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World war Z is a film starring Brad Pitt as a UN fixer called Gerry Lane, who whilst with his family in Philadelphia is caught up in the first wave of zombie attacks. From a situation where normal life appears to be ordinary and safe, one journey into Philadelphia changes the families life forever. Suddenly people are attacking other people, who once bitten turn into creatures whose only goal is to bite and kill 'normal' humans.
Gerry, his wife and two young daughters escape this first wave and after contacting a senior politician in the US are offered the chance to be air-lifted onto a aircraft carrier away from the wave of zombie attacks which are affecting the major cities in Europe and the US.
Gerry manages to evade the zombies and is picked up from a skyscraper, his family is offered berths on the airship as long as Gerry goes out into the field to try and work out what is causing this infection.
That's the premise of the movie, obviously I don't want to go into it in too much detail as you don't need to know everything what happens in the film. I missed the film at the cinema but borrowed the DVD from a friend and watched at home. Firstly I'd heard mixed reviews about the film but personally found the film a decent watch. Brad Pitt is a far better actor than he's given credit for and in general hold the film together, his sense of why me but with the combat knowledge to make the mission a success works well in the film.
There are still some parts of the film which were a bit silly, Jerusalem builds a huge wall around itself because it learns of the possibilities of zombie which seems a bit far-fetched and it is brought down because they have the sound system on too loud. The zombies in this film are a very different zombies from those slow moving shambling creatures encountered in the classic Dawn of the Dead or the satirical Shawn of the Dead, these are fast moving, superhuman with capacity for surviving horrendous wounds and having a repulsive twitching movement with their heads and hands.
The finale was for me the best part of the film, a gothic horror plane crash, followed by a creepy trip through a Welsh WHO facility and a solution of sorts. The ending has divided opinion but I loved it as it gave us a bit of slow time with the zombies after the helter-skelter pace through the first 90 minutes of the film, this was slow, deliberately so, and a face to face meeting with a zombie.
After watching the film I was looking forward to the supposed sequel and that's a good thing surely? It also made me write my first review on Dooyoo for 2 months and that's got to be a good thing!
== About the film ==
World War Z is a 2013 thriller film based on the novel of the same name by Max Brooks. The film has a run time of 116 minutes and is rated 15 due to language and violence.
== Plot ==
Gerry Lane and his family seem to be quite happy after Gerry left his job as a United Nations investigator. While in the car though, the family witness a zombie infection running riot in the streets. It appears that the infection came out of nowhere and people are dropping like flies. Luckily for Gerry and his family, he is asked to go on one more mission to investigate the infection and find out what caused it to happen. While his family are kept safe in the middle of the ocean, Gerry has to trek all over the world to figure out how to save everyone.
== Cast ==
Brad Pitt as Gerry Lane
Mireille Enos as Karin Lane
Daniella Kertesz as Segen
James Badge Dale as Captain Speke
Ludi Boeken as Jurgen Warmbrunn
Abigail Hargrove as Rachel Lane
Sterling Jerins as Constance Lane
== What I thought ==
I absolutely love zombie films but there hasn't really been anything different to come out over the past couple of years. World War Z was a film I had been looking forward to seeing for a while, even if I was sceptical about Brad Pitt starring in it.
== The plot ==
World War Z starts off with a pretty big bang. Protagonist Gerry Lane (Brad Pitt) and his family are in the car, stuck in traffic, getting on with what appears to be a normal day. Quickly, the traffic jam turns to chaos and it turns out that a zombie invasion is happening which sends everyone into a mad panic. While I liked how quickly the film started, it seemed quite silly that this zombie invasion/ infection came out of nowhere so quickly. It looked as though the majority of people were being turned immediately and if this were the case, surely people would have noticed before that point. Not only that, but the zombies were worldwide and that would have been on the news.
Anyway, even with the weird and unbelievable beginning, it was all pretty exciting. Gerry receives a call from someone he used to work with, begging for his help. Gerry used to be the best and the United Nations know that he's the best person to help figure out what is going on all over the world. So, Gerry and his family need to get to a helicopter to take them away from the madness but in a place running wild with zombies, that isn't the easiest task in the world. This early on in the film, I wasn't expecting to see quite so many zombie attacks or as many desperate chases going on. I loved it though. It was all very exciting even if you did know that the family would quiet obviously get to safety.
Another thing that I really liked about this film was the variety of locations. Quite a lot of zombie films focus on one place for the main part of the film while showing little bits about what else is happening all over the world. This one though really does make a point of investigating the conditions in other countries and actually, not much time is spent in the US at all. It was also really interesting to see other country's takes on zombies and what they thought the reasons behind the invasion were. One of the most interesting parts of the film for me was when Gerry headed off to Israel as conditions there were very different compared to everywhere else.
In regards to the plot, while some bits were a bit silly and didn't really make sense, overall it was very entertaining and I enjoyed watching it. The end I wasn't as satisfied with though. It felt rushed and like the easy way out was taken without a real conclusion being made. However, as the rest of the film was so good, I can forgive this a little bit but it was disappointing at the time of watching.
== Performances ==
Really, Brad Pitt is the main attraction in this film and there aren't really many other characters/ actors with large enough parts. There is something that makes me wonder whether or not he was the right man for the job though. Apparently, DiCaprio's production company and Pitt's were in a bit of a battle for the rights to this film for quite some time and eventually, Pitt's won. Therefore, it made sense that he played the leading role. I wonder if there was even any auditions etc. for the role of Gerry. Anyway, disregarding that, I did think that Pitt was pretty good as Gerry. He isn't 'Hollywood' at all in this film and instead his character is pretty normal; as normal as can be for an ex UN investigator anyway. For the most part of the film, Gerry is separated from his family and conveys his emotions really well. You could tell that Gerry really missed his family and desperately wanted to be back with them but also knew that if he didn't figure out what was going on, the might not be a family to go back to. I usually find Pitt to be quite wooden so it was nice to see emotion from him.
