MOVIE: World War Z (2013)

wwzWell, you know.  It’s a zombie movie.  And the more zombie movies I see, the more I’m beginning to realize there’s really only so much you can do with a zombie movie.  This one is no exception (which is a pity, because I will say the novel was absolutely an exception).

The one thing sort of unique about World War Z, a film about one man’s quest to save the world by flying all over the place looking for clues and getting other people killed a bunch, was the sheer number of zombies involved.  The scenes in which we see them piling up on each other — hundreds, thousands swarming like bees on a hive.  That wasn’t something I’d seen before and I found it pretty effectively horrifying.

The rest of this movie?  Even that one scene with the Israeli girl on the airplane?  Meh, seen it.  (Though apparently the guy behind me in the theater hadn’t — his reaction was a guffaw of shocked, inappropriate laughter, which is always an interesting reaction to such things.  Poor gent.)

By the end of the movie, I was really rooting hard for Brad Pitt’s character to make it, not because I felt anything for him at all — merely in the hopes the last man alive on the planet Earth besides him might end up being a barber, and then we could have this awesome final scene in which someone (anyone!) cut Pitt’s completely ridiculous looking hair, as the swarms of zombies began to heap their way into the salon.  Final moment:  the sound of clippers.  AND SCREAMS.

Mua ha ha ha ha!

Recommended to zombie movie fans, because zombie fans have to watch this movie whether they want to or not (sorry, fellas).  But for others merely looking for compelling walking dead drama, you’ll find better fare elsewhere.  28 Days Later is a good place to start.

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Genre:  Zombie, Horror
Cast: Brad Pitt, Mireille Enos, Matthew Fox, Eric Weston, David Morse, James Badge Dale, Elyes Gabel

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4 Responses to “MOVIE: World War Z (2013)”

  1. RogerBW Says:

    Yeah. The book was kind of amazing. The film was, well, meh. Maybe if they’d stuck with the Straczynski script that actually got the project approved?

  2. Richard Harland Smith Says:

    I thought it was fascinating how the film co-opted Holocaust imagery in a completely different way that didn’t cheapen our impressions of that time but rather, like turning a glove inside out, looks at genocide from a completely different (nightmare) perspective.

  3. Anonymous Says:

    (This is Liz) I was HOPING you would be reviewing this movie. I haven’t seen it yet, but I was very impressed by the book … and, frankly, was afraid that the trailers I’d seen indicated that the movie would be kind of … meh. And also not a very accurate adaptation of the book. Is that fair?

    The trailers I saw showed a bit of the zombies swarming over each other (I also thought of a hive), but they reminded me a bit of the un-scary CGI vampire-zombie-things in Will Smith’s “I Am Legend,” so they didn’t strike me as horrifying. You make a good point, though; maybe they’re more effective in the context of the movie.

    I’m afraid I’m one of those zombie movie fans who HAVE to see this movie. After all, I HAD to read the book! I LOVED “28 Days Later,” but I also kind of enjoyed “Abraham Lincoln vs. the Zombies” (Oy veh! So stupid!), so maybe my taste is questionable. I do reccommend a Civil War – Zombie movie which is NOT stupid: “Exit Humanity.”

    • megwood Says:

      Oh, yeah — it has almost nothing at all in common with the book. Which may be one of the reasons why I was not that impressed with the film — the book had really impressed me, the film was simply a zombie flick. Not that those aren’t fun, but I was so hoping for more.

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