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World War Z (film)

World War Z is a 2013 zombie flick based on the book written by Max Brooks. Marc Forster (Monster’s Ball, Quantum of Solace) directs and Brad Pitt stars as Gerry Lane, a former UN investigator who is called back into action to stop a zombie outbreak. These aren’t slow-moving Romero or Walking Dead zombies. These are 28 Days Later and 2003’s Dawn of the Dead zombies. They are fast and vicious, which leads to explosive action scenes. One zombie in the midst of a crowded area causes complete chaos. It’s almost impossible to escape. But Gerry Lane always finds a way to survive because he’s smart, calm under pressure, and he’s played by Brad Pitt and they need him for the sequel.

The basic plot is simple. There is a zombie pandemic and Gerry Lane must find the source in order to find a cure. He goes all over the world, from Philadelphia to Newark to South Korea to Jerusalem to Cardiff. It’s pretty easy to travel the world during the zombie apocalypse if you have UN connections apparently. He doesn’t find a cure but he finds a temporary solution, and the movie ends with a glimmer of hope for survivors around the globe.

World War Z made $540,007,876 at the box office, making it the highest-grossing zombie movie of all time. The filmmakers cited The Bourne Identity as an influence and you can see glimmers of it. The violence is gritty and realistic for the most part, despite using a lot of CG zombies that appear cartoonish at times. I never read the book so I can’t compare the two, but I enjoyed the movie. It was entertaining, had some good political points, and a lot of solid action scenes that keep you engaged. It’s a satisfying zombie movie, but it doesn’t bring anything original to the genre. You get infected if you get bit (unless you perform a quick amputation), the zombies die if you shoot them in the head, there are ways to make yourself invisible to the zombies, and the living are just as dangerous as the dead. Been there, done that.

Critically Rated at 13/17

Written, Rated, and Reviewed by Brendan H. Young

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Zombieland

There are two major classifications of zombie movies. They are either horror films or parody films. Zombieland is one of the latter. That mean’s it’s funny. Ruben Fleischer makes his directorial debut and Jesse Eisenberg stars as a college kid struggling to survive in a post-apocalyptic world. He teams up with a few other survivors, played by Woody Harrelson, Emma Stone, Abigail Breslin, and Bill Murray makes a cameo as himself.

The movie begins with Columbus (Eisenberg) explaining how the world has gone to shit and become infested with zombies. He has a list of rules (like cardio, limber up, check the back seat, enjoy the little things) that he follows religiously to stay alive. He meets another survivor going by the name Tallahassee (Harrelson).  Tallahassee is a badass with a knack for killing zombies and a soft spot for Twinkies. They form an unlikely partnership and soon come across sisters/con artists Wichita and Little Rock (Stone and Breslin). Despite the sisters stealing their guns a few times, the four of them team up and start heading to Pacific Playland, which is supposedly free of zombies.

Along the way they start bonding and getting to know each other. They hang out with Bill Murray for a little bit. Then there’s a conflict and the group separates. The sisters go to Pacific Playland and attract a horde of zombies, but Columbus mans up and rescues them with some help from Tallahassee. The girls are saved, Columbus gets the girl, and Tallahassee gets a Twinkie.

Zombieland is a good movie. It has an interesting premise, it’s funny, it has a great cast, and a distinctive look. It’s not the best zombie parody (Shaun of the Dead was funnier and smarter), but it’s definitely entertaining and worth watching. Jesse Eisenberg carries the film. He plays shy, nerdy guys better than anyone else in Hollywood. He’s like a suave, un-annoying Michael Cera. Woody Harrelson’s always fun to watch but his character is kind of one-dimensional, even with the revelation that he can’t cope with the death of his son. Emma Stone looks as lovely as ever. And you can’t go wrong with Bill Murray in one of the best cameos of all time.

Zombies are in right now. You should have seen this movie by now. You’re slacking if you haven’t. It’s been out for a few years now. You better get on that shit.

Critically Rated at 14/17

Written, Rated and Reviewed by Brendan H. Young

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Hammers

A hammer is a tool that you use to hammer things. I like things that are called what they do. A hammer is basically two parts: a handle and a hammerhead. The hammerhead usually has a crowbar like claw on one side and the smashing part on the other side. You hold the handle and swing the hammer at the nail and try not to crush your thumb. Hammers are mostly used by construction workers and craftsmen, and no toolbox is complete without one. Hammers are one of the most practical tools, and they can also double as weapons for the impending zombie apocalypse. Aim for the skull and make it count.

Critically Rated at 14/17

Written, Rated, and Reviewed by Brendan H. Young

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Night of the Living Dead (1990 remake)

George A. Romero’s Night of the Living Dead is one of the most influential horror films of all time. This is special effect guru Tom Savini’s unnecessary remake of the classic zombie film. It keeps the same basic story about a ragtag group of strangers taking refuge in an isolated farmhouse when the dead inexplicably come back to life. But this time the film is shot in color and the zombie attacks are a little more gory. It’s a little dated now, and The Walking Dead has spoiled me when it comes to zombie kills, but it’s still a requirement if you are a fan of the genre.

            Tom Savini is one of the top makeup/special effects artists in the business with a handful of directing and acting credits under his belt as well. He specializes in horror movies, the bloodier the better. So you expect a little bit more action that what he presents, but he still made an adequate horror flick.

Barbara (Patricia Tallman) is visiting her mother’s grave when a zombie attacks her. She hides out in a farmhouse and gradually more and more survivors show up. Ben (Tony Todd) is the first one she meets, and he is intent on surviving. He constantly butts heads with Harry Cooper (Tom Towles), an angry guy with a wife and a daughter who has been bitten by a zombie (you know that’s not ending well). There is also a teenaged redneck couple, because you have to have stupid teenagers in a horror movie.

            As the survivors try to fortify the farmhouse, they start to realize they have to fear each other as much as they do with the zombies. Ben and Cooper both try to take control of the situation, and the tension between the two begins to rise as more and more zombies show up.

Zombies have been the monster of choice for a few years now, evidenced by the success of The Walking Dead and Zombie Land, not to mention the increasing sales of bath salts. But they wouldn’t be popular if people like Romero and Savini didn’t pave the way. So if you’ve tried watching the original Night of the Living Dead, but think it’s too slow, this might be a better alternative. The endings are different and there are a few tweaks to the storyline and characters, but overall it’s a pretty faithful remake.

Critically Rated at 13/17

Written, Rated, and Reviewed by Brendan H. Young

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