Sunday, June 23, 2013

World War Z review

Zombies are no match for a guy who successfully robs casinos, arrests a murderous Kevin Spacey, kills Nazis, and started Fight Club. Brad Pitt is a boss.
World War Z is one of those movies that looked like it was going to absolutely suck and make no money. First off it had a lot of problems with filming and a lot of problems with money. The release date kept being pushed back and after a while it looked like it may not even come out. It's also another zombie movie, and god knows we have a surplus of zombie films, books, TV shows, and comics. After The Walking Dead, did America really need another dumb zombie movie? The answer is surprisingly yes. I thought that World War Z was going to be a stupid zombie movie that did nothing for the genre. The film was kind of awesome, and believe it or not, did something new for the zombie film genre. Most undead apocalypse movies are just gory survival horror movies really. World War Z was much more of an intense globe spanning thriller. Sure it had it's flaws, but World War Z did a lot of things right. The plot of the film is there is some form of human rabies that is spreading throughout Earth. This disease turns you into a crazed "zombie" whose only need seems to be to attack the uninfected. Brad Pitt's character, Gerry Lane, is an ex-United Nations worker who is called back into duty to assist some army dudes and a doctor to find Patient Zero and develop some kind of cure. Oh yeah, and kick some serious zombie-ass along the way. The obvious strength of World War Z is the directing. Marc Forster has directed a couple decent films but his directing alone has never truly amazed me. His direction in World War Z on the other hand is fast-paced and really helps keep you interested in the story while also keeping you informed. The acting here is pretty good but not amazing. Brad Pitt is an amazing and Oscar nominated actor who almost always picks good movies to be in. This isn't really an exception but his acting isn't really that groundbreaking here. He plays his part and he plays it quite well but he doesn't go outside the acting box. He does look really cool the whole time though. Mireille Enos does an okay job playing Brad Pitt's wife, but she mostly just sits around looking sad the whole movie. That's not completely her fault because the script doesn't give her a ton to do. Even though the acting is just okay, the awesome direction and plot make this movie incredibly intense and suspenseful. I have to say I wasn't bored once the whole movie. Seriously, World War Z may be one of the most intense movies I've seen since Aliens. I'm saying it's as good as Aliens, but it sure is suspenseful. Although it sometimes delves into dumb action, World War Z is still an exciting and intense thriller that actually might be worthy of your time and money. I give World War Z 3.8 out of 5 stars. You can follow me on Twitter @WhitsMovies and like me on Facebook at Happy Viewing!


  1. Good review Whit. I enjoyed the movie more than I ever expected to, however, I will say that it's weak in many areas. Especially the script.

    1. Thanks! I completely agree. It isn't a "good movie" but it was very enjoyable.