Gripping, intense and explosive, World War Z lives up the intense atmosphere and non-stop action of Max Brook’s novel of the same title where it is based. It is one of those movies that would make you jump or squirm on your seat all throughout the screening. The action scenes are well-executed and the editing done on the film makes up for a really riveting zombie film.
I have read the novel where the movie is based. It has no single main protagonist and this is a reason why it’s a riddle for everyone what the movie will all be about. The anticipation brought about by this dilemma is pleasantly answered during the film. And even though many subplots in the novel are not shown in the movie, it felt like the movie is complete on its own. It’s a great decision to come up with just one main character, someone that people will root for all throughout the war against zombies.
The film stars Brad Pitt as Gerry Lane, a retired United Nations investigator who is called back to work to investigate the pandemic that’s turning the population of the world into a swarm of zombies. He is tasked to search for the origin of the virus and look for a cure that will stop the zombie infestation. Will he be able to find what he’s looking for amidst the nightmarish situations he would find himself in?
The movie did great in an aspect that many apocalyptic movies fail to deliver, which is to consistently bring out the goods from start to finish. You, as a movie viewer, would be made to feel the horror early on with a paranoiac montage and a chilling musical score. The suspense would get into you. Don’t be surprised if you find yourself jumping on your seats or uttering some curses every now and then.
It’s a bit of a disappointment, though, when the heavy plot of the book was made into a relatively thin storyline in the movie. It felt like some important parts of the story were not given much emphasis that could have benefited the film as a whole. Nevertheless, it’s good to know that the WW Z production team amended this with a good family drama: one that’s not too heavy that would alienate audiences who are looking for action and not too light that would make you still care.
The movie is brimming with great visual effects. Scenes I imagined while reading the book were born into life in the big screen albeit different. Each setting the hero was in was made sure to look good no matter how horrifying or terrible the part of the story was.
Brad Pitt proves he can be into any movie genre by starring in this zombie movie. He did well as the main character and he made sure you’d be rooting for him as the hero of the story. The supporting cast did well as well, no matter how much screen time they have had in the film.
World War Z movie rating by the pondering movie fan: 4.5 out of 5