World War Z
Great film (the extended cut on blu-ray adds a bit more zombie action which is good) and great fun to watch. It is not a typical zombie movie, more of an action movie with a zombie theme. Brad Pitt is decent as the main lead (not sure he needs to have long hair though?!) and the film moves along at a good pace. The set pieces (especially the zombies climbing the wall) are good and well done. The one thing that lets it down is the ending which seems to be setting it up for a sequal, that i doubt will happen.
The Truffle Shuffler: 4/5
A much smarter approach to a Zombie film than expected – mixed with genuinely exciting action. The hugely effective structure moves you from one stunning set piece to another – with enough of a break between to develop the story and give you time to take it all in. The pacing is spot on. It is a very well shaken cocktail of 28 Days Later and Contagion – a ‘real-life’ approach – where Z’s spread like a virus. As long as you accept Pitt is the luckiest man on the planet – this is a film you may want to watch again and again. (The Blu-Ray release includes an extra 8 minutes – mainly extending the gore and horror of scenes chopped for lower certification at the cinema. It does improve the film by making it seem more complete.)
The Bigger Boat: 4/5
Ideas for Team Building Activities:
The end of the world scenario has been played out many times – but this film got the pacing and set pieces spot on. If you watched it and wondered if how you would respond and fancy an opportunity to put yourself and your colleagues to the test – we aimed for the same structure, intensity and challenge level in our Bunkered event. It requires a careful mix of strategic planning, instant problem solving and risk taking to succeed. Something so well demonstrated by the somewhat overly lucky Pitt in this movie. Unfortunately, there is no luck in our team building day – just skill and judgement.