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World War Z Blu-ray Review

World War Z Blu-ray

“World War Z” is an uninvolving bloated blockbuster.

Amidst a global viral outbreak that causes humans to become zombies, a former UN investigator (Gerry) is called back into action to find answers about this pandemic. While reluctant to go back to his former job, he does so in order to ensure the safety of his wife and two children. Throughout his death defying journey, Gerry hops around the world looking for answers about the source of the virus or perhaps a potential way to stop the zombies from feasting on humans. Do the zombies have a weakness? Can Gerry survive the treacherous trip and return to his family safe and sound?

While a big budget adaptation of Max Brooks’ popular novel of the name may sound appetizing on paper, “World War Z” (or WWZ for short) barely resembles the book at all. Worse than that, however, is the fact that the troubled production is a flat-out mess of a movie from start to finish.

It’s not hard to see why this project was delayed, reshot, and re-edited several times because it certainly looks it. Yes, the film was a smash hit worldwide at the box office, but that doesn’t hide the fact that this movie is devoid of entertainment. For a film about zombies, there are a few crucial elements that are missing here. First and foremost, the movie has no character. Aside from Gerry (played by a robotic Brad Pitt), the movie’s characters are comprised of talking heads and nameless faces. There’s no one to care about here (not even the lousy zombies). On the subject of the zombies, I think most zombie fans will be thoroughly displeased with this film’s take on the popular undead creatures. Most of the time, the “zombies” are CGI creations that run and blob together in a murky computer animated mess. When they are being played by actual humans, they are not remotely frightening as they cartoonishly chatter their teeth at their victims or run (or leap) with their mouths agape.   

You’d think studios would have learned from the poorly directed “Quantum of Solace” that Marc Forster is NOT an action director. Alas, Paramount hired the man to tackle an ambitious zombie project filled with elaborate action set pieces. As you can probably guess, Forster has yet to learn to direct an action sequence as virtually every scene is filled with clumsy shots, barely visible imagery, dizzying cinematography, and general confusion as to what is going on on screen. It doesn’t help that one of the editors (Matt Chesse) also worked on “Quantum of Solace” as well…

The biggest tragedy of all though is the fact that Matthew Carnahan, Drew Goddard, J. Michael Straczynski, and Damon Lindelof penned this script at various stages. We all know they are capable writers (for the most part), but it’s quite clear that the final version is a combination of all of their scripts. This is a pure example of too many cooks in the kitchen.

Video/Audio:

Presentation: 2.40:1 1080p. Rating: A. A transfer so great that it makes the already dreadful CGI look even worse!

Audio Track: 7.1 DTS-HD MA. Rating: A. The action sequences certainly put the speakers to work

Note: This set contains both the unrated and theatrical versions of “World War Z.”

Extras:
* DVD copy, Ultraviolet digital copy, and digital copy.
* Paramount trailers.
* “Origins”- A featurette about the book, the film adaptation, and Brad Pitt’s involvement.
* “Looking To Science”- This featurette delves into zombies and scientific incluences on the film.
* “WWZ: Production”- A 4 part docu that covers the opening set piece, the f/x, the Israel sequence, and the absurd airplane scene.

Summary: Unless you enjoy scenes of a child shrieking about a blanket for what feels like a minute of screentime or a character foolishly tossing a live grenade on board a flying plane, you’d be wise to skip the hideously flawed WWZ.

September 18, 2013 - Posted by | Blu-Ray review | , , , ,

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