World War Z Review

Review by Lucía Santiago Dantes.

Yes I admit it, I am a zombie addict. You give me a zombie flick or a TV series and I’ll watch it. I’ll still jump on my seat for every single zombified gal or pal I see specially on the big screen. All zombie stories has their own little charm. World War Z couldn’t be the exception. Yes I know, it’s Brad Pitt and most of the women will be drooling over his puppy and sad eyes but anyways.. lets get started. There were some things I liked about the movie and there were some things I didn’t like about World War Z.
First what I liked: I loved the story has a similar approach than Steven Soderbergh’s Contagion (2011). The film revolves about the idea of looking for patien 0. It also has good references about how it all might be started, it is implied that pollution and dirty (or should I say filty? water and habitats are the main reason?
The idea of clumsy zombies is so passé that the concept of rabid zombies was more of a good twist. I mean for “regular zombies” we already have AMC’s The Walking Dead. And talking about the show, it is always interesting to see a good zombie film with some drama in the mix. Even if it is just a glimpse.

The story is about this retired UN investigator called Gerry Lane (Brad Pitt) who’s now enjoying his wife and kids at home, while a strange strain of phenomena is shown in a collage of media images at the beginning of the movie. The world is changing and certainly something is going on in the natural habitat. Suddenly there’s some talk about this pandemic situation that grows into hysteria. New York is now at Marshall law. Gerry decides to take his wife Karen (Mireille Enos) and his two girls out. They get stocked in traffic and that’s where chaos emerge. Suddenly they’re surrounded by rabid zombies who start attacking other people. Gerry realizes that 12 seconds after someone is attacked, is turned into this rabid thing that literally jumps like a hammer towards people. they run but can’t scape that easily. The zombies are everywhere and the city is completely lost. Gerry is contacted by his former colleague at the UN and calls him back into his old position at the UN. They need to sort out what happened? find out how and where it all started and if possible, to find Patient 0 to find a cure or the entire population in the planet might be gone. Gerry reluctantly accepts and so his quest begins, leaving behind on a safe boat his wife and girls.

What I didn’t like about the film is that it leaves you guessing about the true origins about the zombies. But it is kind of forgiving because it focuses on how to solve a problem rather that just the good old survival thing. At least everybody at this point, still has faith that something can be done still. Contrary to other current zombie stories where all hope is lost.

I noticed that most of the zombie films nowadays follow the “rules” or paradigms created on “28 days later”. Even the first episode of The Walking Dead (either comic or TV show) has a great resemblance to this great zombie flick. But again, all is forgiven because it creates the same plausible effect.

If something I have to criticized in a bad way about World War Z is that there’s not much horror or drama and some scenes are not that plausible, like the plane crash. Who survives a plane crash of that magnitude? even at the movies I’ve heard some laughs of disbelief, it’s simply way too incredible. It is “the divine hand” that saves the hero that sometimes just blows the entire movie in just a snap! those are the kind of moments that makes me aware that I am in a cinema watching a movie and it just takes me out of the story.

Anyways it also has its great deep moments like when virologist Dr. Fassbach talks about how mother nature through evolution has always disguised its weakness into strengths but also leaves this clues that we have to pay attention in order to figure out the true nature of what mother nature is doing.

Thanks to this speech and through observation, Gerry achieves to figure out what might be a weakness in the “zombie virus”. It is until he arrives to a biological research facility in Whales that he gets the idea on how to disguise people from this virus.

The film is losely based on the second book by Mark Brooks about zombies. The first one he made it recollects the zombie outbreaks called “The Zombie Survival Guide” published in 2003, followed by World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War in 2009, in which this film is based.

Mark Brooks is the son of comedy filmmaker Mel Brooks and besides his recognition as a horror author, Brooks is also known for being one of the team writers of “Saturday Night Live”.


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