Synopsis: A United Nations employee goes in search of some sort of explanation to the zombie pandemic that is sweeping the globe. Time is running out for the human race. No-one knows where it began or how it can be stopped, but some have hope.
Main Cast: Brad Pitt, Mireille Enos, Daniella Kertesz, Peter Capaldi, Fana Mokoena, David Morse, James Badge Dale, David Andrews
The Hype: Massive buzz for this one. Based loosely on the 2006 novel by Max Brooks, the movie was hampered by numerous writing and filming problems, however after these were overcome, the film has been a commercial and dare I say a critical one aswell. A big money earner.
What I Thought: Not bad. Anyone who knows me that I do not find zombie movies entertaining in the slightest. However, after seeing the trailer where they didn’t move all slow and were pointing and saying things like “Braaaainss!” I decided to give it a go. The concept is similar to a number of stories such as Outbreak, 28 Days Later, I Am Legend, and Resident Evil, but I think that World War Z pulls it off very nicely and certainly in a more entertaining way than the likes of I Am Legend which was poor in comparison. The story was the positive.
The negatives are numerous however, and I shall point a few out now. Some of the CGI effects involving numbers of zombies are noticeable although for the most part they are pretty well done, but when its let down, you see it a mile off. There is no on-screen chemistry between the main man and wife pairing. and the character Karin Lane could have been just any woman off the street with kids. Brad Pitt’s character Gerry Lane also has the amazing ability as an employee of the UN to survive pretty much everything that is thrown at him including a plane crash. Where he ends up having these disasters is also fortuitous as he always seems to arrive exactly (or not far away from) where he needs to be. Having said all that though, I did enjoy the movie and it does exactly what it says on the tin really.
Conclusions: Decent story, reasonable effects, good action, but its predictability and poor character chemistry let it down a bit for me.