World War Z- Movie Review
Rated: Pg-13 (I know, I was surprised too)
Trigger Warnings (for the movie itself): gore, violence, and asthma attacks/breathing problems
Contains very mild spoilers.
World War Z is the story of “United Nations employee Gerry Lane traverses the world in a race against time to stop the Zombie pandemic that is toppling armies and governments, and threatening to destroy humanity itself” (x).
Okay, first, you need to know that I didn’t read the book. However, I was talking to a woman who did, and she said it was absolutely nothing like the book. So dont go in thinking to get the same story.
World War Z boasts Brad Pitt (Inglourious Basterds, Ocean’s Thirteen) and Mireille Enos (The Killing), with Marc Forster (Quantum of Solace, The Kite Runner) directing. My personal favorite performance was by Daniella Kertesz (Segen), an emerging actress who will be in AfterDeath (being released November 1 in the UK).
The movie’s main (but not only) weak point was it’s lack of an antagonist. There were plenty of people to dislike, and plenty of zombies to be afraid of, but there was no single antagonist.
Despite this, I really enjoyed the film. It was a lot different than almost all the other zombie movies I’ve seen. A lot of the usual tropes were absent. No dumb blondes who get infected and end up killing the rest of them. No secret government agencies plotting to destroy the world; no ‘oh what are those things?’ (because if the zombie pandemic came upon us, lets be real, we’d all know what they were). They actually called them zombies.
Most of the actual frightening parts of the movie weren’t the cheap-shot, surprise, out-of-nowhere attacks (although I’m not saying there aren’t any of those, but they were used sparingly enough to not be obnoxious). Marc Forster proved that sometimes the suspense works even better.
And instead of being categorized as just a horror film, it’s also very military/war style (which I have a definite weakness for). I wouldn’t even call it a zombie movie, just because the term implies that what you’re watching is going to be, well, bad. Its a horror movie that you’ll actually watch to be scared, not to laugh at.
(Maybe the $190,000,000 budget had something to do with it.)