I’ll start this review by saying that I haven’t read the book (it’s based on a novel by Max Brooks – World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War), so this movie completely stands alone in my mind. It starts out with a very brief peek into the main character’s life, which I loved. It was just enough for you to figure out what you needed to know, and then it launched into this wild ride of fast-paced craziness. I always love me a good pandemic movie, so this was right up my alley, especially considering how freaking FAST it spreads and takes hold in this movie. For me, that was the scariest part — that one minute you’re hearing bits and pieces from the CDC and the next minute the whole world is in a state of absolute chaos.
The zombies in this movie are also very unique, particularly in the sense that they are fucking FAST. Most zombie movies don’t phase me much — the zombies are just lurching around, fairly dumb, just mindlessly crawling towards their victims and easily thwarted. These zombies are crazy fast, and seem to pick up on things pretty quickly (though they do, as always, have some weaknesses that can be taken advantage of).
Honestly, the whole “having a family waiting back home” bit was distracting. It just didn’t invoke much emotion in me. Maybe I’m heartless and just after some zombie killin’, or maybe it was just badly done. Who knows.
Either way, I felt like this movie didn’t rely too much on gore. There was some destroying of zombies, of course, and done in a multitude of ways, but it didn’t focus too heavily on that aspect and rather shifted gears a bit to Brad Pitt looking for a “cure”. I personally felt that it seemed to end rather abruptly, but I can’t put my finger on exactly why.
Overall, I did enjoy it, more than I expected to. I’m almost always a fan of Brad Pitt! I’d give it 7 stars.
World War Z (2013) | Directed by Marc Forster | Written by Matthew Michael Carnahan, Drew Goddard, & Damon Lindelof (screenplay) | Based on a novel by Max Brooks | Music by Marco Beltrami | Starring Brad Pitt, Mireille Enos, Daniella Kertesz, James Badge Dale, Fana Mokoena | 7 stars