World War Z – the movie

World War Z is still one of my favorite books that i pick up to read random chapters at any time. When i heard they were making a movie out of it, i was initially excited for it, then scared that they would mess it up. I found hope again when I found out that Brad Pitt is one of my favorite actors and i’m usually pretty happy in any movie that he’s in.

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The biggest worry is that the actual book doesn’t have a storyline but more individual accounts by different people around the world to highlight the progression of the Zombie Apocalypse so i knew that the flow of the movie wouldn’t mirror the book, but i only hoped that they took the basic elements that Max Brooks forms about Zombies and applied them to the movie.

Overall I enjoyed the movie. I thought the flow of the movie was continuous and cycled through the tense parts along with the story telling quite evenly. The surprising factor was the lack of gore and all the attack scenes are done from afar. The only real cringe factor is when they’re scene from the other side of a fence or window. The other funny parts were those awkward moments that everyone in the audience knew was about to happen and everyone gasps or quietly says No! to themselves.

 

Time for the spoilers!

So what worked?

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I thought the direction that they went with how they got from point A to point B was a pretty good way to get around having to back track to the very beginning. The point of getting into a movie like this is having to imagine yourself in a normal day’s situation when all of the sudden hell breaks loose. Then transitioning from a normal situation to going on a quest to solve the problem is the tricky part. I’m glad Gerry Lane (Brad Pitt) wasn’t a retired military man or someone with extensive training but a UN representative who had some knowledge of survival.

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Life in World War Z is pretty tough right in the get go, so being able to improvise was a key factor that I thought got pulled off really well. This goes back to the Zombie Survival Guide that started off my Zombie genre fascination and this movie actual brought in things that i’ve never read about but thought, thats really interesting.

Going into the movie i knew there were going to be jumpy moments, but i’m glad the whole movie wasn’t one big fright fest where they would focus more on the Zombies than on the storyline.

So what didn’t work?

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I know that most movies need a happy ending to succeed because people hate watching failure, but somethings just happened all too conveniently  that just made yourself say “yeah right!”

world-war-z-wallThe zombies in the beginning of the movie were very individualistic in terms of their actions, but towards the end of the movie became a little too pack animal like. It seemed like their movements got sped up to create more drama, and their instincts became a little too thoughtful to really go along with theory of movement from hunger.

 


In the Killing Zone

No it wasn’t because of Hunger Games, and no it wasn’t because of Brave, … no it was actually because of some of the zombie books that i’ve read that really got me interested in taking archery lessons. Guns are the obvious choice, but bullets run out, and its not like you can make anymore yourself, and there is a possibility of being able to reuse arrows as long as you’re not facing a crowd of zombies.

Years ago when i went to Utah with a friend i shot a couple hand guns and thought how horrible guns were. They were so loud, mechanical, and just not very fun to shoot. I found that archery was the exact opposite on all accounts. The sound of the of the arrow hitting the target gives off a satisfying thump, the skill of holding, pulling and releasing an arrow translates to multiple muscles to coordinate with each other to work together.

The class that i took was pretty interesting considering the facts that its run entirely by volunteers and is a first come first serve registration. There are only 24 spots every saturday morning for an 11am class. The first hour is being taught verbally what the bow is and how to setup and and use it, and the dangers of the arrows. The second hour is getting a 5 minute one-on-one instructions shooting the bow with an instructor. Then lastly you learn the range’s proper technique on how to retrieve your arrows in a group setting. It ends up being a 3 hour process and compared to what they charge for a personal lesson ($40/person) its worth it. All the equipment is free to borrow, and once you take the training class once you can come back any time and use the facilities for free. Just remember to throw a couple bucks in the donation bowl to show your support.

Ben took the class earlier this summer and he found out for 11am class that you have to show up before 7am to grab a form or else you’ll be SOL if you show up any later. So I got there at 6:45 and was already the 8th in line. By 7:15 there were probably 30 people there and some were really annoyed that there was a possibility that they wouldn’t get into the class. The first instructor showed up around 7:45 and passed out the forms and told everyone else the bad news to come earlier if they want to get into next week’s course.

With three hours to kill before the class Ben and I went to breakfast at Food. Its a cute store that serves breakfast and lunch. Ben raved about their pancakes but i wanted something savory so i opted for their breakfast sandwich which was crispy, gooey, and salty.