Monday, July 1, 2013

Who's On Top: Movies

# #Spotlight

World War Z

I know what some of you are thinking. Zombie apocalypse? Really? Again? But if you start complaining about the lack of originality in summer movies, honestly, when will you stop? (The answer in my case is Labor Day or cocktail hour.) And in many ways, when compared with “Man of Steel,” “Iron Man 3” and “Star Trek: OMG Ricardo Montalb├ín!,” “World War Z” is pretty refreshing. The movie, loosely adapted from Max Brooks’s 2006 novel of the same title, is under two hours long. Its action set pieces are cleverly conceived and coherently executed in ways that make them feel surprising, even exciting. Brad Pitt, playing a former United Nations troubleshooter pressed back into service to battle the undead, wears a scruffy, Redfordesque air of pained puzzlement. And, best of all, “World War Z,” directed by Marc Forster from a script with five credited authors, reverses the relentless can-we-top-this structure that makes even smart blockbusters feel bloated and dumb. The large-scale, city-destroying sequences come early, leading toward a climax that is intimate, intricate and genuinely suspenseful. Faint praise? Maybe. Mr. Brooks’s book is a work of sly pseudo-history composed of data and anecdote drawn from an eerily recognizable future world. A kind of sequel to Mr. Brooks’s “Zombie Survival Guide,” it was published at an earlier moment in the long zombie march through modern popular culture. Compared with its source, and to “The Walking Dead” in both its graphic novel and cable television versions, Mr. Forster’s film represents a careful step backward. It does not expand the tonal range of zombie fantasy, like Ruben Fleischer’s “Zombieland” or Colson Whitehead’s novel “Zone One.” Nor does it exploit the allegorical potential of a world overrun by flesh-craving, half-decayed former people, in the manner of “The Walking Dead,” which turns the desolate, post-apocalyptic landscape into a forum for philosophical debate and ethical inquiry.

Top 10 @ Box Office:
  1. Monsters University
  2. Heat 
  3. World War Z
  4. White House Down
  5. Man Of Steel
  6. This Is The End
  7. Now You See Me
  8. Fast & Furious 6
  9. Star Trek Into Darkness
  10. The Internship
Disclaimer: All material comes from NYTimes.com.

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