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Thursday, June 27, 2013

World War Z

zombie brad pitt
After I got a tweak of paranoia while exiting the theater into a crowded mall and jumped at the sound of screaming patio diners, I knew that I just seen an effective thriller.

Fans of the inventive Max Brooks political book and hordes of Walking Dead and zombie-film lovers may be disappointed, but for the rest of us WWZ is the best thriller so far this summer.

Michael Crichton’s Jurassic Park was translated to its 1993 film with just a hint of the book’s commentary on modern ideological catastrophe, but it sure made for some good slink-down-in-your-theater-seat moments. The same thing happens here. And in both cases, it's probably best that it did.

The action packed film chose a simple, pared-down setting for the cringing final act. As Brad Pitt’s character walks through this location, you can see everything that is right with this movie — and everything that was wrong with Man of Steel.

Simply put: The artistic book is reduced to a thrill ride, but this zombie flick saves the summer from all the superhero disasters

Award potential: Potential for makeup, sound and Marco Beltrami’s score. The CGI has some flaws in a competitive FX year.

The ten buck review: Worth ten bucks.

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