I usually like Brad Pitt, I really do. Fight club is one of my favourite films. I can even tolerate Mr & Mrs Smith. But this!
HOW UP IT’S OWN ASS IS HOLLYWOOD! The film is WORLD War Z, not UNITED STATES WAR Z. By centring the movie on US Citizen White Dude Joe Bloggs is has effectively alienated the international political aspects, and thus almost the entire plot, of the book! Let’s take one of the most thought provoking books of the genre, and mutilate in into yet another generic disaster/horror zombie movie. Come on! The guy keeping his wife and kids safe is SO OLD. Rehashed in Walking Dead, rehashed in War of the Worlds and, um, every other zombie movie everrrr.
Yes, I understand that it needs to appeal to a mainstream American audience. Hence the subtle racism in casting the most generic guy in the world to avoid the backlash similar to that against Rue in the Hunger Games. (Could they have cast a POC for the wife at least? Please??)
Hence the obliteration of intelligent speculation concerning the political environment of the world, and how the disaster would really pan out (obviously lowest-common-denominator Americans just want explosions and blood flying everywhere).
Hence the evaporation of issues concerning Islam, Pakistan, North Korea and Iraq; the often sympathetic views are far too controversial for red belt Americans. But this also means the evaporation of some of the coolest sequences EVER (Demolishing a mountain pass to stop the zombies following! The surgeon who becomes zombie-fied! South African riots! The blind monk & Japanese computer geek escape! Hopefully Yonkers will still be happening….)
Plus, they made the zombies RUN. No. No. No.
I really hoped (and still hope) this can be released at a TV mini series which actually follows the construction of the book; each episode dedicated to a chapter. Television seems a lot more liberal about releases, and after watching stuff like Homeland, Breaking Bad and Game of Thrones, I currently have more confidence in the TV medium than in film. It’s cheaper to experiment with formats and subject matter. I suppose the budget of film is such a massive gamble that they need to cover their backs, and produce safe films that sell.
I am still so pissed off about this movie! I hope that the trailer is just a misrepresentation and that we will get some international stuff too, although I’m predicting a few seconds on a TV screen will be about all we get!
- nothollietree posted this