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Mon Jul 8, 2013, 10:36 AM

World War Z is a bad movie, and not in a good way - (SPOILERS INSIDE!) [View all]

Spoiler alert - I will be talking about specifics -






As a movie, what we have here is your basic Scy-Fy Saturday night disaster movie - brilliant but reluctant hero is called into action to save the world at great personal risk, goes through all sorts of hazards to be re-united with happy family. It does feature a top tier star and the CGI effects are better than usual, but J. Michael Straczynski should have begged to have his name removed from the credits!

So, OK, no resemblance to an excellent book, but a pleasant way to spend a hot summer afternoon, right?

My problem is the racism implicit in scene after scene. One of the leads is a UN official from Africa, but it's all down hill from there. (and of course, we never learn what country he's from, just Africa!)

Hey - there's a black cop - but he's just here to loot the store with everyone else - he's abandoned his post!

A major plot point is that the Israelis have built a wall to keep the zombies out, just in time for the disaster. How did they know? Hmm, maybe the Jews started it!

It turns out that the Israelis just guessed right, but shortly after they are overwhelmed when an Arab girl starts singing over a loud speaker, drawing the zombies over the wall.

In the lab at Cardiff, a black woman who has been turned into a zombie is a focal point, but not just any black woman, but a black woman with very dark skin and with her hair in beaded braids. The rest of the zombies there seem to be English, and we can tell because they all have bad teeth!

Then, take a look at the members of the US armed forces. The only African American among them that I recall is the man in the food line who complained about all the extra people on board the ship. Hardly an accurate picture of the US armed forces today!

Check out the closing montage - lots of shots of third world swarms of people. The Russkies are fighting back with sickles and pitchforks. Got to hand it to those Russkies, they're primitive but tough! And the closing shot? A white man standing guard with his rifle, proof positive that we should all be arming ourselves against the hordes out there.

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