|Title:||World War Z|
|12.11.13||Netflix|| Not 100% terrible but I still have a problem with it being perceived as an adaptation of the book. The book is sprawling and global and evocative and imaginative and would've made a really amazing HBO miniseries but now we'll never get that because this movie exists.|
If it wasn't called World War Z I probably would've liked it ok. The CG zombies are still terrible and Brad Pitt has this strange power of immortality like if the movie went on another thirty minutes he could've somehow witnessed the epicenter of a nuclear bomb explosion as well as everything else he'd seen. Still, the global aspect of the film is somewhat interesting even if it does hinge on a knife's edge of typical Hollywood nonsense and manufactured tension.
Also, I think I finally figured out my personal stance on zombie vs. virus. I choose to separate the beings themselves from what kind of movie that they're in. For the beings themselves I still feel like if they have a pulse then they're just infected with a virus. If they die and come back then they're zombies. How do I reconcile the pre-Romero voodoo movies and things like Serpent and the Rainbow? I don't. These days, It's Romero-style or nothing. Now, as far as the movies themselves are concerned, I feel like the core difference is this: If people are searching for a cure, it's a virus movie. If they're just trying to survive then it's a zombie movie. To my mind this adequately satisfies any gray areas. 28 Days Later is a zombie movie with virus infected people in it. World War Z is a virus movie with zombies in it. DONE.