World War Z (2013) Film Review

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A mysterious plague has suddenly hit the world, with little information being disseminated. People are turning into zombies, and not zombies like I’ve seen before. They are super fast – not just running, but zapping. The population of the world is rapidly disappearing, and the only way Gerry Lane (Brad Pitt) and his family are able to be evacuated is that he is an ex UN guy who specializes in war-torn areas, and the UN want him back. The film follows Lane as he travels the world attempting to discover anything that will help them survive.

If I’ve never made this clear, I am not a horror film lover. I don’t like being scared, I don’t generally chose these types of films. But I’d heard World War Z was an excellent book and had translated well to film. What’s more, it wasn’t totally gore-fest, but looked at the choices people made, more about characters and relationships. There is most definitely some gore-fest elements, but a lot of the time, the zombies are too fast to see an awful lot. What it leaves you with is an awful lot of suspense, and that almost killed me. It is just so tense and magnificent. The CG is definitely worth noting – especially my favourite part, which was the whole Jerusalem wall part. It’s on the trailer. It’s fantastic.

I’ve requested the book from my library now, because the idea of a zombie book fascinates me.

Run Lola Run (Lola Rennt) (1998) Film Review

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Lola (Franka Potente) is a girl with shocking red hair who lives in Berlin with her boyfriend, Manni (Moritz Bleibtreu). Having worked doing minor jobs for a criminal group, they have taken on a larger job of delivering 100, 000 Deutschmarks. But, Lola’s scooter is stolen, and Manni has to take the train, and he stupidly leaves the bag of cash on the train. Manni plans to rob a supermarket to get the money, but he gives Lola twenty minutes to find the money before he does. Lola runs across the city to find a way to get the cash.

The film is told in three parts; each a different scenario of what Lola does. It is extremely fast moving with a strong soundtrack and editing that swings from stills to various film stock to animation. I love this film and could watch it over and over. I love the energy and the style. Plus, it has given me two catchphrases that I still use in everyday life. “Die tasche!” (the bag) and “Schnell, man!” (Fast, man).