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First reactions to World War Z hit the internet and the verdict is...

May. 23, 2013by: Alex Maidy

After all of the nightmare stories involving the troubled production and delays on the set of WORLD WAR Z, the question everyone has been asking is whether or not the movie is going to be any good. First, the movie was over-budget, then they called in Damon Lindelof to fix the final act of the movie, and then there was talk of director Marc Forster and star/producer Brad Pitt refusing to work together on set. All of this on top of fans crying foul that the integrity of Max Brooks oral history format was sacrificed to make an action movie that shared little to nothing in common with the source material.

So, as screenings are underway, fan and critical reaction has begun to pour in and the verdict is? The movie is pretty good! Now, a lot of these are celebrities who are not likely to trash a potential Hollywood connection in Brad Pitt, but even the non-elite are saying the movie is fun. Check out some of their reactions:



























I will reserve judgement until I hear from our own Chris Bumbray or JimmyO, but this sounds a hell of a lot better than where I was imagining the movie was headed. Maybe we will end up getting a decent summer movie out of it after all.

WORLD WAR Z, starring Brad Pitt, Mireille Enos, James Badge Dale, Bryan Cranston, David Morse, and Matthew Fox opens on June 21, 2013.

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7:15PM on 05/25/2013
I hate bullshit PR moves like this. Just insults my intelligence. Or at least my perceived intelligence. :)
I hate bullshit PR moves like this. Just insults my intelligence. Or at least my perceived intelligence. :)
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9:52PM on 05/24/2013
"Just got a chance to see #WorldWarZ it's so cool. I love #Zombies !!!!!!!!!"
Kevin Bacon ladies and gentlemen. In real life, a 54 year old actor. On twitter, an excitable 16 year old kid
"Just got a chance to see #WorldWarZ it's so cool. I love #Zombies !!!!!!!!!"
Kevin Bacon ladies and gentlemen. In real life, a 54 year old actor. On twitter, an excitable 16 year old kid
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2:56PM on 05/24/2013
I will hold back as well. Still bugs me that it's PG-13. Sorry Can't get pass that.
I will hold back as well. Still bugs me that it's PG-13. Sorry Can't get pass that.
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2:30PM on 05/24/2013
Did joblo.com do a balanced search for WWZ tweets or was this provided to them by an agency? That said, IGN and Latino Review seem pretty legit.
Did joblo.com do a balanced search for WWZ tweets or was this provided to them by an agency? That said, IGN and Latino Review seem pretty legit.
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7:45PM on 05/24/2013
Hahaha, nice one. I sensed a little bit of a biased opinion in these tweets.
Hahaha, nice one. I sensed a little bit of a biased opinion in these tweets.
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12:26PM on 05/24/2013
Rich people getting paid to say a movie is good. Like the other comments mention below mine. Bullshit marketing tactic.
Rich people getting paid to say a movie is good. Like the other comments mention below mine. Bullshit marketing tactic.
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8:45AM on 05/24/2013

Change the name

This is still not WWZ change the name.
This is still not WWZ change the name.
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8:34AM on 05/24/2013
Well that's a marketing move if I ever saw one. Only post the good reviews to warm people over. Still not convinced and I'll wait closer to the release.
Well that's a marketing move if I ever saw one. Only post the good reviews to warm people over. Still not convinced and I'll wait closer to the release.
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6:47AM on 05/24/2013

Still...

Love zombie movies. Glad that everyone like it.
But I also want to hear negative opinions. There's always some. And I'll wait for proper critics.
Love zombie movies. Glad that everyone like it.
But I also want to hear negative opinions. There's always some. And I'll wait for proper critics.
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1:18AM on 05/24/2013

Ya that doesn't do shit...

I am still on the fence. expectations really low still. Only thing that is killing it is the CGI. like the CGI in some parts looks wretched. LOL. I'll wait for your review JOBLO. :) You guys are always right on every movie I see.
I am still on the fence. expectations really low still. Only thing that is killing it is the CGI. like the CGI in some parts looks wretched. LOL. I'll wait for your review JOBLO. :) You guys are always right on every movie I see.
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1:05AM on 05/24/2013
I was one of the few who stayed positive through all the production hell, hell even after the trailer with its piss poor CGI i still wanted to see it! Surprising that this is the first article to make me not want to see the movie, something about the selection of these people SCREAM cover up... what would they be covering up? probably that the movie sucks.

Hope I'm wrong.
I was one of the few who stayed positive through all the production hell, hell even after the trailer with its piss poor CGI i still wanted to see it! Surprising that this is the first article to make me not want to see the movie, something about the selection of these people SCREAM cover up... what would they be covering up? probably that the movie sucks.

Hope I'm wrong.
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11:53PM on 05/23/2013
Any negative reviews from the screenings?
Any negative reviews from the screenings?
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11:32PM on 05/23/2013
Another non-story from the master of speculation and pointless sensationalism...