Another aspect of performance I have to address is the zombies. There are certainly many different kinds of zombies in the genre and I can't say that I like them all. But, the zombies in World War Z were a different breed altogether. Think 28 Days/ Weeks later on adrenaline. These zombies are scary as hell as they can run and jump and leap around like an animal. I can see why the infection spread so quickly with them being able to move in such a way. The people playing the thousands of zombies were amazing, as were the make-up and special effects team. There is also a bit of a twist to the zombies too in this film but I won't go into that as it gives quite a lot away. What I will say though is that I loved the difference with these zombies.
== Overall ==
World War Z was actually a great zombie film and I think one of my favourites now. I thoroughly enjoyed watching this film even if there were some silly bits and a disappointing ending. It would have been five stars from me if the ending had been more final.
As recently as ten years ago it would have been completely unheard of to make a mega-budget zombie blockbuster starring a Hollywood A-lister, and I'd wager that no studio would even have considered it if presented with a script. Zombie films used to be a bit of a niche category within the horror genre, albeit one with a ravenous cult following of fans, but it could never have been called mainstream. The point in which I believe we started to see a change was with the introduction of 28 Days Later, and the brilliant 'ZomRomCom' Shaun of the Dead, which both gained extraordinary popularity with budgets as low as £8m and £4m respectively. This new-found love for zombies was highlighted by the later successes of Zombieland and the hit TV series The Walking Dead. This brings us to 2013, where zombies had become the new vampires, and where a $190m undead blockbuster has been greenlit and unleashed in the form of World War Z. To put that massive figure into perspective, it is the joint 32nd most expensive film ever made, placing higher than The Dark Knight, and costing approximately 1,650 times more than Night of the Living Dead.
World War Z is loosely based (and I mean very loosely) on the book of the same name by Max Brooks. However, after rewrites that completely changed the script, Brooks has claimed that the only thing the two entities have in common is the title, and he has a point. The film plot bears no resemblance to that of the book, and the zombies do not follow many of the traits set out in the canon of the novel. This is not to say that it is a bad film. It is just not the film that the author envisioned when he sold the rights to Paramount.
The film focuses on former UN investigator Gerry Lane (Brad Pitt), who is tasked with the daunting challenge of travelling the world to find a possible weakness that could be exploited to prevent the undead plague from wiping out the remains of humanity. The globetrotting nature of the plot may actually be one of the strongest attributes of the film. This is because it lends a tremendous feeling of scale to the story; showing the devastation that has been caused across the world. It is a fresh change of pace from the standard zombie movie outline of 'find a secure building; try to hold out in secure building; secure building inevitably gets overrun', and the fact that there is a selfless ultimate goal other than survival allows for a greater presence of tension, thanks to the potential impact of the protagonist's failure.
The aspect of the film that stood out most for me, as a contrast to the majority of zombie films, was the speed of the afflicted undead. In the world of horror film fandom there are many 'zombie purists' who believe that the living dead should always walk, amble or lurch along on their decomposing limbs, and never run; these purists would froth at the mouth at the agility of the creatures in World War Z. The reanimated corpses are definitely not 'walkers', or even 'runners' ... they are the sprinting dead: a direct cross between the 'infected' from 28 Days Later and the velociraptors from Jurassic Park. They can clear one hundred metres in ten seconds flat, hurdle a car and then pounce 15 feet through the air to execute a precision tackle that would elicit a "clever girl" from even the most experienced hunter. While some may argue that faster predators equals a higher threat, therefore a scarier threat - I have to disagree. There is something innately unnerving about the jolting lurch of a traditional zombie that loses its effect when they sprint like athletes. In World War Z, the "Zekes", as they are referred to by the military, are at their most frightening when they are standing dormant with nothing to chase. It is only then that you can appreciate the grotesque twitching and spasming that the infection causes, and it is during one of these moments that the film delivers one of its only genuinely scary scenes.
PLEASE NOTE: This is a film review only.
Brad Pitt stars as Gerry who's trying to not only get his family to safety but also trying to stop a zombie pandemic. The film starts like any other horror flick, where it's all quiet and peaceful and slowly builds up to the mayhem. After Pitt gets his family to a safe place, he continues on with his journey to find what started this pandemic and a cure.
I love zombies. They genuinely terrify me, but this film bored me so much! All it was, was people running, running and running. Yes, I know it's a zombie film and what do I expect, to see people carrying on with their lives.. No, of course not, uou are going to run for your life. To be honest I think The Walking Dead tv show has ruined all other zombie show/films for me. I find it so realistic and you get to see more of people and how they live, that a 90 minute film just can't do it. At some points, WWZ did have some fast action scenes, but unfortunately it just didn't kick my interest. On the plus side, if you aren't really into all that gore, then you'll like this film, as it didn't have any.
The only famous face I knew was Pitt, but no matter how many pretty and famous faces you could have put into this film, it wouldn't have made it anymore exciting.
In this film you see Pitt travelling from country to country trying to find a cure or people who can help him, but no matter where he goes he always ends up near death, that guy just cannot catch a break! No one would have survived multiple zombie attacks, a plain crash and what.. a 500 mile trek with barely any food or water.. come on! It was just silly.
This to me was not a zombie film, this was people just having a bad day really. The way I see zombies are slowish walking corpses, who crave human flesh which is probably how most people see them. In this film the zombies were fast and I rarely saw them actually eat anyone. They just seemed to attack people for 10 seconds, have a nibble and then move on to another, and to me, that's not what zombies do. I think this film would have been more popular if they changed it to an infection outbreak, but they gave it ago showing us that zombies can be different, but sadly it didn't pay off.
I remember seeing the trailers and ads for this and instantly thought it looked interesting, being a zombie fan. Although reviews seemed a little mixed, I went in with an open mind when I recently rented it. Whilst it did seem to lack a certain something and had a slightly lack-lustre ending, it was quite an action-packed flick with plenty of undead gore.
