Warmbrunn character (in fact, his little monologue about the "10th man" is almost verbatim from the book). Except, in the book, Jerusalem was not included in the Israeli quarantine zone, and they were never overrun like they were in the movie.


I liked how Jerusalem's fall was completely a result of a Muslim call to prayer. Nice touch, Jewish Hollywood cabal.
 
2013-06-24 04:21:54 PM  

mane: in my dreams, this movie was directed by Ken Burns with lots of slow panning shots of pictures of zombie chaos.


Interlaced with some found/news footage, of course. Have some rather weathered looking character actors who look like they may have survived a war a decade or so ago along with home footage of them in the beginning of the war (especially like the woman who was in the Donner Party type situation).
 
2013-06-24 04:27:39 PM  
As much as I liked the book, it was un-filmable as a star driven film.
 
2013-06-24 04:28:38 PM  

Trik: WWZINO

imho the critters in the movie aren't zombies
they're infected, not really undead
unless they show them cut in half and still attacking, they're not zombies
if they can be killed by body trauma, they're not zombies


They do show that. The one in the Korea scene was still moving even thought they were burned half to ash.
 
2013-06-24 04:29:08 PM  
I would have been more than pleased with WWZ the movie, if it didn't have the title.
There is no reason to buy the rights to the book if you're going to drop 98% of the actual book.
WWZMovie would have been a perfectly good summer zombie flick if they hadn't, you know, called it World War Z. There are simply too many expectations that couldn't be met by translating that book into a 2 hour movie.
 
2013-06-24 04:31:18 PM  

KatjaMouse: ecmoRandomNumbers: I'm reading the book now, and I can already tell that the movie is going to be disappointing. On the bright side, the book was much cheaper than shelling out for a movie ticket plus popcorn and a drink, not to mention gas to drive 60 miles to the nearest cineplex.

I can't recommend the audio book enough. Terrific cast of voice talent was used. Apparently they're currently working on an unabridged version right now.

Max Brooks also said it's as close to the perfect movie version you can get.


I picked up the audiobook for a long solo road trip I had. I did enjoy it and it kept me up.
 
2013-06-24 04:31:20 PM  
In my opinion, World War Z would have made a better mini-series exactly like Band of Brothers and The Pacific. You would start the episode off each time with the interview and then each episode would be from a different perspective. The last episode would be the Battle of Yonkers, followed up by closing commentary. Quite easily, they could sell Collector's Editions of the series complete with the book, maps, extra found footage, documents, etc. It would have done exceptionally well had it been done before The Walking Dead or right after the first season.
 
2013-06-24 04:34:44 PM  

KatjaMouse: ecmoRandomNumbers: I'm reading the book now, and I can already tell that the movie is going to be disappointing. On the bright side, the book was much cheaper than shelling out for a movie ticket plus popcorn and a drink, not to mention gas to drive 60 miles to the nearest cineplex.

I can't recommend the audio book enough. Terrific cast of voice talent was used. Apparently they're currently working on an unabridged version right now.

Max Brooks also said it's as close to the perfect movie version you can get.


Now THAT'S something to look forward to.  My favorite chapter was the one about the feral child but they didn't do that one in the audiobook.
 
2013-06-24 04:35:31 PM  
If you can accept that fact the movie is ok. Forgettable but ok. It does at least own the fact that its forgettable and in that regard if I had to pick a metaphor I would say that this movie is to burgers, the best damn double cheeseburger from McDonalds.

But its still a clown burger.

The one plot point I hated was the grenade on the plane, gotta give it to Gerry he's got some brass balls the size of Texas he was so confident he'd survive.

meddleRPI: I liked how Jerusalem's fall was completely a result of a Muslim call to prayer. Nice touch, Jewish Hollywood cabal.


Technically it was prayer songs because the Israelis and Palestinians were finally united as one

So even worse then you thought
 
2013-06-24 04:40:42 PM  

Dumb-Ass-Monkey: I would have been more than pleased with WWZ the movie, if it didn't have the title.
There is no reason to buy the rights to the book if you're going to drop 98% of the actual book.
WWZMovie would have been a perfectly good summer zombie flick if they hadn't, you know, called it World War Z. There are simply too many expectations that couldn't be met by translating that book into a 2 hour movie.


So farking much of this. If they had named this movie something else it would be a generic summer action movie with a star in it. And there would be a lot less crying and unfunny web comics about how unlike the book the movie version turned out.

It's not like the book was classic literature anyway. There was no reason to steal the name or tie the movie to the book.

Unless it was like a reverse psychology thing where they knew all the free publicity they would get by naming an unrelated movie after a mediocre book with a vocal comic book guy style fan base that was guaranteed to take to the Internet to express their rage.

Hey...wait a minute...
 
2013-06-24 04:41:25 PM  
The unabridged audiobook was released a few weeks ago....I had to download it (even though I already had the abridged version) after watching that awful excuse for a movie version of WWZ
 
2013-06-24 04:43:25 PM  
I loved the book but the movie was ok. It was watered down, family friendly and about as deep as Fast and Furious # but as far as summer movies go it was pretty good. I thought it was at least as good as Superman.
 
