World War Z: Over-hyped or Under-appreciated?




This summer blockbuster is set to hit theaters on June 21st, 2013 – yet its trailers are already being over-spammed on every channel. I wonder if Paramount (the studio distributing) is just trying to build more hype or if it’s really worth its budget (a reported $250 million).

My personal objection to the film was throwing away the entire source material (the book from Max Brooksand having Marc Forester direct. If you don’t know why I don’t like him, you can check out my “Noob List here.”

Brad Pitt had a surprise appearance during a New Jersey screening of World War Z – which surprisingly garnished positively-leaning, but mixed reviews. It seems that the preliminary consensus among audiences was that the film was suspenseful, thrilling, yet had a semi-confusing, if not unsatisfactory ending.

Here’s a couple of reviews from screeners:

“World War Z: a big, solid zombie movie. Makes up for in scope what it lacks in blood. It jettisons most of the book. It’s really its own thing. Some third act issues but otherwise [it’s solid].” – @ScottIGN


“So after all that fuss, ‘World War Z’ turned out to be a surprisingly effective zombie thriller. The CGI zombies aren’t great but there is plenty of practical stuff they’re not showing yet. There is no way in hell this thing should have cost even close to $250 million.” – @mjsamps


“World War Z will probably be the most intense movie you will see this summer…I was shocked it was that good. So much for those re-shoots… [It was good because] it was a different take on Zombie films.” – @Latinoreview

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Kue has a Masters in Business Administrations (MBA) from California State University, Fresno. He works as the Director of Education and Outreach for the California Department of Business Oversight in addition to being a contributing writer for news, business, and international blogs. He has also written, directed, and produced an award-winning film as well as authored several books on business, philosophy, and Asian folk lore.