...ladies and gentlemen, a big round of applause for Mr Alex Maidy!!

Yeah, I'm sold on the movie now that Ivanka Trump and Deborah Norville like it. JEEEEZUS FARRRRK
Another non-story from the master of speculation and pointless sensationalism...

...ladies and gentlemen, a big round of applause for Mr Alex Maidy!!

Yeah, I'm sold on the movie now that Ivanka Trump and Deborah Norville like it. JEEEEZUS FARRRRK
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10:28PM on 05/23/2013
Not the most harshest critics, but I for one am hoping this is a decent flick. I have to say that Katie Couric saying that she was covering her eyes just makes me angry, but I cannot explain why
Not the most harshest critics, but I for one am hoping this is a decent flick. I have to say that Katie Couric saying that she was covering her eyes just makes me angry, but I cannot explain why
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9:13PM on 05/23/2013
Ya gotta be a little suspicious when one of the reviews say it captured the flavor of the book.
The book is fantastic but it's all about the world when the war has ended.

Ya gotta be a little suspicious when one of the reviews say it captured the flavor of the book.
The book is fantastic but it's all about the world when the war has ended.

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8:34PM on 05/23/2013

Really

People only loved it because brad pitt showed up hell if vinn diesel had shown up at the early screening for fast 6 i`d have loved it 2 not saying i didn`t love it . my point is it might share the name of a popular book but it doesn`t mean it`ll be half as good brad pitt seems to have read the books slip cover of the book and was like okay time to make it all about mee
People only loved it because brad pitt showed up hell if vinn diesel had shown up at the early screening for fast 6 i`d have loved it 2 not saying i didn`t love it . my point is it might share the name of a popular book but it doesn`t mean it`ll be half as good brad pitt seems to have read the books slip cover of the book and was like okay time to make it all about mee
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8:18PM on 05/23/2013

Good! I was getting worried!

Im glad people are digging this! Now im excited!
Im glad people are digging this! Now im excited!
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6:08PM on 05/23/2013
I was never concerned about the [link] I'm more concerned with the countless abysmal "blockbusters" that come out each and every year, without trying to fix a damn thing throughout production.

That being said, I've never read the book, so I think it looks great (but I can understand where some hate comes from if it really does stray far from the material).
I was never concerned about the [link] I'm more concerned with the countless abysmal "blockbusters" that come out each and every year, without trying to fix a damn thing throughout production.

That being said, I've never read the book, so I think it looks great (but I can understand where some hate comes from if it really does stray far from the material).
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7:09PM on 05/23/2013
*** I'm was never concerned about the rewrites and reshoots
*** I'm was never concerned about the rewrites and reshoots
6:03PM on 05/23/2013

Some people REALLY want to hate this movie!

Pin pointing one or two out of the thirteen peoples opinions. Just make up your mind for yourself if/when you see it.
Pin pointing one or two out of the thirteen peoples opinions. Just make up your mind for yourself if/when you see it.
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5:53PM on 05/23/2013

UGH

I hate Jimmy Fallon
I hate Jimmy Fallon
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5:37PM on 05/23/2013
Because when I want a review of a zombie movie, I trust Katie Couric...

UPDATE: Damn, Chos beat me to it. Hats off sir.
Because when I want a review of a zombie movie, I trust Katie Couric...

UPDATE: Damn, Chos beat me to it. Hats off sir.
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5:48PM on 05/23/2013
It's cool. I follow her on Twitter.

/sarcasm
It's cool. I follow her on Twitter.

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5:12PM on 05/23/2013
Even Kevin Bacon likes it. This might turn out good after all.
Even Kevin Bacon likes it. This might turn out good after all.
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5:10PM on 05/23/2013
I hope this turns out to be good but these tweets mean nothing to me.
I hope this turns out to be good but these tweets mean nothing to me.
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4:56PM on 05/23/2013

Sounds like

The editor deserves an Oscar....
The editor deserves an Oscar....
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4:30PM on 05/23/2013

Well, that tears it.

I will hate this movie b/c Ivanka Trump likes it. Who needs Rotten Tomatoes?
I will hate this movie b/c Ivanka Trump likes it. Who needs Rotten Tomatoes?
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4:13PM on 05/23/2013

