World War Z
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Brad Pitt stars in this blockbuster horror as a U.N. employee called upon to establish the origins of a zombie pandemic. As he travels from the U.S. to Israel, Korea and Wales in search of answers, cities and nations fall under the onslaught of undead, leaving mankind's slim hope of survival resting on his shoulders. Based on the best-selling novel, from the director of Quantum of Solace.
Gerry (Pitt) has retired, but his skills as a U.N. investigator are the only reason he and his family are plucked from the zombie chaos in Philadelphia. Lane is pressed back into service and asked to travel the globe looking for the origins of the zombie outbreak. As he travels he finds himself in one life-threatening situation after another - from a Jerusalem laid siege to a Korean air force base gone suspiciously silent, and even a mid-air zombie encounter. To save his family and humanity, Lane will have to survive increasingly vicious events as well as solving what seems to be an unexplainable unnatural phenomenon.
Action, Horror, Science Fiction, Thriller
Rating: M Violence, offensive language & horror
Amongst all the chatter that the zombie concept is played out, consider that the closest these horror staples have come to a blockbuster depiction is the Resident Evil series – something that leaves ample scope for improvement. As the title suggests, World War Z follows the cascading plague of undead around the globe via a series of clashes, stalemates and counter-attacks, and from its broadest, most removed perspective the film offers an enticing blend of action, disaster, pandemic and horror.
Most blockbusters’ strengths lie in their set pieces rather than the often-fragile narrative that connects them together, and this is true here, the challenge in fashioning a wholly viable experience from World War Z made all the more difficult by the fragmented first person accounts that form its source material. Unfortunately, the solution isn’t to insert Brad Pitt into all of these scenarios, the result being an increasingly implausible one man journey around the planet as he gets into, and out of, all manner of zombie scrapes in search of the outbreak’s origins.
Those scrapes are pretty damn fun to watch though - particularly the escalating chaos of the fall of Philadelphia and a tense Pitt-stop in Korea - and for a gore-free film, there are plenty of scares to accompany the film’s unique massively-depicted scale. Sadly, World War Z can’t quite overcome its narrative challenges, well-documented production dramas or the distracting unreality of its undead (through at times average CGI). A rushed ending and unnecessary family subplot don’t help either, making for a mixed bag that isn’t the disaster some predicted, but is unlikely to kickstart a hoped-for franchise.
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White Knuckled and Pail faced...Then there were the Zombies
I saw Marc Forster's latest feature foray with a couple of buddies of mine. Why is this fact important? Well, it's important because as an avid horror/Zombie Movie fan I thought it was important to see this movie with not so avid Zombie movie fans. Why? Well, first and foremost these types of features are best enjoyed with minds of a similar elk.
Secondly, as an avid Zombie movie fan I have found myself the deformed black sheep of many a movie discussion, where I have been labelled grim, morbid and even socially immune. So I have gleaned two things from these discussions: 1. Some people are just plain hurtful and 2. Everyone's appreciation of horror films cannot be measured with the same gage.
World War Z (for me anyway) is a worthwhile flick. A good mix of action, Zombie killing and more action intersected with some monolog as a story-line is worked into the action and zombie killing (com'on, you can't really have too serious a story-line). I liked a lot about the movie including the Zombies and if you have not noticed how quick and agile the modern Zombie is you are in for a treat.
The biggest tell and most accurate gage of this movie however where my two avid movie fans. We were all in cinematic silence, joking about the funnier nuances and white knuckled all at the appropriate times. This movie seemed to have it all and covered its bases well.
Was it the Zombie movie to end all Zombie movies...No. But it was a hell of a ride.
A solid 3/5 from me.
Should have called it something different
I thought this was a really good zombie movie, but they should have called it something different because it was nothing like the book World War Z. Without those expectations, it's a perfectly decent action-horror.
Had some good bits
But average overall. The first hour was good but when the zombies got close up they just looked like boozers who want to be sick. Brad Putt was good and I liked the helicopter action bits.
A World Of Zombies
Just the right mix!
A great thriller that would make you rethink about how probable this can be - we just really don't know what's out there. The story makes us easily appreciate how vulnerable humanity is to the deadliest virus that is waiting to happen. The zombies here were fast, and can outrun most people! I like Brad Pitt's understated approach to his character.
It had Z for Zombies.
It's not THE best zombie film, but its definitely had the thrill, the suspense, the epidemic, the worldwide apocalypse, and the zombies. Masses of zombies were coming in from all directions which I'm pretty sure made everyone giddy about wanting to hose them all with a machine gun.
I'm happy that the female characters weren't your typical damsels in apocalyptic films and stood out much more than Brad Pitt. He didn't deliver a striking performance which made me root for the zombies to eat him all the more.
One thing that bugged me was the lack of child-zombies. I did not see a little kid turn into a zombie, run on all fours, and came at the family-loving-husband-with-two-kids (that would have developed his character more, do you see?).
The film wasn't worth watching in the cinemas. It'd be better if you watched it in DVD at home on a comfy couch, with a smartphone beside you, ready to live tweet how you'd survive the zombie apocalypse.
(I gave this film one more star out of 3/5 because of the ending where everyone's attitude was all like "screw it, can't be bothered finding the cure let's just burn 'em all to hell").
World War Z is a surprisingly competent, tense blockbuster. Just don't expect the book.
With The Walking Dead continuing to be a strong force on television, the Resident Evil franchise somehow still doing good box office business and an unknown amount of zombie indie features infecting direct-to-dvd shelves all the time (with the odd one making it into theaters), its not surprising that studios are looking for the next big hit in the genre. Unfortunately for fans of the excellent book that this film is loosely based on, they are not treated here to the adaptation they deserve and I think nearly everyone was expecting something a lot worse to come out of this. That surprisingly isn't the case.
You know the story. An infection spreads. People start to turn and in great blockbuster fashion, they enlarge the scope and make it worldwide. I think the element that worked very well to guide this film onto the right path was not focusing on any unnecessary family moments in the build-up. They simply wake up, start their day and everything unleashes by the five minute mark. From there amongst all the chaos we are fed smarter-than-average character moments that create enough development to keep us intrigued. That's about where our characters end though. There isn't any great sense of loss or fear for any of them to work with, but thankfully direction, scope and big set pieces that opened the film, continues throughout, even when the film drops out during the final moments of an intense third act and fumbles looking for a strong way to finish. Director Marc Forster and leading man Brad Pitt deserve the praise here. Marc Forster handles his frames with surprising energy and intensity and he manages to elevate the film above any problems it holds. When Brad Pitt isn't scouting for Oscars, he manages to pull off leading man performances in lesser films and he does well here.
World War Z is no great film, but it is far more competent, fun and exciting than most of us expected, with just the right amount of smarts. It delivers the blockbuster goods in droves.
3.5 out of 5.