War Z (9/10)
not a horror film aficionado. And you donít expect to see matinee idol
Brad Pitt in a horror film with a bunch of zombies running around trying
to kill everybody. But thatís what you have here. Actually, itís not
really a horror film. Itís more horror-lite. Oh there are zombies, all
right. But, frankly, they arenít that scary.
this really is, is an action film. Based on Max Brooksí novel, what itís
got going for is director Marc Foster. Foster directed the only good
performance Iíve ever seen out of Will Ferrell, in 2006ís Stranger
Than Fiction, about which I said, ďAdvertised
as a comedy, there are some funny lines. But as the movie progresses
itís got far too much depth to be viewed as a frivolous comedy.Ē
Foster can entice a good performance out of Ferrell, heís got to be
good. He also directed 2008ís Quantum of Solace, one of the few
actually good James Bond films without Sean Connery.
are four writers who received credit, in addition to Brooks. That
generally indicates problems with the script, but I thought it held up
pretty well, considering what it is.
some annoying slice of life scenes establishing Gary and Karin Lane
(Pitt and Mireille Enos, respectively) as a relatively normal
Philadelphia family (Glasgow, Scotland was the location shot as
Philadelphia, and Malta was used for Jerusalem), they hop in their car
and almost immediately all hell breaks loose, setting forth one of the
tensest first 60 minutes of film Iíve seen in a long time. I was on the
edge of my seat and couldnít relax. While it does strain credulity, it
is extremely well done.
While the budget for this film is estimated at $170 million, most of it
must have been spent on the extraordinary special effects and star Brad
Pitt, because other than Pitt, thereís really not anybody
extraordinarily well-known if youíre not a TV fan. Thatís not to say,
however, that the cast is not uniformly excellent. Marco Beltrami
provides wonderful tension-enhancing music and the visual effects by
Scott Farrar are exceptional.
into films trying to know as little as possible about the story and
plot. Thatís what I did here and it was a rewarding film experience. In
fact, Iíve already told you more than I should have. So thatís all Iím
going to say about this film.