Title – World War Z (2013)
Director – Marc Forster (Monster’s Ball)
Cast – Brad Pitt, Mireille Enos, James Badge Dale, David Morse
Plot – Former U.N investigator Gerry Lane (Pitt) is called back into action when a virus turning people into rampaging zombies threatens the world as we know it. Gerry’s investigation takes him from country to country all the while racing the clock and the constant horde of flesh eaters that follow him at every turn.
“Mother nature is the greatest serial killer of them all”
Review by Eddie on 21/06/2013
After years of being in production and after countless re writes, re workings and re shoots World War Z finally hits our screens. After all the hype that surrounded this adaptation of Max Brook’s popular novel many will be asking – was the wait worth it? That’s a question that will divide many and one I find hard to answer.
At a production cost north of $170 million dollars it’s fair to say director Marc Forster (and whoever else may have done the re shoots) had a sizeable piggy bank at their disposal to unleash a zombie invasion on the scale we have not yet seen on the big screen. Scenes of uncountable zombies hordes are the film’s most impressive, giving off the sense just how epic this infestation is. It will be hard to top a more frenetic scene this year than the particularly impressive Jerusalem attack, it’s sad to say though this really is the only scene that will blow your senses away.
A major problem with War Z is the way the story goes from point A to point B. With Brad Pitt we have a very interesting central character that due to his screen presence we feel invested in. Other characters in the film are all no more than screen fillers, these include Mireille Enos as Gerry’s wife and a raft of supporting actors including Morse as a particularly gummy CIA worker, Badge-Dale as a gruff American soldier and the seriously short changed Mathew Fox as a who even knows. The way these characters appear and disappear makes you ask – why did they even bother?
With War Z playing out in this rushed go from location to location style it makes it hard for the whole to gel together, the film really ends up being a movie with some pretty impressive standalone scenes but as a whole gives off the sense of randomness and badly edited scenes tying sequences, no doubt partly caused by different writing styles and a meddling studio.
In the end War Z is a solidly entertaining zombie action thriller. The film is a good piece of summer blockbuster entertainment and Pitt never puts in a bad performance and really carry’s this film to a greater height than it perhaps ended up deserving to reach. With all it’s off screen problems and delays War Z really should be commended on its final outcome, but in the end the only real aspect of the film your left to think upon once the lights come on is– How much did Pepsi pay for their moment in the spotlight?
3.5 Mountain Dew can’s out of 5
Mmmmm did someone say Mountain Dew?