Former U.N. employee Gerry Lane (Brad Pitt) is forced back into service to protect his family from the ravenous hordes of zombies that stretch across the globe.
You really can’t go wrong with zombie movies, with a decent budget I suppose. I am sure some low-budget zombie movies exist out there that are subpar, most likely student films. Whether zombies and romance are the central focus (Warm Bodies) or you get undead Nazi’s (Dead Snow) the zombie genre is terribly entertaining and continues to change ever so slightly in World War Z. Filled with moments that makes one sketchy in their seat with the underlying notion that you are not safe anywhere. Individually, nothing attributed to this film stands out as a clear cornerstone. When you put a mediocre director, an above-mediocre Pitt, and an easily forgettable supporting cast together you get a safe for consumption PG-13 zombie flick. Despite that last sentence I didn’t expect a whole lot from World War Z, and it is at least worth the price of admission.
Everything starts off picturesque in the Lane house. When the family is stuck in Philadelphia traffic is when the chaos really erupts. The introduction to the infected was pretty wicked. The way the large groups of zombies run, it reminded me of some National Geographic special about large schools of fish. After the initial shock we get our first test of what will become of humanity. In a grocery store scene we get one pass, and one very big fail. Average that together on top of the post-zombie military’s necessity guideline and the everyday man is doomed. While most others would run from the horde, or barricade themselves in a mall, Pitt goes globe-trotting. It is quite humorous as his plane lands on a South Korean airfield only to have the runway lights clicked off. Spooky. The lesson to take away here is having something to give to the world after the undead rise (or you’re adios). Shrieks and mannerisms from the diseased were memorable enough. The howls of the dead were more animalistic than say Mike Patton’s roars from I Am Legend.
Nice action sequences manifest themselves in World War Z after Pitt is given some clue and goes about his way. His actions and continuous survival might be unbelievable in some instances, but also being a producer for the film it is important he survives no? Even without buckets of blood this is still something you can escape into. The movie motivated me enough to contemplate reading the book-if only to find out more about this ex C.I.A. Agent (David Morse). He clearly knew more about what was going down, but wasn’t given screen time to enlighten the rest of us (or Pitt). Don’t know when I would actually dive into the novel since I started “reading” the book that Argo was based around…October 2012. The open ending leaves the door open for a possible franchise (if overseas box office is sufficient), which is something I wouldn’t necessarily shun.
World War Z - ★★★1/4