Steve Biodrowski

Cinefantastique's Los Angeles Correspondent from 1987 to 1993 and West Coast Editor from 1993 to 1999. Currently the webmaster of Cinefantastique Online, I also run a website called Hollywood Gothique that covers Halloween Horror and Sci-Fi Cinema Events in the Los Angeles area.

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2 responses to “War War Z: review”

  1. Dennis Fischer

    Overall, I think your view of the film is spot on, Steve. I would like to point out that a “cure” for the zombie plague is never really found–they simply find a way to buy some time for the surviving members of humanity at the end. I also agree that it would have been a far more powerful film if time was taken to count the loss, the enormous number of dead, the loss of civilization–something akin to the mourning scenes in GOJIRA, but this is a Hollywood action film and it is impatient to get on with the action.

    Additionally, while it does raise the “devil’s advocate” concept, it also winds up demonstrating why Israel’s approach proves only a temporary one, not a path to long-term safety. Israel is, for good reasons, a paranoid, security state, but the ravening hordes outside the wall don’t and won’t give up until they are breached.

    The movie ends on a note that a) we should all be nicer to one another (always a worthwhile message), and that we must prepare for anything (even something as impossible as a zombie apocalypse?) How much more interesting might it have been if it had been shown that the coarseness with which more and more people treat those who are different and/or less fortunate than themselves had led to the destruction of everything they hold near and dear. To turn this from the kind of science fiction that suggests that the future is the same only more so to a warning that “if this goes on…” it will lead us down a path we don’t wish to go, that there are alternatives.

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