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Franchise tendency = Predictable plot points - 31/1/2014 2:33:59 PM   
Nicky C

 

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If Brad Pitt wasn't in this it wouldn't have done so well because for every original moment there are two or three that have been done before. Not to say that this movie doesn't do some of them better, it does in places, but It's like a greatest hits of Zombie movies at times. However, when WWZ is original it's really effective and will knot you up in tension the way you hoped it would. The low-key to high-concept opening is spectacular, the plane sequence is fist-chewingly tense, the Jerusalem sequence builds and builds and builds ... all great stuff. The ending loses it though, despite whatever it might have originally been. There was a certain point where the tension dropped because the outcome was predetermined ... not by the plot but by the fact that it stars Brad Pitt and is intended to be a franchise. If Hollywood refuses to cure its own rampant infection (sequel-itis) they need to start thinking up new satisfying ways to end a film where the audience knows going in that the lead character will NOT solve the problem. Curing the infected kills the sequel as does killing Brad, so what are you going to do get my attention? The lack of surprises is a genuine concern for the audience if the ending of a movie is controlled by the promise of future box-office returns.

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Erm... - 29/3/2014 11:42:24 AM   
BennyBoo81

 

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What's with zombies these days? Aren't zombies supposed to be brain dead? If so how come they now run and, perhaps the worst part of the entire film, they have the ability to climb walls. Certainly no match for Romero's class, but then I don't think this was supposed to be taken that seriously anyway...was it? All started pretty darn quickly, a little too quickly, for my liking. And what's with the indestructible Brad Pitt? The only thing that actually saved this for me was the surprising appearance of Peter Capaldi.

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