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Film Reviews: Kick-Ass 2 (2013) and World War Z (2013)
Kick-Ass 2 (2013). Written and directed by Jeff Wadlow, and based on the comic. The film starts shortly after the events of the first film. Dave Lizewski AKA Kick-Ass (Aaron Taylor-Johnson) has retired, but the superhero vigilante scene is on the increase and he decides to return, following some training by Mindy Macready AKA Hit-Girl (Chloë Grace Moretz). Meanwhile Chris D'Amico decides to take revenge on Kick-Ass, following his father's death, and changes from faux superhero Red Mist to The Motherfucker. Kick-Ass 2 is certainly more of the same, and I felt more or less the same about it as the original film. I like that it thumbs a raspberry of sorts at traditional superhero films, but it still feels like there's a disconnect somewhere. Perhaps it's the supposed heartfelt story of people becoming vigilantes set against a black comedy backdrop. Kick-Ass 2 is also pretty gory in an overdone comicbook style, so not for the sensitive. Fans of the original will enjoy it, but perhaps not as much as the first. 3/5 (Average)

World War Z (2013). Directed by Marc Foster and loosely based on the novel by Max Brooks. The film starts with UN employee Gerry Lane (Brad Pitt) and his family sitting in heavy traffic. Gerry senses something is wrong, and spots people attacking and biting others in the distance. He grabs his family and flees. Gerry is called by a contact in the UN who promises to get him to safety and sends a helicopter. World War Z wasn't as awful as I was expecting, based on the rumours of production troubles and the early reviews. For me it was a fairly solid action flick with a handful of good sequences. The film was mostly let down by a thin story - Pitt perhaps inevitably seems to spend scene after scene trying to evade zombies without a great deal happening. Also the solution/conclusion was rather drawn out and hammered home. A shame it wasn't something more subtle and complex. It was at least nice to see a film that was set internationally. 3/5 (Average)