World War Z Movie Review
World War Z was written by comedian Mel Brooks’ son Max Brooks and is actually a sequel to the popular book The Zombie Survival Guide. This movie was meant to be released in December of 2012, but was continually pushed back due to controversial script re-writes concerning the end of the movie. I will not spoil how either concludes, but the movie was more enjoyable having seen it prior to reading the book. Leonardo Dicaprio’s Appian Way was outbid by Brad Pitt’s Plan B entertainment and Pitt has been credited with reversing some of the bad PR the movie has received due to pushed back release dates, script re-writes, and a budget ballooning over $200 million. However, World War Z impressed at the box office with an opening of $66 million despite Monsters University accumulating over $80 million as well. According to InsideMoviesEW, this actually the biggest opening of Brad Pitt’s career.
The movie itself is much more of an action movie rather than a zombie movie despite the subliminal reference to the “Z” word in its’ title. However, understanding that fact allows the viewer to be taken on a wild ride across multiple continents in search of a way to fight back against the sudden zombie invasion facing the entire world. Brad Pitt stars in his role as Gerry Lane, a former United Nations investigator who finds himself reluctantly back at work to attempt to discover how to fight back. The first half of the movie beings at a torrid pace with large, tension-filled scenes highlighting the threats faced from these zombies as opposed to movies past. As seen in the heavily marketed previews, these zombies are not your ordinary, unusually slow moving undead, but rather those with Usain Bolt-like quickness. A characteristic that helps separate World War Z from your usual zombie movie.
It is not advised to try and out-run these kinds of zombies.
Mireille Enos, most notably from The Killing, stars as Pitt’s wife Karen Lane, and Matthew Fox from Lost also plays a U.S. Navy Seal. The supporting cast does an admirable job, but is out shined by the performance of Pitt. Daniella Kertesz stands out portraying an Israeli soldier who accompanies Gerry Lane on his most daring escapades of the movie, and it will be expected she returns for the rumored 2nd and 3rd installments. Installments which were confirmed by Mirielle Enos after she stated she has signed on for 2 more movies. World War Z was a blockbuster in every sense of the word that differed from your standard zombie movie when it had to. It is a testament to the flick that it will most likely make a decent profit after its’ disastrous production. It currently sits at a 67% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes and it is a movie I would recommend seeing on the big screen as it adds to an impressive line-up of releases early in this summer movie season.
Grade: 4 out of 5 stars.
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Here is the preview for World War Z: