I watched World War Z last night. I had high expectations and although these weren’t exactly met, the movie didn’t disappoint either. Of course, it would be hard for anything featuring Brad Pitt to be disappointing! There are lots of things to like about this film, but I think a few improvements could be made as well. However, this may have made the film unnecessarily long and considering the salary that Brad Pitt is likely to get, it doesn’t surprise me that they kept the length quite standard.
The world is in the grips of some sort of virus that turns people into zombies. Brad Pitt used to work for the United Nations, something that scarred him emotionally, and he has decided to quit his job to spend more time with his family. However, he is still very much in the game in as such that when things start going wrong with the “Z” (Zombie), his skills are called for. Naturally, he is blackmailed by the US government – either he helps, or his family does not receive any protection and help.
What I Liked
- It’s Brad Pitt!!!! I loved, as well, that for once, he doesn’t play the slightly crazy dude that we have all become so used to since 12 Monkeys.
- The zombies are absolutely amazing. The way they move is almost ant-like and really fascinating to watch.
- It shows the evilness of the American government and how they use people to their own advantage.
- I liked how the ending allows for a second film, but it isn’t an open end as such,
What I Didn’t Like
- I would’ve liked it if we were told exactly what it is that happened to Brad Pitt when he still worked for the UN. Countless references are made, but it isn’t clear. I have a sneaky suspicion that the next movie will actually be prequel to this one, something Hollywood seems to be quite fond of.
- As a true American film, it has to bring Israel into it. As the world is disgusted with the fact that Israel is building a wall around itself (this is real life), the movie explains it as being protection against the Zs. On the plus side, the wall was never going to be strong enough.
- I also would have liked to see a bit more details about the Zs. Although when you do see them, the effects are pretty cool, they also look a bit computerized.
This is a pretty cool film. It isn’t an overly scary zombie movie where you are at the edge of your seat and jump at every sound. At the same time, it combines horror with humor and some political beliefs as well. A good film, albeit not the best. I give it four stars out of five,