‘World War Z’: The critics speak as the first reviews are in!

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So, one of the most talked about and anticipated horror/action films of the year has had its premiere in London on Sunday, and we have a cool video embedded below which shows some of the action which took place. However, the big talk about the film, which at many times felt like it might never actually get made, is what the critics have been saying.

Indiewire put together a collection of some of the reviews, which you can read below. Some of them are very positive, while a few are quite negative, and it would seem that the Marc Forster directed film has divided critics.

The Telegraph: “What we get is a collection of moderately violent action set-pieces untroubled by humour or broader coherence….Forster, who directed the Bond film ‘Quantum of Solace,’ has done his best to piece together a story from these incompatible parts, but the final product has an elaborate uselessness about it, like a broken teapot glued back together with the missing pieces replaced by parts of a vacuum cleaner….But there’s no heart to be found amid the guts.”

London Evening Standard: “What a disaster. This end-of-the-world epic — Brad Pitt’s “baby”, which he’s been working on since 2007 — is mostly bland and extremely bloated.”

Daily Mail: “…the film bears unmistakable signs of having been assembled by a Hollywood studio over-preoccupied with earning a family-friendly certificate. Virtually all the violence takes place fractionally off-screen. Disappointingly, the final product is much more conventional than the book and avoids its most interesting and innovative qualities…’World War Z’ isn’t terrible. Parts are impressive and exciting. But the incredibly long distance it falls short of its source material means it must rank as one of Hollywood’s most wasted opportunities.”

Empire: “The shame is that, whether for budgetary reasons or to try to keep things more character-based, this type of vast-scale action is limited to a single set-piece, during the film’s mid-point Israel segment. Considering the movie’s title, it would have been nice to see a lot more war…The whole thing feels like a studio dipping its toe in the water: the wrapping-up line, ‘This isn’t the end… not even close,’ makes it clear that there are plans ahoy for further instalments, should there be public appetite. In the meantime, this just about succeeds on its own merits.”

And the next two reactions aren’t quite full reviews, but they are on the more positive side of the spectrum:

In their summer preview, Rolling Stone declares: “The nerve-frying, addictively exciting ‘WWZ’ comes ready to rock….It’s everything you want in a blockbuster – smart, shifty, and scary as hell.”

Meanwhile, Showbiz 411 attended the London premiere and said: “This isn’t ‘The King’s Speech.’ ‘WWZ’ is a popcorn movie on the level of ‘Independence Day.’ But like that summer hit, Forster’s film never flags and is always entertaining.”

However, while some of those reviews may not be what you wanted to hear, the film also had a much smaller advance screening in the US for journalists, fans and celebrities a short while ago, and many in attendance Tweeted their thoughts, and they were much more positive. Here are a few of them:

* Jimmy Fallon:Just saw World War Z. So much better than World War A-Y.

* IGN:World War Z: a big, solid zombie movie. Makes up for in scope what it lacksin blood.

* ScreenCrush:So after all that fuss, ‘World War Z’ turned out to be a surprisingly effective zombie thriller.

* Kevin Bacon:Just got a chance to see World War Z. It’s so cool. I love Zombies !!!!!!!!!

* Deborah Norville:Just saw World War Z. Kudos to Brad Pitt. Great movie and am NOT a zombie fan – totally enjoyed it and needed drink afterward!

* LatinoReview:World War Z will probably be the most intense movie you will see this summer… I was shocked it was that good.

* Charles Soule:Was World War Z exactly like the book? No, but I felt it captured much of the flavor, and man, does it have some intense sequences.

* Simon PS:Great movie. World War Z breathes new life into zombies!

* Katie Couric:With Morgan F at the World War Z screening. Love him and really liked the movie when my eyes weren’t covered!

* Ivanka Trump:Saw World War Z tonight. Zombie movies definitely do not top of my list of preferred genres but it was awesome!

* Kurt Andersen:Saw World War Z. Not at all the disaster it’s been made out to be. It’sentertainingand will do fine.

* Emma Heming-Willis:World War Z is unreal. A great film. Was totally stressed out from start to finish.



The film is based on the novel written by Max Brooks, and the screenplay was written by Matthew Michael Carnahan and J. Michael Stracynski and the film stars Brad Pitt, Mireille Enos, James Badge Dale, Elyes Gabel and Julia Levy-Boeken. Brad Pitt’s own production company Plan B are involved in this epic tale of the greatest Zombie war the world has ever known. Filming in locations all over the world, the film will take place ten years after the war and survivors are asked to re-live their accounts of what happened to them.

World War Z, directed by Marc Forster, is due to arrive in UK cinemas June 21st 2013.



The story is said to revolve around United Nations employee Gerry Lane (Pitt), who traverses the world in a race against time to stop the Zombie pandemic that is toppling armies and governments and threatening to decimate humanity itself. Enos plays Gerry’s wife Karen Lane; Kertesz is his comrade in arms, Segen. The plot is a bit interesting because the Max Brooks best-selling novel World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War which the movie is based on, dealt with the aftermath of the zombie apocalypse. Hopefully this approach will work for the film.


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About Matt Wavish 10001 Articles
A keen enthusiast and collector of all horror and extreme films. I can be picky as i like quality in my horror. This doesn't necessarily mean it has to be a classic, but as long as it has something to impress me then i'm a fan. I watch films by the rule that if it doesn't bring out some kind of emotive response then it aint worth watching.

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