Seriously, mainstream blockbusters are quickly running out of ideas. How many movies will it take for people to realize that they’re just watching the same thing over and over again?
A zombie flick usually ends with two possible scenarios: A) find a cure (everybody is saved!) or B) there is no cure but humans somehow manage to find a way to live with it. Usually with movies like these, they opt for A because most people prefer to end things on a positive note, which is why I hated the film version of “I Am Legend.” [SPOILER ALERT]
Ok, so that story is about vampires, but the premise is similar: a strange virus turns humans into vampires (just replace that with zombies). In Richard Matheson’s book, Dr. Neville is the last human alive and struggles to find a cure. In the end, he becomes outnumbered by the vampires and is killed. In the movie version, Dr. Neville (played by Will Smith) also tries to find a cure… and he succeeds! But he dies anyway by risking his life to save some other humans he’s with (whom he gave the cure to and they escaped to a survivor colony). SO HE WASN’T EVEN THE LAST HUMAN LEFT. And yeah, humanity is saved.
People and their happy endings.
Of course WWZ was intense: with lots of loud noises and things jumping out, anyone would get spooked—in 3D no less. But even the 3D effects in this movie were poorly done. Like, who gives a shit if the condiments in the kitchen are in the foreground to provide depth of field, and I’m starting to feel like the only 3D elements I see so far are dust clouds. Also, when things were popping out, they kind of went out of focus—but that could be me lowering my 3D glasses.
“The Walking Dead” used to be one of my favorite shows to watch. As a series, it was able to propel itself by focusing primarily on character development, with the zombie epidemic merely serving as a backdrop. I’m only two episodes away from the season 3 finale but it’s been difficult trying to finish them because 1) I’ve become uninterested and 2) Game of fucking Thrones was on.
“Shaun of the Dead” is still the best zombie movie I’ve seen so far—it was less about the disease and more about what life would be like if zombies just suddenly existed. (Again, zombie epidemic as a backdrop, which allows for a more creative plot.) Plus the film was made before the zombie hype so it made it a little bit more unique; a tribute to the undead movies of the past. And who doesn’t love this scene?
Granted, I haven’t seen all the zombie movies that have been made recently… but it’s because I’d rather watch something else. This has been more of a rant than a constructive review.
Oh, and I just read the plot for the original book version of “World War Z” and it’s more of a political/social commentary about what happens to the world after the zombie apocalypse—and it sounds fascinating. None of that hero worship bullshit.