World War Z was directed by Marc Forster, who has worked on several films including Monster's Ball and Finding Neverland, so he has some experience in the field that shone through in this flick. I would say it falls within the genres of horror and action/adventure and is, of course, a zombie movie. With plenty of zombie movies out there, this is set apart by the scale of effects and the protagonist being played by Brad Pit.
We're introduced to Gerry Lane, a United Nations employee who has been out of the field but still renowned for being a top-notch investigator. He lives with his wife and young children, and their quiet life is quickly disrupted as humanity around them seems to take a turn for the worse. Whilst in a supermarket, violence and chaos erupts and he knows he needs to get his family out of there. Caught in traffic and confusion, no one seems to sure what's going on; the neighbourhood seems to be in uproar and it becomes evident that it's not just Gerry's part of America that is unsettled. So what's all the fuss about? Well, it's a zombie invasion of course! What starts of as a blistering of fear and panic soon gives way to a zombie pandemic, where the undead start taking over and eating everyone in their path.
Gerry's lucky in a sense because of his role with the UN. Orders from high above, at a presidential level, want him on board to investigate. In effect, they want him sent on a suicide mission across the world to find a way to save humanity. No one really knows what these zombies actually are, how the take over happens after someone is bitten or how to stop it. Gerry's family is promised safety upon his agreement to help, and from here on out we see him and a few select other soldiers in this fight against the undead travel from place to place to find some answers.
So, that's the basic premise. Zombies attack. Pitt is sent to get answers and save the world. Of course, it's not that easy. With little to protect himself and half the world seemingly fighting to stay alive, the zombies truly are taking over, topping nations, governments and armies. It's an invasion on a grand scale and the film really brings this to life with some rather grandiose effects and images. This is actually an adaption a novel by Max Brooks, though having not read this myself I can't really make any comparisons. The premise is somewhat weak, for instance, with the ending leaving me feel like I wanted more. I wanted to know how things could progress, how it would end, but alas, the film keeps us on tenterhooks from start to finish.
However, this gives us something different to what's already out there and is quite far from George Romero's offerings. We're given a lot of action and the effects are generally very good. The action keeps the pace up nicely throughout and there's a degree of tension and anticipation that remains throughout. I know at one point I was on edge waiting to see what would happen as zombies suddenly appeared from no where. What I found a little different was actually the zombies themselves. Rather than stumbling around and lurching after their pray, these bad boys seemed to leap and bound and run. This significantly upped the pace and changed the dynamics of the action scenes.
The cast includes Brad Pitt (as Gerry Lane), Mireille Enos (as his wife, Karin), Daniella Kertesz (wounded Segan), Fana Mokoena (Thierry Umutoni), Peter Capaldi (a doctor) and Matthew Fox (who played a very small role as a parajumper) amongst others. Pitt was as expected to a large extent and wasn't overly sparkly-shiny in an overdone Hollywood fashion. He was, for the most part, quite a raw character that added some handsome appeal to the cast, energy and a smidge of emotion. With so many people dying, the world falling apart, and Gerry being separated from his family and fearful for their welfare, he was able to generate a reasonable sense of despair and dedication for the audience to empathise with.
The downside was more in terms of the lack of 'something' that I can't quite put my finger on. Perhaps the wishy-washy ending that doesn't give us much and leaves the viewer feeling disappointedly saying 'what, is that it?'. Perhaps because there's some emotion and effects but little else in the way of the larger story; we don't really see what happens to the characters, to the world in fact, after this disaster. There's no grand finale, as if the film either expects us to make up an ending ourselves or just couldn't figure out a way to end it properly without ruining it by rushing or throwing together a bunch of clichés.
World War Z actually received an award plus 5 nominations, so it obviously did something right. I would say that overall, whilst I wasn't as keen on the ending and the film thus felt like it lacked a certain 'something' because of this, it was a reasonably good watch. It kept me intrigued and engaged throughout; a strong cast, twist to the usual zombie romp entertainment in terms of premise, and great action sequences made it easy and entertaining to watch, just don't expect too much.
DVD released 2013, running time 114 minutes, rated Certificate 15
Selling on Amazon for £10
Star - Brad Pitt
Genre - Horror/Sci-Fi
Run Time - 117 minutes
Certificate - PG13
Country - USA
Awards - 1 Win (5 nominations)
Blockbuster Rental - £3.99 per night
Amazon -£10.00 DVD (£15.00 Blue Ray)
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So the epic 'World War Z', based on the Max Brooks novel, resulting in a head-to-head bidding war between Brad Pitt and Leo DiCaprio's production companies to get the rights, Pitt's Plan B Company winning out at the last. It was and ambitious project with big overruns duly arriving, the pure scope of a worldwide zombie infection and hunt to find a source the obvious culprit.
Half way through the filming a $20 million rewrite was ordered to desperately cut those costs, the film eventually coming in at $190 million. You can see that overdraft kicking in by the unglamorous locations that begin to pop up, a rather stretched ending in Cardiff of all places resulting in this year's best piece of quirky movie trivia, care of Peter Capaldi. Here he plays a W.H.O. Doctor (World Health Organization) in a rather autumnal Cardiff, just two months before he would get the role as another Doctor, who seems to live in that part of Wales. WHO, get it? Glaswegians will know will know all about World War Z as some scenes were filmed in their city where 2000 of you have the time of your life as extras, the city no stranger to rabid men chasing terrified shoppers down the streets.
As far as production problems go there's no doubt this film would not have been made unless an A-List star not only starred in it but put up some of the cash in alongside his name, a huge pressure for Pitt and Paramount studios. The big blockbusters can make or break a studio these days. But it turned ok and has pulled in $540 million dollars to date and an enjoyable zombie blockbuster too.
