World War Z (2013)
What does the end of mankind look like? Gerry Lane (Brad Pitt), his family and the rest of the world are face to face with what might be their end. A pandemic has rapidly spread across the globe, transforming billions from healthy individuals into essentially undead…a.k.a. Zombies. Gerry who formerly worked as an investigator for the United Nations is tasked with assisting one man who seems to be the only hope for finding a cure. When things go terribly wrong Gerry is left on his own to follow the bread crumbs and find the answer to mankind’s survival. Also starring Mireille Enos, Daniella Kertesz, James Badge Dale, Ludi Boeken, Matthew Fox, Fana Mokoena, Abigail Hargrove, Sterling Jerins, David Morse, Elyes Gabel, Peter Capaldi, Pierfrancesco Favino, Ruth Negga, Moritz Bleibtreu, Fabrizio Zacharee Guido.
World War Z is a tension riddled, fast paced, atypical horror film that isn’t an award-winning or top 100 movie but it encapsulates everything you expect from a Summer Blockbuster. I will make a comparison that about half of you reading this will get and half of you won’t. World War Z is a video game on the big screen; and if you have played The Last of Us you will have a glimmer of recognition that will make this movie a bit more enjoyable for you. You will notice one of the categories for this movie is horror. I am not a big horror film fan so I hesitate to call this movie a true horror. Horror films aim at striking fear into your very depths. This movie scares you at times for sure, but that is not its ultimate goal. So if you hesitate to see it cause its been labeled horror don’t let that stop you because you will be missing out. World War Z has an okay story that is carried by a superb actor. Brad Pitt and his stoic rugged nature grounds this movie and keeps it from getting carried away with itself. His performance and the fast moving zombies manage to hold your attention. What his performance and the overall story don’t do is draw any real emotion or engagement from you. Best described as overall entertaining and able to get your heart racing at times there isn’t anything deep or moving here. Everything about it is surface level. In fact if you pay attention you can see the end about 20 minutes into it. To its credit the whole thing only lasts 115 minutes. Some critics see this short running time as a flaw. For me the short running time is a blessing because any longer and things would have likely gotten away from the director, Marc Forster and his cast. The best moments are definitely when the action is strong and the pile of zombies is high!
8/10 Stars – Makes you hope that Brad Pitt is there to save the world when mankind is facing its end, that’s for sure!
I will start by saying, when it comes to suspense thrillers, Zombies aren’t my cup of tea. They aren’t scary, they are everywhere and they just aren’t original. I have seen movies like 28 Days Later, Dawn of the Dead, and Resident Evil and for the most part they do their job, but they aren’t movies I will praise. So you can say that when I heard World War Z was about Zombies, I wasn’t that excited but was willing to give it a shot seeing as I had just started playing The Last of Us on the Playstation about the same topic. World War Z isn’t about your typical zombies… these zombies are like the ones in popular video games like Resident Evil 4 and The Last of Us where they are fast, vicious and strong. In fact, the best way to describe World War Z is a cross between the movie Contagion and the 2 games I mentioned above. It has a story with direction. It has enemies that instill fear and terror. It has action sequences right out of a video game and that’s what makes me cheer. Even the score adds an extra dimension that helps create a feeling of impending doom. Brad Pitt does a great job with the material and at times I forgot it was even him on the screen. I was that focused on the movie itself. For those of you that don’t like “horror” films, I can safely say there is little to no blood and you barely see anyone being bitten, let alone bitten badly or ripped apart violently. This movie instills fear and terror through events and relating these events to real life. Just like in the movie Contagion, World War Z is believable in its own right, and that is what makes it so great! I like Zombie movies that add an element of science to the mix. I dunno if it’s the crappy movies I’ve seen this year, leaving “good” movies few and far between, but I really loved World War Z and would say it is the second best movie I’ve seen this year only to Star Trek Into Darkness.
9/10 Stars – The Last of Us meets Contagion, plays out like a realistic video game that is thrilling and suspenseful.
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