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World War Z (2013)

World War ZA review by C J Dee

Director: Marc Forster
Starring: Brad Pitt, Mireille Enos, Daniella Kertesz
Other notable appearances: David Morse, Peter Capaldi
Running time: 116 minutes
Watch this if you liked: Dawn of the Dead (2004), Zombieland, The Walking Dead
Rating: ★★★★☆ 4/5

When the zombie apocalypse begins, former UN employee Gerry Lane (Pitt) is called back into action to ensure his family a safe haven. Lane travels the world to find the origin of the outbreak in an effort to manufacture a cure and save the world. But will he succeed in time for there to still be a world worth saving?

Okay. Deep breaths. This is one of the few times that I will admit to a movie exceeding its book source material. (The only other one I can readily think of is Jurassic Park.)

World War Z exceeds its source material by leaps and bounds. It accomplishes this by not sticking too closely to the aforementioned source material. While I felt that the tone of World War Z by Max Brooks was bland and disjointed, the movie flowed beautifully and had a couple of moments that were jump-worthy.

Brad Pitt’s performance was entertaining and believable. Pitt has grown from a set of abs in Thelma and Louise to an actor who can hold his own in a variety of great roles.

I don’t like fast zombies on principle. The idea that a decaying, decrepit creature can run as fast as Usain Bolt doesn’t sit well with me. However, it didn’t bother me too much in World War Z. The zombies climbing Israel’s wall were even pretty cool.

If zombies and things that go bump in the night are your thing, World War Z is the best zombie movie I have seen in a while so it may be worth your time.

“Every person we save is one less zombie to fight.”

Nalini is an award-winning writer and artist as well as managing editor of Dark Matter Zine.


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