Monday, June 24, 2013

Movie Review : World War Z

Zombies are all the rage nowadays and Brad Pitt has decided to dip his toe into the water to get his share of love from the zombie crowd.
The movie does not pretend to be more than what it is. Starts right off with Gerry Lane ( Brad Pitt ) and his family in Philadelphia going about their day when the infection hits and they are forced to run for their lives. Gerry was part of the U.S. government before he retired to spend more time with his family but still has connections with high ranking officials. The zombies are not your typical slow and methodical ones that you see on Walking Dead or certain video games but more like the ones from 28 Days Later but on speed. They are drawn by noise and come swarming after you in large groups. People are easily overrun by them and in turn are bitten and they themselves become zombies.
Gerry is able to get his family rescued and brought to a battleship in the Atlantic Ocean where he is told he needs to help find a solution or his family will be kicked off the boat. He is left with no choice and is soon on his way to Korea where the supposed epicenter of this epidemic started. There are clues but the answer is still hidden from him and he must now travel to Israel where they have found a way to stay unaffected by what is effecting everyone else in the world. Once Gerry shows up that little piece of heaven turns to hell but he does pick up on major clue and is starting to figure out how to counteract the zombies. He escapes with the information and needs to head to a W.H.O. ( World Health Organization ) office in Europe to put his theory to test.
Once there after a traumatic plane ride he meets up with the head of that branch but is informed that though they have the situation contained they also have people that have been infected and to put Gerry's theory to test they must somehow overcome that obstacle. Climax has Gerry going head first into the W.H.O. zombie den and putting his life on the line for his family.
Verdict : With all the bad buzz and re shoots I went into this flick with lower expectations than I normally have for a Pitt movie and came out pleasantly surprised. This film is by no means a great film but it is enjoyable for what it is. Brad plays his part well and obviously this movie is to showcase him as everyone else is grouped into the supporting category. The movie moves briskly and doesn't really have any slow spots but no really hair raising ones as well. For Brad and / or zombie lovers you will like this movie and I fall into that category so a THUMBS UP from me. If the sight of him or zombies offend you it will be a waste of money and time. 

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