2013-06-24 04:49:18 PM  

Trik: WWZINO

imho the critters in the movie aren't zombies
they're infected, not really undead
unless they show them cut in half and still attacking, they're not zombies
if they can be killed by body trauma, they're not zombies


They show a room that's been napalmed to a cinder. Bodies burned to ash and bone on the floor. One corpse has a pair of fingers that are less burned than other parts. Those fingers are twitching.

Body trauma downs them, but they can get back up. Head trauma kills them. The soldiers in N.Korea explicitly say that. You shoot them to knock them over (which the momentum of a stream of bullets would do regardless) and keep running. The camera cannot track every zombie they shot to see if it gets back up or not.

There's a bunch of valid criticisms for this movie (though I enjoyed it fine), but "They ain't undead!" isn't one of them.
 
2013-06-24 04:51:33 PM  

KatjaMouse: I can't recommend the audio book enough. Terrific cast of voice talent was used. Apparently they're currently working on an unabridged version right now.


so you have the one without the gannet?
 
2013-06-24 04:57:40 PM  

ecmoRandomNumbers: I'm reading the book now, and I can already tell that the movie is going to be disappointing. On the bright side, the book was much cheaper than shelling out for a movie ticket plus popcorn and a drink, not to mention gas to drive 60 miles to the nearest cineplex.


Meh, I live about 3 minutes from one and have been 2-3 times in the past 3-4 years. Home > Theater
 
2013-06-24 05:00:01 PM  

palelizard: ecmoRandomNumbers: I'm reading the book now, and I can already tell that the movie is going to be disappointing. On the bright side, the book was much cheaper than shelling out for a movie ticket plus popcorn and a drink, not to mention gas to drive 60 miles to the nearest cineplex.

I especially liked the format of the book.  It made it easy to pick-up/put down depending on my mood at the time.

The only way to really translate it faithfully to the screen would be to actually treat it like a documentary, and that wouldn't have enough special effects and mass market appeal for Hollywood, even if all the stories were done as flashbacks (which would be awesome).


They could do it like those "WW2 in HD" series the history channel did a while back. That's a pretty good format to be like the book.
 
2013-06-24 05:02:35 PM  

AiryAnne: ecmoRandomNumbers: I'm reading the book now, and I can already tell that the movie is going to be disappointing. On the bright side, the book was much cheaper than shelling out for a movie ticket plus popcorn and a drink, not to mention gas to drive 60 miles to the nearest cineplex.

Meh, I live about 3 minutes from one and have been 2-3 times in the past 3-4 years. Home > Theater


True. I bought a plasma TV rated for high altitudes and have saved a fortune on going to the theater. I got a gift card to our nearest cinema, and there's been nothing since Christmas worth driving 120 miles round trip to see.
 
2013-06-24 05:03:19 PM  
My only complaint SPOILER.

Pitt gets skewered and a few scenes later he's dashing around like Usain Bolt.
/Other than that, if you ignore the title, it's a decent summer zombie flick. I wasn't disappointed.
 
2013-06-24 05:05:38 PM  

FunkOut: Someone just do the Battle of Yonkers as a movie. Saving Private Ryan + zombies.


They could do a thriller about smuggling people out of China on a stolen submarine and trying to keep away from the military while avoiding the zombies.
 
2013-06-24 05:06:38 PM  
So it will be just like I, Robot or I Am Legend or War of the Worlds?
 
2013-06-24 05:07:34 PM  

meddleRPI: If you want a nice summer action movie, there's nothing wrong with the film. If you want navel-gazing and the ability to pat yourself on the back for understanding completely synthesized hypothetical geopolitical situations, read the book.


This. The book was an interesting concept but was sometimes poorly executed. It's very, very anticlimactic but a refreshing spin for fans of the genre. I don't think it would have worked as a big budget film. I saw the movie. I thought it was pretty solid, but nothing great or mind-blowing.
 
2013-06-24 05:07:36 PM  

palelizard: ecmoRandomNumbers: I'm reading the book now, and I can already tell that the movie is going to be disappointing. On the bright side, the book was much cheaper than shelling out for a movie ticket plus popcorn and a drink, not to mention gas to drive 60 miles to the nearest cineplex.

I especially liked the format of the book.  It made it easy to pick-up/put down depending on my mood at the time.

The only way to really translate it faithfully to the screen would be to actually treat it like a documentary, and that wouldn't have enough special effects and mass market appeal for Hollywood, even if all the stories were done as flashbacks (which would be awesome).


Or do an anthology mini-series.
 
2013-06-24 05:25:05 PM  

ecmoRandomNumbers: I'm reading the book now, and I can already tell that the movie is going to be disappointing. On the bright side, the book was much cheaper than shelling out for a movie ticket plus popcorn and a drink, not to mention gas to drive 60 miles to the nearest cineplex.


When you're done with that, check out Robopocalypse. Sorta similar style but not as good as WWZ.

