World War Z (2013)

World War Z

World War ZStarring: Brad Pitt, Mireille Enos, Daniella Kertesz

Directed by: Marc Forster

Written By: Matthew Michael Carnahan & Drew Goddard & Damon Lindelof

Rating: PG-13 (US)  Running Time:  1 hr 55 min.

Two Cents:

I was pleasantly surprised by World War Z as I usually don’t care for Zombie flicks. This one however, does a really efficient job of introducing our characters and the situation, while also making you care about it. It doesn’t take long before the blood and bodies start to fly, and the movie moves along at an entertaining yet tense pace.

Movie Prep:

Despite my two cents. If you’re not into Zombie flicks, you’d be right to approach this one with low expectations. If you love zombie movies, then you can relax and enjoy. If you’re a fan of the reading material this film is based on, you might want to pass. From what I hear the film takes some big liberties with the source material so you have been warned. The PG-13 rating means this film is lite on the blood and cuts!

Best viewing format:

Due to the incredible scenes of hundreds of Zombies falling over each other to bite new victims, this one is worth seeing on a nice big theater screen. The movie is well shot, and gives us something spectacular and new to see. At home a HD viewing on your TV is recommended, while watching this on anything smaller like your laptop, tablet or phone is not.

Best moment: << mild spoiler >>

Early in the film just as the attacks begin, we see a young man get bitten, and in the background we can hear someones car radio playing a show that starts counting (a game show or something). 1. 2. 3. 4, with Gerry (Brad) looking on. In just a few seconds we learn what happens to someone when they get bitten, and how long it takes for them to turn. It also helps us understand why the Zombie problem is spreading so quickly. Important information the audience needs to know, communicated in a clever efficient manner – nice!

References: IMDBRotten Tomatoes

 

2 comments

  1. I don’t mind a good zombie movie. This is a strange one because the focus is not really on the zombie themselves. You don’t really see them too much, and they run like a swarm or ants. Something which divided fans when this first came out. The big zombie run or walk debate. I liked it though, something more similar to the excellent 28 Days/Weeks later. I think this movie could be a good introduction to zombie movies, anyone not sure about them could watch this and get a feel for them, while still not being completely zombiefied. If you are looking for more Zombie watching i would recommend the 28 Days Later. It is brilliant, and British! Great review!

  2. djblake

    I remember when this was coming out at the cinema and there was a lot of controversy as the movie had a nightmare and the whole third act was reshot, or something along those lines. I think the guy from Lost was going to be a major part of this movie, but the reshoot turned him into a minor role. I have not read the book, and not a big fan of zombie movies, but this one hits the right notes for me to enjoy it.

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