116 min., 2013
Written by Matthew Michael Carnahan/Drew Goddard/Damon Lindelof
Directed by Marc Forster
My rating: ★
The ultimate “foreshadowing” movie.
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I just want to start by saying that I watched the theatrical cut of the movie and not the unrated. It seems that you have to get the Blu-ray version I order to get both (now I could be wrong, but that’s what I saw) and I didn’t want to go that far. So many of my problems can be because of that but then again if this is what they showed in theaters I’m scared how much more crap and foreshadowing they could cram into extra minutes.
So the movie begins with father Gerry Lane (Brad Pitt) and his wife, Karin (Mireille Enos), sleeping when their two kids, Rachel (Abigail Hargrove) and Constacne (Sterling Jerins), come into the room and wake them up. They are next in the kitchen and we learn that Rachel has asthma and that they are about to go to school. Next we see Gerry and Karin taking the girls to school, but they are caught in traffic. That’s when Gerry notices something strange is going on. There is an explosion and then a truck comes slamming through the traffic and Gerry decides to follow. They have to change cars and steal an RV and start driving, and that’s when Rachel has her asthma attack (didn’t see that coming at all). Blah, blah, blah. Gerry then gets a call from an old friend, from when he worked for the UN as an investigator, Thierry Umutoni (Fana Mokoena). They send a chopper to get Gerry and his family and then they take them to an aircraft carrier. It turns out that they want Gerry to head out and try and find patient zero and try to find a cure. Will he find a cure or should you even care if he ever does?
The acting is just really flat throughout the movie. Normally I actually do like Brad Pitt and his acting but this time around it seems that he was just going through the motions with no real emotions behind anything he did. The worst of the bunch had to be Mireille Enos. She just didn’t seem to know how to handle the emotions that the character was feeling. She just seemed to be waiting for each take to be over with so she can run from the set. Even the appearance of Peter Capaldi, who I am actually a really big fan of, really didn’t do anything for me. All he did was say the same things over and over again (and no it wasn’t fuck). He had emotion, but it just seems like his heart wasn’t in it.
The effects were actually pretty good, but the only problem is that they were never on the screen long enough to really take them in and truly enjoy them. Most of the time the camera was wobbling so much that you couldn’t make out anything and that I think is the new way to make people feel uncomfortable, but I actually think it is pretty lame. You can’t see anything except maybe a foot or a neck.
In the end this movie is just really stupid and that’s how they treat the audience as well. The whole time you are given a bunch of foreshadowing that normally would make for some great scenes if you were given time to forget them, but this movie shows you something and then within minutes they show the outcome of the foreshadowing. There were some really great opportunities for some real tension or surprises, but they never gave you time forget anything. On the other hand the use of the zombies was actually pretty good. Instead of making them very human in their actions, they made them very much a force of nature. The way they moved, especially when they were running in a giant group, it was more like water or an attacking group of ants.
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