I have always wondered what Japan would have been like at the end of WWII when the Japanese surrendered. It seems to me there would be a lot of chaos and resentment during the rebuilding process.
Emperor is based on the book “His Majesty’s Salvation” by Shiro Okamoto. When WWII ended and the Japanese had surrendered, General Fellers (Matthew Fox) was given 10 days to weed through the intricate web of power surrounding the Emperor and detain the men responsible for the attack on Pearl Harbor. He was also ordered to figure out whether or not Emperor Hirohito was a war criminal and if he should be hanged. During his investigation, Fellers was also on a personal quest to find his missing Japanese girlfriend, Aya (Eriko Hatsune).
The film was directed by Peter Webber and the rest of the noteworthy cast includes Tommy Lee Jones, Colin Moy, Takataro Kataoka, Masato Ibu, Isao Natsuyagi, and Kaori Momoi.
This is the first movie of its kind that I have seen. The film was not quite the powerful film that it could have been. However, it was put together nicely, well acted, and well directed.
I thought that the film did an excellent job depicting the ruins of Japan. It was eerie seeing the aftermath of entire cities that had been obliterated.
The movie felt like it was actually taking place right after WWII.
I feel that Matthew Fox has recently proved himself as a capable actor. It was the film Alex Cross (2012) that made me take him seriously. He did a good job in Emperor.
It was yet another no-nonsense role for Tommy Lee Jones and he played the part as well as he always does.
The film did a great job of telling a story that I am sure that a lot of people are not familiar with. If you are a fan of WWII movies like I am, then you will probably enjoy this one. It felt a little slow at times because there are a lot of conversations with translators translating back and forth. They go back and for between that and using subtitles and it makes the film seem longer than it really is.
There is not a whole lot of violence or language and the movie was very tastefully made.
I rate this movie a 7.5 on a scale of 1-10.
Buy, rent, or run? Rent.
World War Z (2013)
World War Z (2013)
Zombies are all around us these days. You’ll find them in the movies, on television, in videogames, books, and maybe even at the grocery store.
World War Z is not your average zombie movie. It’s not all kill, kill and kill just for the shock value. It’s about trying to survive and stopping the deadly outbreak.
Gerry Lane (Brad Pitt) is a family man who works for the United Nations. A zombie outbreak is very rapidly destroying the world and everyone in it. In order to protect his family, Gerry is tasked with the job of traveling around the world trying to figure out where the outbreak originated, in hopes of finding a way to stop it.
The film is directed by Marc Forster and the rest of the notable cast includes Mireille Enos, James Badge Dale, Matthew Fox, David Morse, Fana Mokoena, and Daniella Kertesz.
The movie gets to the point very quickly, developing the characters along the way. Even though there are multiple supporting characters, the film is a one man show. Brad Pitt carries the entire film and does an outstanding job in the process.
The special effects are not too overdone and that is a welcomed surprise. The zombies look as scary and real as they can look.
The film had some similarities to Contagion (2011) which is not a bad thing, by any means. The movie is not a horror movie, but rather a thriller that will keep on the edge of your seat throughout.
Although the movie does gets bloody and gory at times, it never gets too vulgar or over the top. There is very little swearing and nothing about it crossed any lines. In my opinion, the PG-13 rating is very fitting which is not always the case for some movies.
World War Z is an almost family-friendly zombie-apocalypse experience that is immensely entertaining.
I rate this movie an 8.5 out of 10.
Buy, rent, or run? Buy.
Trailer for World War Z (2013)
World War Z (2013) (click on the title for my full review)
A Brad Pitt zombie movie to the extreme. This movie looks like it will be loaded with insanely spectacular special effects. The question that I have is: is it all a little too much? Just look at the poster. Could that ever happen even if there was a zombie outbreak that threatened mankind as we know it?
I’m sure that I will see it. Pitt in a zombie movie in an interesting concept in itself. But, I’m thinking it’s all going to be way over the top. Not that zombies aren’t over the top already…
Other cast includes: Matthew Fox, Mireille Enos, David Morse, James Badge Dale, Michiel Huisman, David Andrews, and Daniel Newman.
It is directed by Marc Forster.
World War Z is set to release on 6/21/13.