Brad Pitt ... Gerry Lane
Mireille Enos ... Karin Lane
Daniella Kertesz Segen
James Badge Dale Captain Speke
Ludi Boeken ... Jurgen Warmbrunn
Matthew Fox ... Parajumper
Fana Mokoena Thierry Umutoni
David Morse ... Ex-CIA Agent
Elyes Gabel ... Andrew Fassbach
Peter Capaldi ... W.H.O. Doctor
Pierfrancesco Favino W.H.O. Doctor
Ruth Negga ... W.H.O. Doctor
Moritz Bleibtreu W.H.O. Doctor
Sterling Jerins ... Constance Lane
Abigail Hargrove Rachel Lane
Gerry (Brad Pitt) and Kerry Lane (Mireille Enos) and their young kids Rachel (Abigail Hargrove) and Constance (Sterling Jerins) live in New York. But their and everyone else's world is about to be turned upside down when a strange virus breaks out and spreads around the world, turning people into zombies, a whole lot of them currently charging down Broadway towards the Lane family in their SUV. Gerry is a former UN investigator and calm under pressure in a war zone, doing everything he can to stop him and us family becoming one of 'them', normal zombie rules applying.
With pretty much the whole of the city infected he calls in a favor and gets a military airlift out for him and his family from the rooftops, a close call. On the US Navy fleet, he, and so his family, can only stay on the overcrowded aircraft carrier if Gerry contributes to help to beat the epidemic, which he reluctantly agrees to.
His job is to join a virologists (Andrew Fassbach) and a team of heavily armed marines to track down the possible source of the infection, the team soon in the air and on their way to South Korea where a doctor had bought the infection to a US military base in Soul from an unknown country a week ago, where a delirious CIA man (David Morse) then points the finger to Israel, the team only just getting out alive from Korea when the zombies attack.
Jerusalem is keeping the zombies at bay just long enough for Lane to get his next clue, an email from rural India sent ten days ago, talking of a war with the 'rakshasha' (the undead), again his aircraft only just getting out on time. Whatever started this is lost in the carnage and it looks like the living will simply be overwhelmed by the dead before Lane can find the cure.
As far as zombie films go its big budget, looks great and thrilling, very much 28 Days meets every other zombie apocalypse movie since Danny Boyle grabbed hold of the genre by the lapels and shook it into the 21st century. The days of arms outstretched undead are long since gone. CGI allows for a whole lot more of those zombies racing around. It has the size and ambition of the over - the - top end of the world epic '2012' but lacking that bit of tongue-in-cheek humor of films like the excellent Zombieland all movies need.
The superior narrative of the book was chopped up some to avoid its stronger political content coming through, of which we do get a glimpse of in Israel, director Marc Foster told to tone it down so to try and sell to China, where the book says the outbreak first starts.
The negative isn't a big one but Brad Pitt is not really right for the roll with his long hair and blue eyes, even though he is perfectly fine. He doesn't look like a UN negotiator. Its at this point you realize this is going to be a straightforward disaster movie. He looks like a pensive Brad Pitt thinking about how much this particular scene cost before delivering his pithy line. There are plenty more A-Listers ahead of him more suited to this roll. But he bought the rights and as producer he knows the best way to keep the money down is play the lead and use an unknown cast around you to big up the star some more along side those minions and savings, which he did. I also believe Pepsi paid a significant sum of money to have their product placed in the movie and equally unsubtly done.
It got a surprisingly soft PG13 certificate for the destruction and scary moments on show for younger kids and so a warning there for parents. One would presumes the sensors deducted that the slaying of the undead by the container ship load doesn't count as the zombies are already dead, right, although horror aficionados will tell you World War Z zombies are not proper ones because they turn from living human from a bite as well as when dead.
It's a shame Pitt and Foster got as scared as the people being chased around by zombies on screen so to dumb down the movie at the last to recover its production cost with a soft middle and end. There is a kernel of a good idea here that not exploited enough on how the world's religions take over when governments are all gone. The sequel is, of course, on the way.
Imdb.com - 7.1/10.0 (223,123 votes)
Metacrtic.com - 63% critic's approval
Rottentomatos.com - % critic's approval
Bit of back story to the theoretical spread of this type of virus.
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Could this virus happen? Well know but this is how a deadly disease will spread.
Chicago Sun Times - 'If you need proof that sometimes more can be less, here you go'.
The New Republic -'Z has guts and energy. It starts its mayhem early and it never lets up'.
We Got This Covered -'World War Z is a surprisingly entertaining, yet slightly generic zombie picture that shows promising scope and globe-trotting action, but suffers from too many genre clichés'.
Movie Crypt -' the definitive zombie film for people who don't like zombie films yet want to say they liked one'.
The Sun -'If you have a thirst for zombie movies, this one will quench it but won't deliver anything you haven't seen before'.
The NY Post -' An intelligent Zombie Apocalypse film, starring Brad Pitt no less. Boy, I sure did not see that one coming'.
I'm a big fan of zombie movies, probably my favourite type of horror films so when this came out I was quite excited to watch it, especially because Brad Pitt is in it. I heard some bad things about it saying it wasn't very good but I've never a Brad Pitt film that I haven't enjoyed so I had still had high expectations of the film.
The beginning of the film is quite similar to your average zombie film, normality beginning to get disruptive, news reports of strange violent attacks and soon after, carnage. Gerry (Brad Pitt) is in the middle of it all and needs to get his family to safety. But with more and more people turning into ravaging zombies, this isn't an easy feat.
I don't want to talk too much about the storyline as I'll end up giving things away like who dies and who survives and it'll spoil it for those who haven't seen it. The storyline is a lot more complex than those you normally see in a zombie film. Rather than barricading themselves in and hiding in one place there is a lot of action and people searching for the source of infection so they can develop a cure.
The casting, in my opinion, is good as Brad Pitt is a very talented and likeable actor as well as some of the other characters in the film. The only thing I didn't like about having an A lister in a film like this is that he's centre of attention and does things that aren't very realistic. He seems to survive some things that a normal person shouldn't live through and excel in everything he does which can be a little irritating. Other than that, I can't complain. he's happy to run around and get dirty in various scenes and he's very easy on the eye to watch too.
