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InfernoContributorUser avatarPosts: 2298Joined: Thu Apr 30, 2009 7:36 pmLocation: Vienna, Austria Gender: Cake

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I watched the movie a few days ago and am now just a little over halfway through the book and damn, are they different!

OK, spoilers will be heavy.
Now first of all, the Brad Pitt Character doesn't even remotely exist, does he? Neither does the lab, Pitt's boss, the base in Korea... Hell, the only similarity is Israel's wall and the zombie apocalypse. That's it. Oh and possibly their attraction to sound.
In the book, the ships all wait near islands (smart), in the movie they wait in the open sea. (Wtf?)
In the book, the most important countermeasures are the various doctrines, based on that one fellow from South Africa. In the movie, the most important countermeasure is Brad Pitt.
In the book, acts of savagery, heroism and desperation are explored. In the movie, a few people die but apart from that one family it's pretty much "meh", and apart from that one near-rape scene you don't see any human depravity.
In the book, the zombies are slow, it's once mentioned that you can outrun them by walking at a brisk pace. In the movie, the zombies are about twice as fast as a human.
In the book, different ways of surviving are explored, like building forts and building a war-economy. Some really clever schemes (like RKR or resource-to-kill ratio) are explored. In the movie, ... eh, why bother.
In the book, the war wages for years and it takes all of humanities efforts to vanquish the threat. In the movie, it can't have taken more than a few weeks.

I could go on, but what's the point? I enjoyed the movie, not having read the book, but damn does it look stupid after I read it. The book is excellent and I'll be sure to pick up a few points for future posts.

EDIT: In retrospect, this book would have been excellent for one of those movies where you have ten different main characters and you only see them for a few minutes while they tell their story, then you hop on to the next one...
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Thu Jul 04, 2013 9:33 am
australopithecusAdministratorUser avatarPosts: 4282Joined: Sun Feb 22, 2009 9:27 pmLocation: Kernow Gender: Time Lord

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My opinions on this train wreck of a supposed adaptation are well documented elsewhere.

I'll simply say this; everyone involved needs to be punched in the face.
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Thu Jul 04, 2013 10:15 am
InfernoContributorUser avatarPosts: 2298Joined: Thu Apr 30, 2009 7:36 pmLocation: Vienna, Austria Gender: Cake

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australopithecus wrote:My opinions on this train wreck of a supposed adaptation are well documented elsewhere.

I'll simply say this; everyone involved needs to be punched in the face.


I was hoping for more than this:
How? How is it possible to turn a fantastic book into such a horrendous film? Oh, I know. Lets cherry pick bits from the book and not explain them, so leaving giant plot holes, then invent new stuff that makes no sense. Lazy. Lazy. Someone slap Brad Pitt. A lot.
"Sometimes people don't want to hear the truth because they don't want their illusions destroyed." ― Friedrich Nietzsche

"I shall achieve my objectives through the power... of Science!" --LessWrong
Thu Jul 04, 2013 12:17 pm
australopithecusAdministratorUser avatarPosts: 4282Joined: Sun Feb 22, 2009 9:27 pmLocation: Kernow Gender: Time Lord

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Ok, ok. If you insist.

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Thu Jul 04, 2013 4:29 pm
LaurensSocial EditorUser avatarPosts: 2950Joined: Sat Mar 20, 2010 11:24 pmLocation: Norwich UK Gender: Male

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Hmmm people seem to be overdoing the zombie thing these days....

I've not seen World War Z. I'll probably just save my money wait to play DayZ instead :P
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