Thursday, November 14, 2013

World War Z

Unless you've been living under a rock, you know that zombies are all the rage these days. With the popularity of the genre coming back and the success of The Walking Dead, it was only a matter of time before some big screen films were made. So when I heard that there was going to be a film adaptation of the outstanding book "World War Z", I was ecstatic. So was this the outstanding big budget Zombie film we've been waiting for, or was it just garbage?

The plot, to be perfectly honest was the weakest point of this film for me. Now it wasn't just the story itself, but the way they handled the main character: Gerry Lane. I guess no one on the writing team got the memo, but in order to get invested in a character they need to be interesting and in a zombie film they need to be in some kind of danger. That wasn't the case here, where the character survives event after event and walks away. Aside from that its a decent story, despite having almost nothing to do with the source material. It was a smart story which is rare for a film in the genre, and still had the thrills you would expect. 

The acting was extremely solid and I was surprised by Brad Pitt. He turned in a great performance and I would go so far as to say it is one of his best. The supporting actors such as Mireille Enos, Daniella Kertez and Peter Capaldi as a W.H.O. doctor....yes the next star of Doctor Who was a W.H.O. doctor, they were all great. Even the background characters did an alright job, but its hard to really pinpoint specific characters since they are only on screen for a few moments. 

The action and thrills of the film were entertaining, though some of the effects did look a bit cheesy. For instance when there is a massive horde of zombies moving around, it really didn't look all that impressive to me. On the plus side though, the makeup effects for the zombies during closeups looked outstanding and meshed well with the "normal" human characters.

Overall its not as bad as I was expecting after hearing peoples views on it. While I would have liked something that was closer to the book written by Max Brooks, I think they did alright considering all of the issues they had during production. While its not a perfect movie, I think its pretty damn good.

Verdict: Worth giving it a watch at least once


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