With questions still lingering over that finale, the show's bosses sit down and answer questions on the 10th anniversary of Lost S1E01.
Amidst The Sopranos, The Wire, Mad Men, Breaking Bad and Dexter, there was Lost – a worthy entry into the pantheon of box set TV shows, but for entirely different reasons. The premise intrigued fans – a downed plane on a tropical island, with mysterious goings on. But soon the 6-season epic moved into the realms of spirituality, and more than polarized its fan base with its notoriously ambiguous ending.
This has become the stuff of Internet folklore, to the point where people don’t care about spoilers, and will happily mock the ‘it was all a dream’ ending without fully realizing what it actually meant. The trouble is, no one really knew what Lost’s ending meant, until now. Damon LIndelof and Carlton Cuse – the show’s big bosses – finally faced fans following that final episode back in 2010.
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An attempt to spice up a true story with fictional characters and events leaves this film feeling artificial. And it doesn't help that the two likeable lead actors never quite crack the surface. But this is still a fascinating moment in history, and the film captures a strong sense of the setting as well as the importance of this urgent meeting of two cultures.
It takes place in August 1945, just after Japan surrenders to the Americans. General MacArthur (Jones) is now charged with determining whether Emperor Hirohito (Kataoka) should be tried for war crimes. So he assigns General Fellers (Fox) to define Hirohito's role. Fellers has experience with Japanese culture: he lived there before the war and fell in love with university student Aya (Hatsune). But he never knew what happened to her, so in addition to working with his translator Takahashi (Haneda) to meet with various wartime officials, he also looks for news about Aya.
There's something fishy about this whole Aya business right from the start, as we doubt that such a high-ranking military officer, charged with such a vitally important task, would spend so much time on his own personal search. We also never really care about Fellers' feelings for Aya, so nothing about this plot-thread and its gauzy flashbacks feels realistic. And sure enough, a bit of research reveals that it's complete fiction. The far more interesting relationship here is between Fellers and Takahashi, which is played with intriguing texture by Fox and especially Haneda but is never properly explored on-screen.
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Starting as a clever Contagion-style investigative thriller, this fiercely paced apocalyptic adventure begins to fall apart early on when smart logic is jettisoned for the more visceral thrills of seeing Brad Pitt save the planet. Sadly, almost every major plot point makes no sense at all, and by the time the film reaches its corny finale, we can no longer suspend our disbelief. But at least it's packed with exciting set pieces that get our pulses racing.
It's set in the present day, as strange unrest breaks out around the world. And when the marauding hordes of undead arrive in Philadelphia, the Lane family barely escapes with their lives. Gerry (Pitt) is a former UN military officer who gets help from an ex-boss (Mokoena) to evacuate his wife (Enos) and children to the safety of an aircraft carrier off the coast. Then he's put to work on a globe-hopping mission to find the source of the infection, travelling first to ground zero in Korea, then to infection-free Israel and finally to a World Health centre in Wales. Along the way he picks up a sidekick in the form of feisty Israeli commando Segen (Kertesz).
The script is only ever interested in Gerry, so the filmmakers never bother deepening any other characters. There's some nice chemistry between Pitt and Kertesz, but she remains essentially irrelevant. As the film goes along, Pitt assumes the responsibilities of experts, soldiers and scientists, so he can singlehandedly solve the mystery. It's utterly preposterous, especially since he has to miraculously survive frequent zombie attacks that kill everyone else. And we won't speak of a shockingly ill-conceived plane crash, which removes what's left of the plot's credibility.
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World War Z, which stars Brad Pitt, Mireille Enos, Daniella Kertesz, James Badge Dale and Matthew Fox is a sci-fi, 'zombie epic' directed by Marc Forster. The movie premiered in New York last night where the red carpet was inundated with stars who vast crowds had turned out to see.
World War Z premiered in New York last night (the London premiere took place on 3rd June). Amongst the stars of the movie were singer Adam Lambert; producers Dede Lambert and David Ellison; actor and film maker Lupita Nyong'o (12 Years A Slave) and child actor Ruby Jerins (Nurse Jackie). Two children who played a role in World War Z, Abigail Hargrove and Fabrizio Zacharee Guido, also attended the premiere. It was a family occasion for Brad Pitt whose father-in-law Jon Voight and his brother-in-law James Haven made an appearance on the red carper.
Pitt stars as Gerry Lane, a UN employee who travels the world attempting to end a zombie apocalypse. He delivers, according to Todd McCarthy of the Hollywood Reporter, a 'capable performance'.
Initial reviews appear to be favourable with the majority of critics claiming that World War Z has 'reinvented the zombie genre'. Others have criticised the movie for being 'bloodless' and dull.
Gerry Lane is a government employee whose job takes him on missions he never imagined he would take when a terrifying pandemic sweeps the globe. His idyllic family life with his loving wife and two young daughters is shaken when martial law is thrown into practise as a deadly rampage of bloodthirsty creatures ensues, consuming the entirety of Russia and is on the brink of overpowering the US. Humankind will come to an end in 90 days unless Gerry and other government officials can find a cure for the quickly spreading disease and discover the creatures' weakness. He does his best to fly his family to safety in a helicopter, but nobody is immune and his mission looks almost impossible as hundred foot walls aren't even big enough to keep the undead monsters at bay as they crawl easily across cities like insects. Will humankind unite once and for all to fight the biggest global threat in history?
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