Ridley Scott's 'The Counselor' is going with an impressionistic ad campaign so far. Highlighting its all-star cast -- which includes Michael Fassbender, Javier Bardem, Cameron Diaz, Penelope Cruz, and Brad Pitt -- it suggests a neo-noir as the protagonist (Fassbender) gets involved with criminal activity that could eventually destroy his body or his soul, and possibly both.
In pre-Civil War America, a free black man from upstate New York is abducted and sold into slavery.
You don't have to watch the first 'The Counselor' trailer for it to have your attention. All you have to know is that it is directed by Ridley Scott, written by the legendary Cormac McCarthy and stars Brad Pitt, Michael Fassbender, Cameron Diaz, Penelope Cruz and Javier Bardem. If you know all of this and aren't already planning to go out of your way to see it, you have no business being a movie fan.
'World War Z 2'? What a difference a weekend can make.
Before this weekend, Marc Forster’s ‘World War Z’ was widely categorized as “Brad Pitt’s troubled zombie project.” Numerous publicized reports documented the contentious relationships between the star and his director. Screenwriter Damon Lindelof went on record to talk about a rewritten ending, which led to costly reshoots.
But a funny thing happened when ‘World War Z’ actually opened. Critics and audiences embraced the film, powering the apocalyptic zombie thriller to an impressive $66 million domestic opening weekend, and a worldwide total of $111.8 million with plenty more international markets still to come.
That’s good news for fans of Pitt, this movie, and Max Brooks’ original source material, which seems to be where the studio will start when developing the next movie(s). Here’s what we know so far about ‘World War Z 2.’
The title is 'World War Z,' but I can think up two other letters: "O" and "K."
'World War Z' is okay because it zips along with the fury of a computer-generated cascade of fast zombies. 'World War Z' is okay because Brad Pitt is a great leading man, even if his character has no depth. 'World War Z' is okay because there is always a fatalistic draw to see our social order tumble and great cities reduced to cinders.
It is also, unfortunately, merely okay because there's nothing in this movie you haven't seen before.
Just the other day, we heard Steven Spielberg and George Lucas discuss an upcoming radical shift in the way movie theaters operate and today, we have what may be our first glimpse at this crazy future. In conjunction with next week's release of 'World War Z,' Paramount has introduced the concept of a "Mega Ticket." Here's how it works: you pay $50 to see the new Brad Pitt zombie blockbuster and you get a whole bunch of goodies, food and souvenirs along with the screening. But, do you think it's worthwhile?