Wednesday, July 3, 2013
by: Ryan Grudinski
World War Z follows Gerry Lane (Pitt) through the "zombie" apocalypse. Lane is a cookie cutter hero type of do-gooder with no real flaws or negative traits to speak of (Yawn.) After being separated from his family early in the film, Gerry uses the skills procured in his previous profession as an employee with the United Nations to try to figure out what exactly is causing this outbreak of "zombies" and how we can combat it. The themes of world peace, and putting aside our differences come across very well, a little too well, in a very heavy handed manner. The film is nice to look at, but there is some really jarring bad editing throughout, which is something I don't typically notice, but it was glaringly bad in this one. All in all, the technical aspects of the film aren't too bad though. Pitt plays his character well, as boringly "good" as he is. The rest of the actors do a fine job, as well. There are a lot of convenient-for-the-plot occurrences throughout the film which usually irk me, and it's no exception here. I won't get into what those are, because that is spoiler territory. If you like zombies, you'll also probably be bugged by this film, as the "zombies" do in fact run, which any zombie connoisseur will tell you is a big no-no. In fact, these really aren't zombies at all. They are "infected people," which is fine if you say that. This movie is called World War Z, and it's based off of a book which included actual zombies. 28 Days later is a great example of a film featuring the infected, but it never claimed to be about zombies. My favorite part of the film was the score, which was very reminiscent at times of some of the great (FAR superior, ACTUAL zombie films of the past, most notably Lucio Fulci's "Zombi 2".) Unless you really just want to watch Brad Pitt be perfect and flawless for 2 hours, I'd say avoid.
Plot: * 1/2
Acting: *** 1/2
Direction: ** 1/2
Technical: Great score, poor editing at times, the rest is passable.
X-Factors: The score. Some of the scenes are legitimately creepy. The action is done well enough if that's your bag.
Will This Movie end up in my collection? No.