I like the complexity of this story in comparison to other zombie films I've seen. The zombies are a big problem as unlike the old dawn of the dead where the zombies drag themselves around, these zombies sprint and dive on people making it much more difficult to escape. If you're locked in a car in this film, you're not safe because they'll smash the windows with their heads to get in. This made it feel more scary to me as they're a lot more difficult to fight and run away from. I also liked the idea of looking for the source of infection, trying to save people and working out how the virus works. They touched on this idea in 28 weeks later but it's a lot more realistic and in depth in this film rather than just hiding and killing as many zombies as they can.
Another complaint I'd have about the film is the lack of gore. For a zombie film I was suprised at the lack of blood that I saw throughout the film. I know that sounds like a really odd thing to say but in these films people lose limbs and there's intestines flying about as a rule but there's not a lot at all in this. Even when someone gets bitten you don't see a lot of blood or gore which I think could have added to the scare and gross factor.
I found this film to have some really jumpy bits and it's quite a nail biter at parts but I also had some parts where I was saying "Well that wouldn't happen" or "you just wouldn't do that" and I don't think that's the kind of reaction you should have to a zombie film that was on such a high budget. I like the ideas in the film and the acting is done well. It doesn't get too complicated or boring at any point but I think a little more thought and gore would have made this film considerably better. I think this is more the type of film you'd watch alone wheras some zombie films I wouldn't even consider watching on my own. This is more methodical and interesting than scary but I'm glad I watched it and would say it's worth a watch. I'd wait till it comes down in price though as it's not one you'll watch over and over though.
Zombie movies? meh!... a genre done to 'death', if you'll forgive the pun - "Night of the Living Dead", "28 Hours/Weeks" later and more recently the highly successful "Walking Dead" TV series sit as personal highlights of mine in the already overly-saturated zombie/post apocalyptic lazy choice for filmmakers without much in the way of imagination so when I read that "World War Z" was yet another zombie movie to add to the countless others I was less than enthusiastic about seeing it, after all everything and anything that could be said and done with zombies had already been done before, right?.
So this was my problem with World War Z before I even saw it, I expected nothing new and questioned why we actually needed yet another zombie apocalypse film, what did sway me into giving it a shot though was the casting of Brad Pitt in the lead role, films like these don't usually attract such big names to the starring roles, so what was special about this film and why would an 'A lister' want to be associated with a horror film and a 'zombie' one at that. I decided to see for myself.
True to form the premise of World War Z isn't anything we haven't seen before but at least it doesn't take too long for the action to kick in. We quickly discover via 'news' reports that violent outbursts across the world are increasing without any explanations and following a seemingly normal family consisting of Gerry (Pitt), his wife and their 2 children we see them witness a series of random attacks by strangers as they drive along in their car. Panic soon kicks in as cars crash, people are savaged and killed yet after only a few seconds appear to reanimate and go on the attack themselves. Carnage comes quickly and swathes of people are attacked, turned and become the attackers themselves and it's happening everywhere... Is mankind doomed? It certainly looks like it...
So the set up for WWZ isn't terribly original but once it starts I do have to concede that it's not a bad film at all really and I actually ended up enjoying it far more than I expected to. It has a very good 'epic' feel to it which goes against most Zombie films which are usually just set in one location and are generally a battle to survive and instead this film goes global thanks to making Gerry a United Nations employees with 'contacts'. Gerry and his family are rescued and shifted to safety and the film follows Gerry as he tries to pinpoint the cause of the Pandemic and find some sort of 'cure', he gets teamed up with the army as he is flown to various parts of the world where we get to see the scale of the disaster and I do think that this element lifts the film from being run of the mill. For me it was like a cross between a disaster and horror film, the scale of devastation caused by the rampaging undead was rather cool, whole cities are destroyed and there are some exciting set pieces that kept my interest throughout the film's running time.
What I did like was how the undead are portrayed, they're not the slow, plodding zombies of old and rather like the 'rage' infected ones in the "28 days/weeks" films they are shown as ferocious and feral. They literally snarl and scratch and bite their way to their prey and will stop at nothing to get what they want, they crawl over one another, trample over the slower ones and in some scenes throw themselves off buildings just satisfy their desire for food. This does make for some exciting scenes in the film and I actually was rather impressed that at least the film makers here tried to do something different and the desperation of the zombies was really done well.
Another thing that was rather nice about the film was the lack of any real gore, it doesn't rely on shock tactics and though there are a few 'bite' scenes it's not over the top. The make up effects are good, again they're not too gross so shouldn't be too offensive for some and I quite liked this subtle approach to a zombie film rather than throwing buckets of blood on people or ripping out intestines which seems to be the staple for films in this genre. Whilst I wouldn't go so far to describe the film as an 'intelligent' addition to the genre it did make a nice change for the focus not being on grossing out the audience and instead offer a more 'disaster movie' feel to the film and I think the approach was quite innovative and really quite different in this day and age where FX can be overused and overly relied on.
Brad Pitt's casting was an interesting choice and having watched the film now I'm not quite certain why he agreed to do it, presumably he was paid top dollar for his appearance and having his name attached to the film obviously gave it an additional draw for people but his performance in it isn't anything to get excited about and any competent actor would have done just a good a job. He's fine in the film, neither brilliant nor terrible, the script wasn't terribly taxing for him and compared to some of his previous films this feels a bit like a step backwards for him as far as his career goes but he's competent all the same and does what he's supposed to do, reacting in all the right places and being the 'hero' of the piece. All in all though it could have been anyone playing the part of Gerry and the film would have been the same.
Overall though I enjoyed World War Z a lot more than I expected to. It might be a bit tame for some wanting a zombie film with guts 'n gore and perhaps some will comment that it's a little too similar to others in the genre (which, admittedly it is). It's worth a watch though and at around an hour and three quarters doesn't outstay its welcome, the pacing is on the whole good and it shouldn't be too much to handle for those who don't like to see a lot of blood.
If you're looking for a frightfully bloodtastic treat for Halloween this year then WWZ isn't the film to go for but as far as zombie films go it's not too bad and from me gets a pretty decent 3 star rating. Thanks for reading my review.
