I finally saw World War Z. The trailer was more exciting.
It pretty much suffered from what I call the John Cusack effect: Everywhere John Cusack went in the movie 2012, bad things happened. Ditto for Brad Pitt in World War Z. And he’s adopted the Keanu Reeves method of acting, which involves changing expression just enough so he can get paid. The movie has its multi-million dollar special effects, but it’s just derivative of other works in the zombie genre, whether Lifeforce, The Walking Dead, REC3, or even anime about zombies.
But the breakout actress of the movie should be Daniella Kertesz. She plays the Israeli soldier tasked with escorting Brad Pitt’s character, and she is a marvel at displaying raw emotion. So that’s one gem in this chat pile of zombies.
It’s been a bad summer for movies with over-the-top special effects, but lousy stories. I took the recent Star Trek movie to task in my review. I didn’t bother to watch the Superman movie because critics made it sound as disappointing as the Star Trek movie. The Lone Ranger is said to be filled with perverse violence and just a way of dumping on earlier versions of the legend. So far, the more modest Warm Bodies is the best movie I’ve seen this year (and yes, I reviewed it here).