‘WORLD WAR Z’ AND JACK KIRBY’S MINDLESS MASS OF HUMANITY
by Tom Scioli July 5, 2013 10:00 AM
Thanks to a reader for forwarding this article to me. Tom Scioli does a nice job comparing the Brad Pitt World War Z movie to Jack’s work.
I haven’t seen the movie (like most of you I’ve seen the commercials), so what I’m about to say might be wrong, and I don’t have time to dive into this point by point, but in a nutshell: I suspect the makers of the WW Z film and Kirby were both influenced by the same genre: apocalyptic, dystopian science fiction, and although the filmmakers may have been influenced in part (to a very small degree, if any) by Jack, I doubt World War Z is Kirby homage. I think Kirby and the WW Z filmmakers were simply digging for coal in the same coal mine. Jack just did it 50 years earlier.
These are simply writers exploring similar themes, not the writers of World War Z exploring Kirby. The difference is that Jack seemed to be genuinely horrified by a world filled with suffering and death on an epic scale so he was not comfortable exploring that type of world in his imagination while writing The Horde, whereas the producers of World War Z and all the new “Zombie” films seem to revel in the act of showing millions of humans being blown to pieces, their blood, guts, and brains splattering in all directions. The rationale is that “zombies” aren’t really human — they are non-human — which is the same type of logic used by everyone from the Nazis when they murdered millions of Jewish men, women, and children; to the Europeans who massacred the Native North American population. To this day, our capital city in America has a football team called the “Redskins,” which is an incredibly cruel term, especially considering less than one percent of the people still living in North America are Native North Americans.
The world ending and death on a Promethean scale is one of the most common motifs you see in ancient mythology and ancient history. I think because the Second World War was so horrible, Hollywood has avoided making movies with stacks of dead, decaying, and dying human bodies for the last 60 years. But now that all the WW II vets are passing away, most American’s have forgotten the horrors of WW II; millions of young people are used to shooter games with massive bloodshed; modern filmmakers have the technology to make realistic piles of writhing human bodies dying agonizing deaths in 3D-HD, so that’s probably the real motivation behind making a film like World War Z; not Kirby homage. Get film-goers who have been totally desensitized to death on a large scale to plop down $10 for a movie ticket and $20 for a tub of popcorn and a coke so they can witness even greater, more massive death on an even larger, more massive scale, the sun in the background providing glorious three-point lighting.
Probably the most sinister aspect of World War Z is that it continues the desensification process. We have a generation of young people who find mountains of people undergoing horrible torture entertaining.
I’m not saying we need to censor stuff like this in our movies or video games — I’m a huge First Amendment guy — I’m just pointing out that the people in power are really starting to shove movies featuring modern day genocide down our throats like its candy. And they may be doing it for a reason — not just because audiences seem to want this type of demented ”entertainment,” but because the international bankers/corporations who own 99% of the worlds wealth are steering America towards a World War Z scenario. They’re getting us ready, and who better to play the star role than Brad Pitt.
I think Tom Scioli pointing out the fact that Jack was uncomfortable exploring these types of themes in his The Horde novel shows that Jack had compassion for mankind. Jack didn’t want to travel down the road of another holocaust even if it was only in his imagination. So although I enjoyed Tom’s article on World War Z and Kirby, unless the filmmakers cite Jack as a source, I suspect they’re probably more influenced by material like Huxley’s Brave New World. World War Z is eugenicist propaganda that works as a double-edged sword: it makes a new holocaust look entertaining, while at the same time promoting the agenda for a New World Order where billions of people will die.
I haven’t seen the movie, yet, I’m sure I’ll see it on cable, but I have to say, and I am NEVER offended by anything, I was a bit sickened by that scene with the pile of human bodies all trampling each other.
It’s certainly a visual symbol of what is happening in the world right now, and a symbol of the history of this world (people getting ahead if life by trampling on the backs of others) but seeing a Hollywood holocaust in a commercial sandwiched between advertisements for beer and toilet paper was a bit depressing. You’d have to think a man like Jack who survived the Second World War and the Great Depression might have felt the same way. The popularity of films like World War Z is certainly not a step in the right direction for mankind.