In recent years, audiences have seen a trend in entertainment involving zombies, which has spawned zombie-filled films and TV shows. Most of these creative presentations involve the spread of a disease, epidemic, or infection of the human race, causing those infected to turn into dead, mindless creatures wondering around and attacking those left alive. In Brad Pitt’s newest film, World War Z, this trend has been taken to the next level as a zombie pandemic has broken out on a global scale, toppling armies and governments, and threatening human existence.
When a disease breaks out in the world and begins to create hordes of “zombies”, former United Nations employee Gerry Lane (Pitt) is recruited to try and find a solution. As a former crisis management specialist, Lane quickly battles through the unknown to try and save the world and most of all, his wife and kids. World War Z is an entertaining, decent film with a structured story, character driven plot, and contains large-scale, intense action and special effects. This film clearly delivers with a multitude of thrilling scares, is intelligently executed, and is the kind of terrifying, riveting, real-world depiction that really makes you think, what if this happened to me?
Most of the film centers around Lane as he tries to figure out how to stop the spread by attempting to find the source of the breakout and speaking with anyone who has knowledge on the subject. The film is somewhat scary with shocking, edge-of-your-seat scenes and action. It also has its moments of humor, some unintentional, as a few of the zombie performances are borderline funny (running, screaming, flapping arms, etc.) The movie is very heavy on CGI and special effects, which are fairly impressive but generally expected in this type of film. Brad Pitt plays a solid main character, and the supporting cast is adequate with a lot of unknown actors.
I only had a few complaints with World War Z. Gerry Lane’s qualifications are not what I would expect from someone the UN is putting their faith in, as he is not a scientist or expert in this area. On a similar note, this seemed to be one of those films where just about everything works out perfectly for the main character: right place, right time, etc. Next, Pitt’s character does not seem to have the passion and motivation for his mission, other than the obvious (family and world destruction). I would have liked to see and feel the emotion driving his character. Lastly, the special effects are good, but at times, things are moving so quickly that the audience can’t always tell what’s happening. You pretty much know what is going on, but there is a lot of chaos to sift through.
Nothing absolutely jumps out to make this film great, but when pitted against its former competitors of this genre, World War Z is a refreshing, believable zombie flick with a lot to offer. It’s not quite a full on horror film or a thought-provoking political film, but World War Z is just the right fit with a healthy balance of twists, real characters, problems, and uniqueness.
World War Z also stars Mireille Enos, Daniella Kertesz, Matthew Fox, Fana Mokoena, David Morse, and more. The film is rated PG-13 for intense, frightening zombie sequences, violence and disturbing images. Running time is 1 hour and 56 minutes. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars.
By: Hayden Pittman
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