World War Z is the newest break into the zombie film genre and since its first trailer nearly a year ago, it was quickly ripped apart and praised at the same time for its unique visual take on the genre. With World War Z finally here, I can say that it is not exactly how I thought it was going to be, for this is a heavily action driven film and is unlike many zombie predecessors, it definitely brings something new to the table, but that didn’t keep me from nodding off.
World War Z stars Brad Pitt as a former government official who is laying back and accepting an average life with his two daughters and beautiful wife. But when a monstrous outbreak of infected zombies attacks the greater population of the world, he is forced back into his leadership role and takes on a dangerous assignment in hopes of finding a cure.
I have not read the original novel by the same name written by Max Brooks, so I cannot compare the two, although I have heard that there are no direct similarities between the two. When I say this movie starts fast, I mean it. There are literally three to four minutes of getting to know our main cast before they are thrown into the middle of the horrific zombie plague which can be a good thing for some, but for me I simply wanted a little more time looking into the lives of these people before I see them at their darkest moments. With that said, the film did not fail in any way at showing how fast things would go downhill in the midst of this rampant infection. Chaos is strewn throughout this film. On the other hand, when there is no chaos, the slower scenes of the film do not do it any justice, and stale writing makes the films two hour mark drag longer than I would hope.
All in all the film was exciting and visually delightful; watching zombies climb and shuffle into human pyramids to scale the Jerusalem wall never gets old. The film is a good time, especially in a full crowd so you can share the “oohs and ahhs” with others around you, just make sure they’re not infected…