World War Z
Everyone has seen a zombie film and typically you expect zombies to be bloody and gruesome and obviously - dead. In your normal zombie film there's a breakout of the walking dead and people are told to stay in there homes and aim for the head if necessary. In Marc Forsters Zombie apocalypse version there's a weakness that the Zombies have in order to infect others. I did also feel like there was a scene taken from snakes on a plane - whether it was intended or not I couldn't say but it definitely seemed like it.
I have only really heard of Brad Pitt who is one of the well known actors and has been in many films such as Se7en and interview with the vampire. The acting was good in comparison to a lot of films that are coming out lately where you've never heard of any of the cast and then you expect the acting to be poor quality but in this case for me I didn't expect it to be rubbish but I was a bit dubious as to how good the acting was but I was quite happy with that side of things.
Brad Pitt - Gerry Lane
Mireille Enos - Karin Lane
Daniella Kertesz - Segen
Fana Mokoena - Thierry Umutoni
Peter Capaldi - W.H.O. Doctor
There's a breakout and people need to evacuate immediately or keep safe in there homes. There's chaos and the law doesn't really account for anything at the moment where even police aren't bothered by somebody being shot in the local supermarket. Everyone is out to fend for themselves and it's a bite away from being a "Z". So Gerry Lane (Brad Pitt), wife and two daughters are running to get to intelligence so Gerry can assure the safety of his family and go out to look for the cure for the Zombie infestation.
After going to various different places to try and find the source Gerry knows one thing, they are attracted to sound so they need to be quiet and apparently they sleep! After further strange sightings and remembering a few words said to him Gerry has an idea that could camouflage an army of soldiers to go out and kill the Zombies and to give them more time to find the source of the problem.
I like the plot it is different it one thing that I did find was the ending was a little rubbish as I expected a bit more for me it was more of a cliffhanger or where you don't truly know if things got better or exactly what happens next it seemed like more of a summary really and I think this did ruin the film a little.
The make up was realistic and was impressive, the ladder of zombies was impressive and the explosions were good too but realistically I think some of it could have been better, they made the Zombies look gaunt and thin and it made them seem a little unrealistic at times and to me I thought sometimes they looks a little video game-ish but I suppose that was a million times better than some of the original zombie films but to me I preferred the zombie make up in films such as dawn of the dead at least the contact lenses and blood made them appear to be more realistic - it might just be me being a little nit-picky but I would have preferred it if it was a little more like that.
I didn't really find the soundtrack all that impressive - I didn't notice it much and I'm a bit confused as to just how many songs there actually are as some sites say 11 some say 5 so I shall leave the track listing off this time.as stated though I didn't notice it and to me the music is what helps to create suspense and help to engage the viewer - I couldn't do that I didn't think the film was scary and I didn't find the film to be the least bit jumpy. I think that the music should have been massively improved to be honest and I am disappointed with that side of things to say the least.
I bought this film off iTunes after watching the trailer and it was listed as being number one in the charts so I thought I would give it a go - I am a bit disappointed that I paid £9.99 I would say it is worth £7 at the most at the moment I don't think it's as good as the trailer made out to be and I expected better it I'm honest. Maybe I built up too much with my expectations but even still I don't feel like they were met.
I'm going to rate this film three out of five stars, the acting was good, the plot was slightly different but the snakes on a plane copy was a little rubbish in my opinion. The music should have been better and I've seen better looking Zombies. I would recommend this film because I like the fact that it's different but for the money I wouldn't say it was worth you would probably end up watching this film 2/3 times at the most it's not something you would watch repeatedly.
Yesterday, I and my fiancé decided that we wanted to watch a film. After having a look at what was on offer on our television package we decided on World War Z.
This is a film that we had both seen advertised and we both agreed that it looked really good. We paid £3.99 for 48 hour rental, however the film can also be purchased on DVD and Blu Ray. The film is 116 minutes long, had a budget of 190 million dollars and it is has got a 15 certificate.
=== CAST ===
There is not very many faces at all that I recognised in this film other than Brad Pitt, who plays the main character Gerry. According to an online source, Matthew Fox is also in the film and he plays the part of a soldier, but I have to be honest and say that his performance was so minimal that I didn't even realise that he was in this until I looked online at the cast list!
I'm pretty sure that if I watched it again and kept my eyes peeled I would recognise him but I was actually quite surprised that I didn't because I am actually a long term fan of his. Other actors in the film include Michelle Enos who plays the main character's wife, Karin. When watching the film I did recognise her face very slightly but didn't know why but looking online now I can see that she has been in quite a lot of television programmes and films.
I am not going to go into the rest of the cast in detail because to be honest they are all fairly unknown and a full cast list can be easily found online.
=== PLOT ===
Gerry Lane is a stay at home Dad to his two daughters. He's very much a family man and is married to a woman called Karin. They seem really happy and Gerry is glad to be rid of his job - he used to work as an investigator for the United Nations. The family live in Philidelphia in America. When there is a zombie-like outbreak thought to be caused by some kind of virus, Gerry's only way of getting his family to safety is to agree to go back to his old job and help the United Nations find a cure for the virus.
=== MY OPINION ===
I had very high expectations for this film, however I was left feeling bored and disappointed just half way into it! The film is full of cliches and when watching it I couldn't help but think that it was a rip off of the well known zombie film twenty-eight days later. Some of the scenes are literally just like scene for scene remakes, for example the apartment block scene.
The beginning of the film when the outbreak is first happening didn't keep me gripped at all, it just seemed like a very generic zombie film and I wasn't drawn in by the beginning. Yes it was action packed but it was more of a blur of action rather than there being any outstanding scenes. As the film goes along it doesn't really get any better and I found my self disinterested and I could feel my self getting very bored and just wanting to turn it off.
