World War Z is a 2013 action horror film directed by Marc Foster, written by Matthew Michael Carnahan, Drew Goddard, and Damon Lindelof based on the 2006 novel of the same name by Max Brooks. It stars Brad Pitt as Gerry Lane, a retired United Nations investigator who must travel the world to find a way to stop the worldwide zombie epidemic. Before you discard this film because you’re not into zombies, hear me out. I am not into the whole zombie hype that has taken the world by storm these past couple of decades. Usually anything with zombies in it, I ignore. Heck, even when this came out in theatres back in 2013 I looked the other way. But I was wrong to do that, at least with this particular film.
First off World War Z is not exactly about zombies. Zombies are the slow walking brain dead who give you a chance to get away. Infected are the ones that run as fast as hell to get you, who seem to know how to basic things like climb ladders and walls. Zombies are what we see in TV series The Walking Dead. Infected are on a whole other level. It’s a virus that turns you while you’re still alive.
Now, World War Z isn’t a zombie film. It’s an action film with zombies in it. I was surprised how much better it was than I had thought. Within the first 20 mins I was hooked. All of the wonderful shots thanks to the excellent cinematography, the lighting and the suspense isn’t ruined by cheesy jump scares and graphic blood scenes. This is a film for everyone to enjoy, zombie fan or not. The trailer showed much action by the zombies which turned me off, but the full movie is much more intense apart from the running action.
Brad Pitt delivers a solid lead role. The film doesn’t really have important side roles. There’s his wife played by Mireille Enos who doesn’t support much to the story. We have a couple of interesting actors show up for a few minutes like Matthew Fox and David Morse.
The CGI is impressive but it doesn’t dominate the whole film. Only the widespread aerial views are animated since the close-up encounters with the actors are by other actors. Although some tweaking may have been done to their faces, it’s not so obvious.
So as a non apocalyptic and non zombie person, I have to say I enjoyed this film and its suspense, and would recommend it to anyone who has their doubts about the same subject.
Thanks for reading my review!
– Nick Andersen