How will the world end? That is a question that you will ask yourself at least once in your lifetime. Some people think it will end with a meteor hitting the planet, atomic bombs being dropped, or an alien invasion along with extermination, extinguishing our human existence. I will admit that I love these ideas, however there is little chance of survival in these scenarios, and who in their right mind would not like a fighting chance? In reality, it could be something as simple as a virus that our human anatomy cannot fight off that may lead to our demise, if this would just kill us or change us would be the question.
This is the scenario that is tested in World War Z. A virus causing people to become something else, where the term ‘Zombie’ comes into play. Gerry Lane is called back into action by his former U.N. employer to try and find the root cause to this mysterious illness. Reluctantly, Gerry takes back the reigns of his past job and starts to search for a cure with a team of Navy Seals and a young virologist named Andrew Fassbach. According to the U.N.’s top brass, this young scientist is the best hope for finding a cure and saving the world from the pandemic.
Following the adventures of Gerry Lane on his adventures through China and Israel, World War Z shows how quickly a society could break down, and make it believable. With a supposed outbreak of rabies on their hands, the U.S. is slow to respond to the imminent threat on their hands and looses almost every major city in one day. With a virus that can be transmitted via a bite, and only taking twelve seconds to turn its next victim into a crazed freak, there seems to be no way to beat the oncoming herds. Most of the people that survive this plague are doing the only thing that seems sane, hiding.
Depending on your favorite genre of Zombie movies, you may love this movie or hate it. Let me give you my list of the good and the bad.
The Good: Fantastic visuals, there is a shot of a nuclear bomb being set off that comes up through the clouds as Lane is off to his next location. The acting is good, but being a huge fan of Brad Pitt after his role in Moneyball, I struggle to find flaws in his performance. The story telling was what you would expect from a Summer Blockbuster, it flows flawlessly and if you leave your seat, you will miss an important plot point.
The Bad: Throw the novel out of the window if you are expecting the same thing. I was anxiously awaiting this movie to be made, but after hearing about how the script went through several re writes, I knew that I would need to go into it with an open mind. As someone that was born into the zombie genre with the Romero freaks, I was surprised that becoming one would make you faster and stronger than you were when alive. Also, the zombies don’t eat anyone, they just bite you and move on.
With that all said, this is a fun action flick. I can understand why they went in the direction that they did while trying to create the largest zombie film in history. If you had to write every scene in a flashback, you would not have one star to focus your story around. Honestly, if you just saw Brad Pitt sitting, asking questions, then leaving the room, would you be happy? Some people would be, but most would want something a bit more. I enjoyed this movie, and I was certainly entertained by the scale of destruction and madness as zombies take over the globe. Keep your head up and if you notice your friends biting each other, just get a magazine and some duct tape and prepare for the worst.