One scene that I found really pointless and predictable was when the little girl - Gerry's daughter has an asthma attack and they have to go to a supermarket to get her medication because they lost it, I found this whole part of the film really predictable and unnecessary, it was obvious that it was put in to add suspense but I just felt really bored. I also found my self almost laughing at some of the gory scenes because the acting was that bad, and I did actually laugh out loud when the doctor ran away from the zombies after the plane had landed even though I don't think it was supposed to be funny!
The film gets slightly more interesting when the main character goes to various places in the world for example Singapore and Jerusalem, but not for long and it seems like every five minutes or so someone is getting shot in the head and the violence in the film is the sort where it is just over the top and overdone so it gets really boring and I felt desensitised. Also, I didn't feel like I had any connection to the main character and I wasn't really bothered about whether or not he made it out alive.
One scene which impressed me slightly is the zombie 'tower' scene in Jerusalem where they are climbing up the wall, anyone who has seen the film will know what I mean by this, I thought it was a good concept which hadn't been done before in other films with zombies in as they don't usually climb things. Also, the concept of the zombies being attracted to sound, and the concept of illness on the film (again, I won't go into detail as it will spoil the film for others who have not seen it) were interesting.
The special effects in this film are not as good as I had expected, in the adverts that I had seen the picture looked spectacular but in this I thought it looked quite obviously fake at some points, especially in most of the big scenes where there were helicopters and plains crashing etc however the make-up and special effects used on the zombies was good and the zombies looked realistic rather than just looking like people who'd dressed up for Halloween!
The ending of the film is the best part in my opinion, I would personally say that the last thirty minutes were the best but still, it wasn't a very good film and I would not want to watch it again because the story is very generic, boring and predictable. Brad Pitt's acting skills are good but the rest of the actors really aren't great, I felt awkward watching them at some points because the acting was so bad and also the plot and script let the film down. I think that if you have previously seen at least two or three zombie films then you will also find this boring and predictable, as it is just pretty much the same thing with a different name and with different zombies and actors.
It is also very unbelievable. I know it's make believe and a film about zombies so obviously it will never be believable but they could have made it feel a little more like it was happening in the real world, but it didn't it just felt like I was watching people on a film set, no hint of reality at all. I also found the end narration very cringey! I found my self wanting to fast forward the film at some parts but bared with it and I feel like I have wasted nearly two hours of my life.
I asked my partner for his input and he said it was alright but nothing special. We both had a good laugh about how ridiculous most of it was though!
=== Recommended? ===
No! Not at all. One out of five stars.
World War Z was off to a bad start even before it was released. Rumour had it that whole segments needed to be rewritten and re-shot and the budget was said to be phenomenal. It was also said that it was unlikely Z would ever make back the money it took to film.
Based on a book many fans thought unfilmable, the story is one we have seen done umpteen times before but on a more global scale. Brad Pitt's character is an ex-U.N official who used to travel the globe visiting war zones. Since he retired, he has been spending more time with his family. But when he witnesses, first hand, a new infection taking control of the general population and causing them to run around eating each other, he knows it is only a matter of time before he is called back in.
Pitt and his family are evacuated after some very tense chase scenes that cultimate on the top of a roof. Taken to an Aircraft Carrier in the middle of the ocean, Pitt is given little choice. Either track down the source of the virus so that mankind can create a cure or see himself and his family returned to the mainland where it is no longer safe. Reluctantly, Pitt agrees to travel with a scientific expert to the first reported locations in the hope of discovering how to beat this latest threat to humanity.
Despite this idea of locating a patient zero essentially being scientifically unsound, this is a great film that starts at a fast pace early on and never relents for a second. Though Max Brooks has distanced himself from this adaptation of his best-selling novel and despite a lot of criticism aired before this released, I found it a gripping and imaginative movie and definitely one of this summer's greatest hits!
Even if you are unsure about this but are a Zombie fan, you should check this out! As someone I know very well said upon release, this is Hollywood's first big budget Zombie flick and if you don't support it, you won't get any more! This is a valid point and really, WWZ really isn't as bad as some would have you believe!
I liked it and thought it very good despite a couple of ropey moments of the sort you get with any film. It also shows that you don't need blood and gore to provide good old fashioned scares! The Zombies are of the fast variety and infection starts within seconds, which in itself is a little hard to believe, but that just makes them scarier, more frightening and meaner!
It definitely deserves to be a success and Brad Pitt was a lot better in this than I thought he might be!
Trust me, give it a go- you might be glad you did!
*Film only review*
A zombie pandemic is breaking out and it is up to Gerry Lane (Brad Pitt) to travel across the globe in hope of finding a cure to save the world.
Directed by Marc Forster (Quantum of Solace), written by Matthew Michael Carnahan (The Kingdom), Drew Goddard (Cloverfield) and Damon Lindelof (Prometheus). Based on the novel by Max Brooks.
World War Z is a zombie movie and we've all seen a million of them by now, so what makes WWZ different from the rest? This is zombies on a massive scale, most zombie movies are low budget affairs which some will argue adds to the movie rather than having CGI everywhere but it gives a different look to the film.
This movie had its fair share of production issues (lack of finance, reshoots etc.) that delayed its release; it feels like I have been waiting for this movie forever. Taking that into consideration, I was expecting it to be a bit more of a mess but it was anything but. Most of the problems have been blamed on the director, Marc Forster, who has only one other big budget film to his name (Quantum of Solace). Is he the best action director in the world? No. Is he awful? No. There are some brilliant action pieces in the film, he must get some credit.
The beginning is the best part of the film; the initial outbreak is brilliantly done. I felt like I was right there with them. It was the tensest part of the film and the effects were top notch. It was even more impressive given the scale of the scene. There are several moments throughout the film that feature massive events, requiring a lot of CGI and for the most part it was successful.
It becomes a tad predictable by falling into the trap of plan-problem-plan-problem so you know that there will always be a zombie shaped obstacle to everything the protagonists do. That always annoys me; sometimes the writers need to just let things go OK so that there is an element of surprise to it but this rarely happens in movies.
