And the Zombies come running…

worldwarzinsertIn the World War Z film starring Brad Pitt, let me tell you, these are the fastest zombies ever. Whether you are a fan of the old school or new school of zombie, or didn’t even know there was a difference, this summer blockbuster will have you on the edge of your seat.
After having read the book, I was pleasantly surprised at how good the film turned out to be. The film compared to the book was night and day. I’m a huge fan of horror and love to read books or watch films of the genre. This is one instance where the film far surpasses the book.
I found that the film’s story and characters were believable and you could relate to them. The CGI effects in some films are overused and aren’t needed. In this film, the special effects are remarkable. Brad Pitt and the rest of the cast were all brilliant in their roles. Everything flowed at a good pace. Though we are used to ‘zombie’ movies being packed with gore, there were very few bloody scenes. So people who don’t normally care for this type of film, I think will enjoy this one. Overall it’s a great and entertaining film.
My favorite thing about World War Z though was the fact that it’s all about the characters and their struggle in coming to terms in dealing with this catastrophic event that has brought such devastation to their lives, how they react to it, and finally their acceptance at having to face an unknown future, but keeping hope alive. It’s a tale of survival.

Speaking of survival, for actors who do work as extras/background, a great opportunity occurred when the production company needed 2000 local people to play extras in a scene that took place at George Square in Glasgow, one of the film locations chosen to double for Philadelphia. Imagine their surprise when around 3000 people showed up for the casting call hoping to get chosen.
My acting tip for the day is when having to compete with this many people at a casting call, be sure to be yourself. Show your personality.
This can give you an advantage. You want to make sure that you stand out, although not in an obnoxious way of course! If you come across as someone who they think they can spend several hours with on a set, then you will have a good chance of getting chosen.
So in closing, if you get a chance, I hope you go and see this film. It makes you wonder what would you do faced with this situation. And for you aspiring actors out there, I wish you good luck and hope to see you up there on the big screen one day!


Our Hollywood film critic Irene Conde is a Writer/Actress/Dancer living in Los Angeles, California. Irene began her entertainment career working at two of the top talent agencies in Hollywood, and also the world famous – Paramount Pictures. When she’s not reviewing movies for Extrafriends, Irene now devotes all of her time to concentrating on writing and developing her horror character – Rachel Rage.


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