Lucky bitch

I wanna watch zombie flicks with Morgan Freeman!
I wanna watch zombie flicks with Morgan Freeman!
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4:05PM on 05/23/2013
I've been fooled once this summer, *cough*IronMan3*cough*, so I will reserve my judgement until I see the damn movie myself.
I've been fooled once this summer, *cough*IronMan3*cough*, so I will reserve my judgement until I see the damn movie myself.
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4:02PM on 05/23/2013
If Brad Pitt invited me to a screening I would be here to tell you it's the best film ever!
If Brad Pitt invited me to a screening I would be here to tell you it's the best film ever!
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3:26PM on 05/23/2013
Well as long as Ivana Trump says it's good, it must be good.
Well as long as Ivana Trump says it's good, it must be good.
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3:22PM on 05/23/2013
I don't want to sound sexist here but I don't know who half the women are that seen this movie and personally, I don't trust their opinion. I know a ton of women that know there shit when it comes to movies and if one of them told me it was good, I would believe them but I refuse to take anything Ivanka Trump says about a movie seriously. On a good note, Kevin Bacon liked it :)
I don't want to sound sexist here but I don't know who half the women are that seen this movie and personally, I don't trust their opinion. I know a ton of women that know there shit when it comes to movies and if one of them told me it was good, I would believe them but I refuse to take anything Ivanka Trump says about a movie seriously. On a good note, Kevin Bacon liked it :)
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3:12PM on 05/23/2013
I have always said that I'm sure they came up with a good story, that Marc Forster would do a great job (as he always does), and that Brad Pitt would give a top notch performance (as he always does), and I'm sure it would be a fun blockbuster thriller, but as a horror fan, I have no desire to see a PG13 zombie movie. After reading these reviews, my stance does not change.
I have always said that I'm sure they came up with a good story, that Marc Forster would do a great job (as he always does), and that Brad Pitt would give a top notch performance (as he always does), and I'm sure it would be a fun blockbuster thriller, but as a horror fan, I have no desire to see a PG13 zombie movie. After reading these reviews, my stance does not change.
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3:04PM on 05/23/2013
I never read the books, but I was planning on seeing this movie anyways only cuz my uncle had multiple strokes and can't get out on his own, so I take him to the movies a lot, at least if these tweets are true, i might have fun watching it cuz the trailers didnt help
I never read the books, but I was planning on seeing this movie anyways only cuz my uncle had multiple strokes and can't get out on his own, so I take him to the movies a lot, at least if these tweets are true, i might have fun watching it cuz the trailers didnt help
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2:57PM on 05/23/2013
Well, better than I expected, but I am still reserving judgement. Still not excited for this yet.
Well, better than I expected, but I am still reserving judgement. Still not excited for this yet.
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2:56PM on 05/23/2013
I'm just hoping for a fun time. It's nice to see good ole Mike Sampson's quote used above.
I'm just hoping for a fun time. It's nice to see good ole Mike Sampson's quote used above.
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2:51PM on 05/23/2013
I will have to take these opinions with a grain of salt, but I have not read the book. I am looking forward to it, but I think those who know the foundation of the film will already go into it disappointed. This is one of those instances where reading the book will probably not help.
I will have to take these opinions with a grain of salt, but I have not read the book. I am looking forward to it, but I think those who know the foundation of the film will already go into it disappointed. This is one of those instances where reading the book will probably not help.
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2:49PM on 05/23/2013
They had me at Kevin Bacon
They had me at Kevin Bacon
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2:39PM on 05/23/2013
Terrific to hear that the film has been salvaged.
Terrific to hear that the film has been salvaged.
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2:35PM on 05/23/2013

I'm still not expecting a masterpiece

But I hope so much these tweets are even halfway right!
I was fully expecting a huge trainwreck of a movie, but now I'm cautiously optimistic for a decent one.
But I hope so much these tweets are even halfway right!
I was fully expecting a huge trainwreck of a movie, but now I'm cautiously optimistic for a decent one.
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2:32PM on 05/23/2013

So even in tweet form Jimmy Fallon remains unfunny. Good to know
So even in tweet form Jimmy Fallon remains unfunny. Good to know
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2:46PM on 05/23/2013
The funniest thing is that this article calls Jimmy Fallon a "celebrity".
The funniest thing is that this article calls Jimmy Fallon a "celebrity".
2:31PM on 05/23/2013

Good to hear

was looking forward to this, but all the reshoots and issues it was having was starting to put me off, hopefully its as good as people say
was looking forward to this, but all the reshoots and issues it was having was starting to put me off, hopefully its as good as people say
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2:29PM on 05/23/2013
Thanks! I was wondering what Katie Couric thought of the movie.
Thanks! I was wondering what Katie Couric thought of the movie.
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2:44PM on 05/23/2013
I was waiting for her thoughts before I decide to be excited about the movie or not.
I was waiting for her thoughts before I decide to be excited about the movie or not.
2:59PM on 05/23/2013
That is some funny shit Chos
That is some funny shit Chos
2:26PM on 05/23/2013

Fuck Yes!

I hope these reviews are right. Too bad so many people won't be seeing it because they can't get over the fact it's not like the book. Your lose.
I hope these reviews are right. Too bad so many people won't be seeing it because they can't get over the fact it's not like the book. Your lose.
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2:24PM on 05/23/2013

Good to hear...

So far I have been pretty disappointed with a lot of the "summer" blockbusters this year. Its nice to hear that we may have a surprise coming rather than another disappointment.
So far I have been pretty disappointed with a lot of the "summer" blockbusters this year. Its nice to hear that we may have a surprise coming rather than another disappointment.
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