Brad Pitt leads the way as Gerry; I think everyone knows by now that Pitt can lead a film of this magnitude. He commands the screen as usual, taking on the physical and emotional aspects of the role with aplomb. Marielle Enos (The Killing) plays his wife Karin and is somewhat wasted. I have a lot of respect for Enos and think she deserves more than a worrying wife role, why bother getting a good actress if you're not going to use her talents?
This really is a Pitt vehicle, the rest of the cast gets little screen time. The support is good but they can't really impress themselves on the audience as they don't have huge parts to play. The other characters come into the picture and then go out of it very quickly.
My main criticism of World War Z is the end, essentially there wasn't one. The sudden conclusion doesn't do the film justice; I can see no reason to end it like that other than money. It is a summary ending that makes you feel like you just wasted the past few hours of your life.
Another criticism is the version of Wales that is portrayed in the film; they don't have Welch's grape juice or Mountain Dew there, something which is easily researched. Plus, who stops for a drink when surrounded by zombies? Oh yeah, the people getting paid for product placement. It was a little silly and could have been put in at a more sensible time in the action. And why are there no Welsh people in Wales? Lord.
I enjoyed the movie a lot but the end did annoy me and really took away from what was a thoroughly entertaining film. Brad Pitt carried the film as one of the few constants, there could have perhaps been more development of other characters but it was pretty much all about Pitt. This is a movie you should definitely watch once; it probably won't be viewed many more times though.
Brad Pitt - Gerry Lane
Mireille Enos - Karin Lane
Daniella Kertesz - Segen
Fana Mokoena - Thierry Umutoni
Peter Capaldi - W.H.O. Doctor (Ironic)
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When it comes to villains, there is nothing scarier or more troublesome than those who have absolutely no concept of fear whatsoever. They're not afraid to do anything, they don't think, and to get whatever it is they want, they will literally do anything possible, regardless of consequences. And so when most of the world's population turns into such villains, you know you're in a bit of a tricky situation when all they'll ever do is chase after you. After infected with this rabies-like virus, people have around 12 seconds before they start turning. After the transition is complete, there is no going back - and like a rabid dog, they run wild, like the zombies in Danny Boyle's terrifying "28 Days/Weeks Later" films. And oh do they run for sure.
It was supposed to be an ordinary day for Gerry (Brad Pitt) and his family; his wife Karin (Mireille Enos) and their two young daughters Rachel and Constance (the appropriately adorable Abigail Hargrove and Sterling Jerins). But within 5 minutes of the film's running time, there's an explosion, and so starts the mass panic in Philadelphia captured in some incredible aerial shots of a hysterical mass running for their lives. Destination? Not certain. But everyone runs like hell - this includes the men who have control over the cameras. Some chase scenes are yanked around so much all over the place this might as well have been a found-footage film. Of course this hectic madness and chaos add to the film's overall state of intense fear, but there are moments when the shaky cams are having a little too much fun, losing a grip a few too many times.
After a decent chase in Phily, Gerry and his family is rescued onto a ship, thanks to his former job as an investigator for the United Nations. Working for the UN, Gerry went to dangerous parts of the world over the years, which is exactly what the international organisation wants from him now, to try and figure out the origin of this disease and possibly secure a cure. This gives the film a great chance to dump the family in a safe zone and let Brad get on with the rest of the action, as if there is one thing thrillers like this don't need, it's screaming helpless victims who constantly need saving. Further on in the film, they do check back intermittently, reminding us of their existence and that they're alive. Which is great news for Gerry, although the film barely has any time for developing closeness or heart between family members. They exist to give Gerry purpose in his mission, and a reason for him to carry on even in the most dire circumstances.
His investigation first leads to an American military base in South Korea where this disease spread supposedly started. After a chase in the dark and another shoot-out with these creatures, Gerry heads to Jerusalem, where they had built walls surrounding the city to keep them safe from the vile beings. How did Jerusalem know to pu their defences up? There is an explanation - just a very swift and vague one that doesn't quite fly when it comes to believability. They think they're safe, but oh how wrong could they be...? It's not long before the city is plagued with these zombies in one terrifying sequence where they pile on top of each other to make a mountain of themselves to climb over the walls. Once they're in, we're in for another breathtaking chase. There is of course the obligatory aerial shot - and even though such ideas seem repetitive, when this is thrown in with such visceral pace and energy, it's difficult not to be completely swept up by the excitement.
As if getting attacked on an enclosed city wasn't enough of a nail-biting-tension experience, Gerry faces terror again but up in the air, in the claustrophobic space of a plane. That's right: how will Gerry survive this one? Because this truly is a showcase for one human being's repeated successes in walking away from impossible scenarios. And as such, there are many, many boundaries pushed to the limit in terms of realism. But there is no need to be overly critical or pedantic when the action is this top-notch.
The final showdown takes Gerry to a World Health Organisation centre in Wales (this is quite the lucky find in itself), and by witnessing various habits of these creatures, he has figured out a risky but possible way of dealing with them; and this is a method so outrageous that figuring it out on your own will require quite a stretch of your imagination. Set up like the final mission in a video game where the protagonist and a couple of helpers enter a dangerous "hive" of some sorts to complete his mission of potentially discovering a cure, it all ends predictably of course, although the narrator seems to suggest there is still a long way to go for humanity - a hint at a sequel perhaps? If the energy keeps up with this entry, then they studios should go right on ahead.
Now the book this is based on has been praised for completely reinventing the zombie genre as well as tackling various social/political issues within its text. The book also deals with several narrative threads, ones that cover a longer period than depicted here, and is more international oriented in its portrayal. The film has been stripped completely from such themes, veers so far away from everything to truly make you wonder just how much of the book has really been adapted in the end. But perhaps as a summer blockbuster, it's better because of the outrageous simplicity.
For a feature holding a "15" certificate, the film is surprisingly reluctant to get its hands bloody and dirty, with very few, if any, gory scenes given the genre. There is very little action in terms of combat - no, this is all about running away...constantly. Repetitive? Yes. But absolutely pulse-poundingly thrilling nonetheless.