Rob’s Quick Review: World War Z

World War Z on
Letter Grade:

The Good:

Individual sections are interesting enough to be short films of their own.
Third act really helps the film, even if it can't fully save it.

The Bad:

Disjointed and lacking in narrative payoff.
Fast zombies aren't zombies.
The spread of a contagion that takes 12 seconds to "zombify" someone is epidemiologically dubious.

Cast & Crew:

Director: Marc Forster
Writers: Matthew Michael Carnahan, Drew Goddard, Damon Lindelof, J. Michael Straczynski
Stars: Brad Pitt, Mireille Enos, Daniella Kertesz, James Badge Dale, Fana Mokoena, David Morse, Pierfrancesco Favino

Rated PG-13 for intense frightening zombie sequences, violence and disturbing images

Let me get this out there right from the beginning… Fast Zombies aren’t real zombies.

And World War Z is a horrible adaptation of Max Brooks’ book.

That being said, World War Z is better than it has any right to be, especially given its troubled production history. (The last third of the movie was completely scrapped and re-shot.) As pure survival horror/action it’s not horrible. (Now there’s a tag line: “World War Z: It’s not horrible!”) The movie would really work better as 4 short films, the scenes in the US, South Korea, Israel, and the UK are all interesting enough on their own, but when they’re strung together and connected with Brad Pitt’s character they feel disjointed and lacking in narrative payoff. The final act does its best to fix that, and it’s really very reminiscent of 28 Days Later (Which is good, even if those were also fake fast zombies.),  but the sudden shift from the 2nd to the final act leaves you feeling like the 2nd act is never really paid off.

The third act really helps the movie, but ultimately it’s just enough to get World War Z from a real disaster to just average.

Rob Bernard (108 Posts)

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