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Sunday, June 23, 2013

Top 5 Zombie Movies

With World War Z coming out in the theaters and The Walking Dead making waves on the boob tube, it is only essential that I came up with the Top 5 Zombie films ever made.

5. Land of the Dead
- George Romero is the king of Zombie movies. He returns to the big screen in 2005 to rekindle his old flame. This film is a good comeback and he introduced a more intelligent zombies. And in a world where Zombie hunting became a sport for humans, you somehow root for the zombies instead.

4. Night of the Living Dead
- Without this film, there could never be any zombie films in the making. It is old school screams and thrill however, watching it in the 21st Century somehow hindered me to connect for the film.Night of the Living Dead is worth the watch for those who are starting to explore the zombie world.

3. Shaun of the Dead
- Most of you might wonder what the hell is this film? Well, this might be the funniest parody of any zombie film ever. And to pull this one off successfully is worth to be on the list. With Simon Pegg as the lead, it was downright hilarious.

2. 28 Days Later
- This film feels like a indie zombie movie, however, it was the psychological value which made this film a success. Following Jim's (Cillian Murphy) story after he woke up from coma and his struggle for survival not only from the zombies but from humanity as well.

1. Dawn of the Dead (Remake)
- There is nothing better than a mall with a bunch of unique characters, aggressive zombies, hot sex and an ending that can never be happier. The remake is pure fun and thrills that I still love to watch it over and over again.

World War Z

I guess the Zombies are back. Warm Bodies, The Walking Dead and now World War Z. It seems that the Zombies is killing off the Vampires for good. Even Warm Bodies is kicking Twilight's ass off. With World War Z, I hope the film would be able to live up with expectation after it was heavily publicized.

The movie started with a fast-paced storytelling jumping in just a few minutes to the main attraction. There were no conversations on the lives of the Gerry (Pitt) and his family. It seems that the writers know that we came for the zombies. The outbreak seemed to be so fast that in a matter of minutes, the whole Philadelphia is being attacked by zombies who are so aggressive you would think they are the same zombies from Dawn of the Dead and 28 Days Later.

While the whole premise is common, the characters and the situations are bits of pieces of some familiar films. In the film, Gerry has 2 kids, one of them has some kind of an Anxiety Disorder which complicates to difficulty of breathing (War of the Worlds) and the zombies are so much alike with Dawn of the Dead and 28 Days Later.

WWZ is typically a B-Rated Zombie movie that has the potential but somehow lacked leaving some viewers asking for more. One thing I noticed is that this movie did not invest on gore. There are a lot of slicing, shooting and biting but the amount of blood shown in this film cannot be compared to any zombie movie. However, it was Brad Pitt's performance that made such an impact on the film.

World War Z is a film for those who wants to take their breath away. This is how the film balanced the absence of gore. The film made it a point that we don't need gore in order for you to be out of breath and clearly they succeeded.

I recommend World War Z to those who wants to enjoy the ride however, this one would be unforgettable in the long run. Marc Forster has made a lot of good films like Finding Neverland and Quantum of Solace, World War Z is just one of those films made just for the heck of it, but nevertheless, it is worth the 2 hours, but still forgettable.



Friday, June 21, 2013

Man of Steel

Who doesn’t know Superman? Just like any other comic book character, the man donned with the red cape and inverted-worn underwear has been the world’s favourite saviour. When Christopher Reeve flew wearing the big “S” costume, we were in great amazement which led us to love the first film. This was followed by Superman 2 which was surrounded by controversy but nonetheless a good film too. The succeeding films were no match to its predecessors that Warner Bros. eventually let Superman die a natural death. 2007 came when brave director Bryan Singer helmed a semi-reboot of the dead franchise which left us hanging with an uninspired Superman film. This year, Zack Snyder sits in to what they consider to be a “cursed” franchise and give Superman another shot.

Man of Steel goes back to its roots as we are first transported to the events that led to the rebellion of General Zod and the ultimate demise of Planet Krypton. We see Krypton a lot longer than any previous Superman movies. And when Kal-El was transported to Earth, the rest was history. However, screenwriter Christopher Nolan has something in his sleeve that we did not see Kal-El working in the Daily Planet and have Lois Lane swooning over Superman. Instead we see a different arc in the story that makes each character even more engaging and realistic.

The strength of the movie relied mostly on the story. While we are bombarded with back stories, these are only essential for a film that is destined to be a trilogy or even more. Man of Steel provided a very good foundation for any potential sequel. While we see a lot of General Zod, Lex Luthor is completely absent from the film except for a brief frame where a Lexcorp truck was thrown against Superman. This would only mean that we get to see Luthor in a sequel and may bring more chaos than General Zod did in Man of Steel.

The characters have more depth. Due to its storytelling nature of the film, we were able to dig deeper to the personas of Jor-El, Lois Lane, the Kents and Superman himself. I would like to commend on how Lois Lane’s character was treated. While the first 5 films conveyed Lois as dumb, clueless and inconsistent, Lois in Man of Steel is independent, resourceful and intuitive. Henry Cavill as Superman is just right. He is not as overblown as Brandon Routh’s Superman. Cavill’s Superman is not perfect. Having to choose between his own race who can be revived from extinction in the expense of humans is the perfect dilemma for a scarred superhero.

Man of Steel is not the movie made for kids. Bringing your 6 year old will certainly make them restless. However, when the last half approaches, it will make The Avengers’ city brawl scene put into shame. There is a lot to look out for this reboot and it has been successful in all divisions. Thanks to Christopher Nolan and Zack Snyder. The “S” insignia is indeed a sign of HOPE and Man of Steel did not only revive Hope for a struggling franchise but an assurance that we will indeed see Superman flying into the silver screen in the years to come.