World War Z review

World War Z is a 2013 action thriller taking place in a world currently being overrun by zombies, based on a critically acclaimed novel of the same name, the film is directed by Marc Foster and stars Brad Pitt, Mireille Enos, James Badge Dale, Matthew Fox. Brad Pitt is tasked with helming the film, bringing in that audience and driving a lot of the main story and he does a pretty good job, fitting right into a believable family man role, he’s willing to sacrifice himself for others and plays the role of the moral character well. While other, potentially interesting characters in the film like Segen (Daniella Kertesez) get little to do and should have gotten bigger roles.

The film thrusts the viewer right into the action Gerry Lane (Brad Pitt) being in a city with his family as everything starts to break down into mayhem as a zombie outbreak occurs, we see this happen and develop out of seemingly nothing as people panic, get bitten and turn and so on and so forth. Gerry is literally in his car with his family and tries to take them out of the situation and get to safety, this throw you right into the action introduction was actually refreshing for a zombie movie and it worked to convey how chaotic a situation like this would actually be.

No one quite knows what’s causing the outbreak or anything really but it’s happening and you should probably run, the film is shot very well and it manages to convey some great tension in the slower scenes, as well as the rampant chaos, without using shaky cam to try and force a feeling of unease or panic. And the zombies themselves in the film are pretty fearsome, running at Usain Bolt esque speeds, they’d give the 28 ___ later series infected a run for the money. A few of the scenes in the film depict them as somewhat of a moving, living horde in fact and they quite literally pile on top of each other to make a sort of zombie ladder at one point which is terrifying to see but tension is removed as you watch it happens because scenes with the zombie-human pyramids effectively look like video game cut scenes with all that CGI.

And therein lies one of the problems with the film, it’s over use of CGI, it’s understandable that a lot of the film just had to be CGI to convey the chaos and masses of zombies and people all runing around, but some scenes just look a bit too unbelievable and take you out of the film a bit, seeming more like a moment from a Resident Evil game than a big budget blockbuster. Though the action itself is decent though and what you’d expect zombie film of this scale with big set pieces and a lot of zombies and in that regard the film doesn’t really do anything different as far as the zombie genre goes but the spectacle present is still cool.

World War Z is a decent zombie movie, a well put together visual beast but also disappointingly bland in places with cardboard cut out characters and a predictable plot that veers wildly from the book and while Brad Pitt is in good form here, he alone doesn’t quite make it great.

6.5/10

. Straightforward storyline, feels same-y

. One dimensional characters

. Some scenes look like cartoons with too much CGI

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3 thoughts on “World War Z review

  1. I agree with you about the over-use of CGI in many films today. One thing I liked about World War Z is that the third act had minimal CGI. That was unusual. I also liked that it is a real drama, not just an action horror film. It had video-game scenes, but overall it had a lot more gravitas. The Resident Evil movies are like a video game from beginning to end.

    I wrote a short essay on World War Z called “The Independent Thinker.” If you would like to read it, here is the link: https://christopherjohnlindsay.wordpress.com/2016/01/24/world-war-z/

    I am open to any constructive feedback.

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