/borrowed the ebook from the library
 
2013-06-24 05:30:12 PM  

MagSeven: My only complaint SPOILER.

Pitt gets skewered and a few scenes later he's dashing around like Usain Bolt.
/Other than that, if you ignore the title, it's a decent summer zombie flick. I wasn't disappointed.


Well, he had been out for a "few days" prior to him becoming the fastest man on the planet :P

I saw it Friday afternoon, and really enjoyed it for what it was.  Good action movie that made me eat all my overpriced popcorn.
 
2013-06-24 05:31:36 PM  
Wait. It's Brad Pitt? I get him and that dude who played "Thor" mixed up every time....
 
2013-06-24 05:45:50 PM  

enry: ecmoRandomNumbers: I'm reading the book now, and I can already tell that the movie is going to be disappointing. On the bright side, the book was much cheaper than shelling out for a movie ticket plus popcorn and a drink, not to mention gas to drive 60 miles to the nearest cineplex.

When you're done with that, check out Robopocalypse. Sorta similar style but not as good as WWZ.

/borrowed the ebook from the library


Hmm. I will. Thank you for the recommendation.
 
2013-06-24 05:46:18 PM  

Virtual Pariah: As much as I liked the book, it was un-filmable as a star driven film.


Two movies.  The first ends after the lines stabilize.  Pitt as the big star is the one going around doing the interviews.  Major stars have their cameos all over the place.  It could have been done.  They chose not to.  They wanted the quick sure buck instead of taking the risk to make the greatest zombie movies ever.  It was short sighted and indicitave of why hollyweird sucks ass.
 
2013-06-24 06:15:12 PM  

MagSeven: My only complaint SPOILER.

Pitt gets skewered and a few scenes later he's dashing around like Usain Bolt.
/Other than that, if you ignore the title, it's a decent summer zombie flick. I wasn't disappointed.


it missed any organs.
 
2013-06-24 06:17:41 PM  
Spoiler alert!
Here's my biggest beef- The zombies turn in about 12 seconds. This is used as a metric to determine the safety of a bitten or possibly infected person several times during the film. Then the UN guy states that the infections were spread mostly by air travel. There was no real mention of 'slow burn' infections. How could someone be infected, get on a plane and then turn and infect the rest of the passengers within twelve seconds? That right there made the whole thing ridiculous.
 
2013-06-24 06:22:13 PM  

AeAe: MagSeven: My only complaint SPOILER.

Pitt gets skewered and a few scenes later he's dashing around like Usain Bolt.
/Other than that, if you ignore the title, it's a decent summer zombie flick. I wasn't disappointed.

it missed any organs.


I had two fingers cut off in an industrial accident and the pain was excruciating. I couldn't think for days. Pitt gets a body piercing and the Israeli chick get's her hand lopped off and they just keep on running around shooting stuff like nothing. I know it's just a movie but that's just stupid.
 
2013-06-24 06:22:21 PM  

redsquid: Spoiler alert!
Here's my biggest beef- The zombies turn in about 12 seconds. This is used as a metric to determine the safety of a bitten or possibly infected person several times during the film. Then the UN guy states that the infections were spread mostly by air travel. There was no real mention of 'slow burn' infections. How could someone be infected, get on a plane and then turn and infect the rest of the passengers within twelve seconds? That right there made the whole thing ridiculous.


In the plane sequence there was that one guy who was apparently in the cargo hold that had turned. Not hard to imagine similar scenarios, but instead of the zombie being unleashed mid-flight they are unleashed when they go to get all the luggage and what-not. Or, a scenario similar to the one we saw where the cabin becomes full of infected people, but because no one uses a grenade the pilots are able to land the plane and then you have a plane full of zombies ready to chow down on the rest of the terminal.
 
2013-06-24 06:31:52 PM  

WTF Indeed: Yes because a long, indepth case studies of a global plague using Zombies has the "disease" would make wonderful summer blockbusting action movie.


Some people don't understand how movies work, especially people who get upset when a book/comic/graphic novel are turned into a movie
 
2013-06-24 06:35:42 PM  

redsquid: AeAe: MagSeven: My only complaint SPOILER.

Pitt gets skewered and a few scenes later he's dashing around like Usain Bolt.
/Other than that, if you ignore the title, it's a decent summer zombie flick. I wasn't disappointed.

it missed any organs.

I had two fingers cut off in an industrial accident and the pain was excruciating. I couldn't think for days. Pitt gets a body piercing and the Israeli chick get's her hand lopped off and they just keep on running around shooting stuff like nothing. I know it's just a movie but that's just stupid.


well.. sure, but if they showed them recuperating for weeks, then it screws up the pacing.

Also, it's a zombie movie .. so you know.. a little suspension of belief works here..
 
2013-06-24 06:42:06 PM  
SPOILER

My biggest problem with the film is how Brad Pitt has to fly all over the world for a week and that makes him the first person to realize zombies don't go after sick people. I imagine tons of other people would have figured this out without going anywhere, and alerted the government much sooner, when cancer wards, etc, get ignored by the zombies. They should have thought up a stronger ending.
 
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