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Not "The Walking Dead" or Romero-style zombie flick,
This review is from: World War Z (DVD)
I've read the book "World War Z" and it's a superb book. When I heard they would be turning it into a movie, I figured it would be a narrative film like Pitt's "Interview with the Vampire" in order to keep with the structure of the book or a different film altogether that only shares a name. It is indeed the latter but that's completely acceptable for a variety of reasons. It would be tough to copy it word for word from the book, turn it into a movie, and keep the film under 4 hours.
Zombie films have become sort of repetitive. Either the zombies are these slow moving undead (like The Walking Dead, which is a 5 star show IMHO) or they are fairly fast moving (like 28 Days/Weeks Later). Instead, these zeds move and act almost superhuman. At points, they work almost like fire ants; they cluster together and flood themselves into whatever it is they are going after. Sure, some fall a distance that would cause every bone and organ to explode out of their skin. But if your read the book, those are the type of zeds the soldiers were fighting: superhuman strength, speed, agility, anger, and the ability for their bodies to take all the abuse you could throw at it. The film recognizes that and makes these undead the most dangerous zombies ever. If you were to encounter a herd of these, there isn't a kukri, machete, sword, or anything short of a few thousand M1 Abram tanks that would slow them down (even then, I don't think it would help).
As far as the lack of violence, or rather zombie slaying, the film itself is a different take on zombie films. There is plenty of zed killing but it keeps it to a PG-13 rating in regard to the amount of violence, blood, and gore. Instead of slaying herds and waves of undead, it focuses on finding out what and who caused it so a cure could be found. In a true zombie situation, this is exactly what the WHO and the CDC would do. To me, that is an excellent idea in order to create a fresh and new approach to zombies. While the rest of us would be fighting and killing the zeds, there would be someone trying to create a cure or find out how to keep us safe. Consider it the more technical side of the zombie apocalypse. The film does implement some "jump" scenes very well while other times, you see it coming. It also puts our dear hero in bad situations in certain places that if a zombie outbreak were to occur in those places, most of us would simply **** our pants and cry like a little child. It also pulls some stuff from Brook's other book and from popular zombie websites. Unfortunately, they use some dialog that is cringe worthy and unoriginal: most notably bug out bag, preppers, and other terms that make you think who ever wrote the film simply searched internet forums to find cliche terms regarding the whole zombie culture (at least nobody says "Get my IFAK!"). They are few and far between but they are still there. And don't worry; Pitt never screams "YOLO!" before putting himself in harms way.
As far as the characters (and their actors), nobody jumps out at you. Sure you might cheer Pitt on or have sympathy for some people. But for the most part, they aren't truly memorable......with the exception of David Morse's character (who should of had a much longer part in the film) and a few other people later on in the film. You never become attached to any of them. So if a character gets bitten, you really have no sympathy or much care due to the lack of depth for each person. But then again, our hero isn't there but for one reason and it isn't to save their lives. But Pitt still nails it and does a bang up job delivering the film.
If you are into slash and run zombie films, then you are probably not going to find this as entertaining as Dawn of the Dead or The Walking Dead or 99% of other zombie films. If you are expecting this to be a dead on version of the book, then understand it isn't even close. But it is indeed a great zombie action flick that has plenty of moments of action, suspense, thrills, humor, and terror. It's a "summertime" movie. Big budget, big name actors, lots of suspense, plenty of action, and most importantly, 2 hours to escape reality and be entertained.
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Initial post: Jun 28, 2013 4:00:49 PM PDT
Great review, though I do feel like I need to point out that the zombies in the book are the shambling Walking Dead type zombies, and are not indestructible like you suggest. Just a minor correction, great review otherwise.
Posted on Jul 1, 2013 4:02:58 AM PDT
Hugh Janus says:
Good review. Love the last sentence, which is why I go to the movies in the first place. Cheers!
In reply to an earlier post on Jul 1, 2013 11:15:25 AM PDT
Paul Allaer says:
All that criiticism (some of which well taken, by the way), yet somehow you go ahead and rate it 5 stars? 5 stars means "flawless, perfect at every level". Your review and your rating do not jive.
In reply to an earlier post on Jul 4, 2013 10:36:16 AM PDT
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In reply to an earlier post on Jul 10, 2013 11:54:04 AM PDT
MJAlaska, do you feel better now? Paul's point is still valid.
Posted on Jul 12, 2013 12:32:07 PM PDT
Very good review. The only problem I have with the PG-13 Zombie flick is that there is zero evidence that anyone was ever eaten. They seem to bite you and then just move on. That makes them only slightly as scary as a pack of rabid Pitt Bulls or a host of Fire Ants. Still scary, but not terrifying.
Posted on Jul 23, 2013 3:11:42 PM PDT
@Jonathan....I took the zombies in the book as superhumans. But I may of misread into it. But thanks for clearing it up and offering up another possibility.
@Paul.......not criticizing it at all. But it appears to many people are expecting this to be 2 hours of blood, guts, Romero-style zombies. It isn't nor does it claim to be. Yet some how, people still think it is. I wrote the review for those still on the fence regarding this movie. I still consider this, much like MJAlaska pointed out, as 5 stars means "I love it" or also superb.
@Blade.......it indeed uses "creative editing" to keep the rating down. Although it doesn't show people being turned into zombie Milk Bones, it implies in places that is exactly what happens. I consider it similar to the shower scene in "Scarface"....it doesn't show the guy getting chainsawed up but you know darn well know that's what happened.
In reply to an earlier post on Aug 9, 2013 4:13:31 PM PDT
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L. Magee says:
In reply to an earlier post on Jul 3, 2014 3:03:49 AM PDT
Large Marge says:
The unrated is awesome... the pg-13 sucks donkey balls.
In reply to an earlier post on Jul 6, 2014 8:45:07 PM PDT
Mark H. says:
I just watched this, and i realize that this comment is a year old, but, I thought that this "zombie" outbreak was explained fairly well. These zombies are not looking for their next meal, they are looking to pass on the "contagion" that causes the zombification, eating the potential host kinda defeats the purpose.