I did not end up finishing the book World War Z before seeing this movie but am about 80% done with it. Also, I love zombie movies and this has been one of my most anticipated of 2013! I have been avoiding to read the reviews but have skimmed a few in the last few days with mostly average ratings. The only thing I knew going into this movie was that there would be close to no correlation to what the book was about. It would have crazy, super speed zombies. I went in with a little bit of expectations but tried to keep them minimal. I’m not sure if it was an obligation for everyone else but I had to see it in 3D and I chose this flick to try out the new cinema VIP experience with comfyspacious theatre seats and all.
Now lets get on with what I thought about it!
Director: Marc Forster
Former United Nations employee, Gerry Lane (Brad Pitt) has settled down to spend more time to be with his wife Karin (Mireille Enos) and his two girls Rachel and Constance. On the way to school one day, they all get stuck in traffic in Philadelphia that turns out to be a zombie attack that he learns has already invaded almost every corner of the world as he tries to seek refuge from his UN connections. He learns that this turned into a Zombie pandemic and has killed many of the leaders/governments and threatens to wipe out humanity. This is when they call Gerry in to help find a way to save the world starting from where it all began. He ends up traversing various countries as he follows the clues.
WHOA! Honestly, that was my reaction when I got out of this movie! Check Twitter, I posted it up there.
I might be the only crazy person saying it but I LOVED IT! I mean, the story was not very thick but they were weaving this out of a book that recalled the World War Z through stories of different people so they could take some facts and pretty much make up the rest of it to make movie material. In any form of pandemic or whatnot, its about finding a way to save humanity (in this case) from zombies with zero information at the beginning. Its about a man that walks into a mess that was caused by the ignorance of the authorities of many countries. I didn’t expect the plot to get any more than it did..although to be absolutely frank, the ending was a bit lacking (just a bit).
However, this action/drama/thriller/horror (whatever the genre was) kept me at the edge of my seat the whole time! There was a part in the beginning that startled me and I let out a little scream in the theatre (and I never did that before) which led me to holding my hand over my mouth the rest of it so to not do it again. It was intense and they progressed the story quickly to keep the audience intrigued with the situation.
I thought the intro sequence was fantastic with all the news broadcasts. I thought the directing effort from Marc Forster was pretty impressive. He did a great job at showing the immediate urgency of the whole situation. We can see how everyone is pretty doomed…no one will get out of this unless we have people willing to make sacrifices. The grandness, massive spread and the uncontrollable breakout, the helplessness was all reflected especially in those overview shots.
Brad Pitt makes an amazing effort here. He carries the movie from start to finish. I’m usually talking about the importance of character development and in this one, he’s pretty much on the move so much that we don’t see too much of that. His job was to really go all out and find a way to save everyone and at the same time, save his own family. That was Gerry’s goal. Brad Pitt convinced me every single minute that he went from immense love for his family to being someone who was willing to do everything to protect himself, the people around him and in turn, his family. This was a desperate situation and it required desperate measures.
Just a little thing, this movie doesn’t take a huge standpoint in the light of the novel itself but it does throw out some of the underlying themes through the dialogue and thats the theme of humanity’s ignorance and carelessness. That was the basis of what happened. In the end, this would never have happened if the country leaders had taken a warning seriously. (Is that considered a spoiler?)
My boyfriend and I loved this movie. A part of the review here is from what he thought (that I agreed with after a little after movie discussion). It achieved what it had set out to do. I don’t care much for gore even if this relates to zombies but this movie was about the desperate situation the world was in and finding a solution and all with sending just one man to do it. It was supposed to focus on being dramatic at parts, intense for most of it and it did all that! There was some startling parts, mostly in the beginning, which added to the whole horror experience. There were moments that 3D did add to the beauty of the flick. Not to say that it wasn’t majestic in itself to look at from all the shots of the swarms of zombie invading the different cities. AND, Brad Pitt does a awesome job! I’d say thats a win.
I loved it quite a lot! 🙂