This film features Brad Pitt and zombies.

Thank you for reading folks, that was our review!

But seriously…

The screen adaptation of Max Brooks’ bestselling World War Z produced by and starring Pitt himself is Hollywood’s latest foray into the zombie craze that has covered the world much like, well, a virus. It is an ironic mix, a family-action-zombie film, Gerry Lane (Pitt) being motivated to heroism, albeit reluctantly, only for love of his family and a concern for their safety. B-level disaster stories tend focus on the disaster itself, but class acts like The Walking Dead understand that it is humanity and compelling characters that truly engage an audience. World War Z understands this truth. Lane’s motivations are close to home, and the characters you invest in such as Lane, his family or his support team are often in or very close to harm’s way. So emotions run high.

Of course, we are still talking about zombies here—and those of the running sort. This means a delightful abundance of chase scenes and riveting ‘surprise-I’m-here!’ moments courtesy of the undead members of the cast, who figure in the thousands upon thousands.

It is well known that the film’s production suffered major setbacks with late-in-the-game delays, reshoots and script issues. Observers were quick to question if these would adversely affect box office performance and the film itself. And you know what? They might.

This is not a perfect movie: the story can feel fragmented at times. And you may feel that there wasn’t enough bait to get you deeply invested in the character of Gerry Lane before he needed to go out and play the hero. But then again, Gerry does have cute children, and that certainly fast tracks viewer loyalty, especially when it’s Brad Pitt who is playing ‘dad’ and saving the world on behalf of the U.N.

In the wake of US summer blockbusters like Man of Steel and Ironman 3, one might not find World War Z hard-hitting, breathtaking, or emotional enough (although this reviewer pegs it as better than Ironman 3). But to be fair, none of the heroes in World War Z have almost indomitable strength or the ability to fly and survive deadly explosions.

It can’t be said that World War Z isn’t a fun film to go see, and you’ll probably find more to love than to hate.

Do you need to see this in the theater? Opinions will differ. This isn’t an audiovisual spectacle like Man of Steel, so you can wait for the DVD and not feel too bad.

But here is who should watch it:

  • Gentlemen looking for a good date movie, the time is now! Do some bicep curls beforehand, because your date will be grabbing your arm and burying her face in it often.
  • Barkadas looking for a good scare that you can all laugh about over drinks afterwards, you won’t be disappointed.
  • Diehard fans of anything zombie: if you like those Outbreak fun runs, or The Walking Dead comics and TV show, this is pretty much a ‘gimme’ for a good time.
  • Fans of the Max Brooks novel World War Z, there are departures from the orignal story, but if you can get over that, you’ll be just fine.
  • Rock band Muse figures prominently on the soundtrack. The music composed by frontman Matt Bellamy is first rate and a wonderful fit; so if music is your thing, your ears will be pleased.

The verdict on World War Z? It’s a lot of fun, and you won’t be leaving cinemas disappointed.

Have you seen the film yet? Are we right or dead wrong? Let us know what you think!

 

 

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