Okay, deep breathes all around. We had a great review of why the novel World War Z was so fantastic with the morning Cannonball Read post a couple of hours ago. So check that out. But let’s be honest, we’ve all realized by this point that there is almost no relation between the book and the movie. A novelization of the movie would not be legally allowed to be called World War Z because there’s already a demonstrably unrelated book of that title.
Is that a law? I always as a kid thought it was a law that two books couldn’t be called the same thing, and the idea always stuck with me in the back of my head. I suppose it probably isn’t a law so much as a copyright thing. But I digress.
Let’s look at World War Z just as a movie. We’ve had the rant elsewhere, about the disrespect towards the source material. So we’ll pretend here that it’s just a coincidence of naming, and this is a separate project.
What we’ve got here (besides a failure to communicate) is a solid three minute clip out of the film.
Sigh. Some films you just can’t reach. So you get a clip like we have here today.
There’s just no tension in it, which is what it’s reaching for and falling badly short of. See, the problem is in the set piece nature of it, the sort of video game logic of, well everyone else is screwed but there is always a magical path for the extra special snowflake protagonist. Something closing in? A truck blazes a path that the protagonist is uniquely positioned to follow. Then have the truck crash to pretend something interesting is happening. Vicious car crash, but everyone is fine because they have their main character badges firmly affixed. Oh look, there just happens to be an RV sitting there unlocked with the keys in the ignition. Let’s take that! And now there’s room to floor it because apparently it’s a driving level now. Exactly enough zombies will get through in order for the protagonists to deal with them as the level ends.
And I don’t like it anymore than you.