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Matt McGloin

World War Z (2013) Thoughts And Spoilers

Posted by:
Matt McGloin

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Below you can find my own personal opinions on World War Z, the recently released zombie film starring Brad Pitt.

For a more formal take, you can read Lawrence's World War Z review.

Warning: Spoilers follow.

 

I went to see World War Z in 3D at Regal with my two sons; however, since there was literally 30 minutes of previews my youngest fell asleep through the entire movie. Wasn't too happy with that. Ticket read 6:30pm, my phone read 7pm when the flick started.

Good news is that my oldest did really like the movie as did I.

Now I'm not familiar with the book at all, I'm more of a Walking Dead guy, but going into the movie I knew it at least featured faster-moving zombies than TWD.

I think these zombies had more in common with 28 Days Later than the TWD, as the WWZ zombies had a lot more violent vibe.

Being PG-13 we didn't get a gore-fest that one might expect to see with a zombie movie, but I actually thought that was a good thing. I've seen it done to death, so it was kind of refreshing not having to have the movie concentrate on one-upping itself with gruesome zombie bites and such. Plus, I could take my kids to see it, as they do love zombies.

The film started off fast right away as Brad Pitt is seen with his family in Philadelphia when the zombie-pandemic strikes.

We don't know too much about Brad's character other than it's said he works for the UN. For some odd reason that seemed to be an issue with some folks online. I really don't see what the problem is as obviously Pitt is involved in some sort of highly covert Black Ops stuff. Obviously he has a lot of connections and been around the block; what else do we need to know? His rank? That added to the mystery (and coolness?) of his character as he went about doing what he does best.

Speaking of what Brad Pitt was doing, I also liked how the movie moved around a lot. For instance, we weren't stuck in a prison the entire movie, or in a farmhouse, or even in one particular city.

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Pitt's character goes from South Korea to Israel to Wales and along the way he battles zombies and attempts to solve the question of where the zombie plague originated.

I also thought the explanations for the zombies and how to "camouflage" us from them was pretty refreshing and fascinating as well.

Speaking of the zombies, when we did get to see them up close, they were just as terrifying as any you've seen from your favorite movies; just minus all the blood.

The scene with Pitt in Cardiff attempting to get the lethal bacteria was rather creepy as the zombie kept chattering its teeth.

Also duct-taping magazines around their forearms was a smart idea to ward off the zombie bites. Ever try biting through a magazine?! Nice. Though I can't actually recall one of the zombies biting the mags (lol).

My dislikes for World War Z would have to be the big airplane scene (below) where Brad Pitt throws a grenade, blows a whole in the airplane, it crash lands, and he and the Israeli soldier survive. Oh, he survives with a piece of metal seemingly stabbed right through his pancreas and kidney. Maybe it hit the spleen? Regardless, it was a "way out there" moment.

Another dislike would have to be the "lighbulb" going off in Pitt's mind as why certain humans aren't getting attacked. Seemed to quick for me, but then again, this isn't a series on television, and they had to get to the conclusion somehow.

My hyper-critical nitpicking aside, all in all World War Z is a great movie to take your wife, girlfriend and kids as it's not overly gory or scary, but just enough to keep you on the edge of your seat.

Interested to see what they do with World War Z 2, as well as thinking of picking up the book.

Synopsis:

On an ordinary day, Gerry Lane and his family find their quiet drive interrupted by urban gridlock.  An ex-United Nations investigator, Lane senses that this is no ordinary traffic jam.  As police helicopters buzz the sky and motorcycle cops careen wildly below, the city erupts into chaos. 

Something is causing hordes of people to viciously attack each other - a lethal virus that is spread through a single bite, turning healthy humans into something unrecognizable, unthinking and feral.  Neighbor turns on neighbor; a helpful stranger suddenly becomes a dangerous enemy. The origins of the virus are unknown, and the number of infected grows exponentially larger each day, quickly becoming a global pandemic.  As the infected overwhelm the world’s armies and rapidly topple its governments, Lane is forced to returnto his dangerous former life to insure the safety of his family, leading a desperate worldwide search for the source of the epidemic and a means to stop its relentless spread.

Paramount Pictures and Skydance Production present, in association with Hemisphere Media Capital and GK Films, a Plan B Entertainment/2DUX2 Production, a Marc Forster film, “World War Z.” The film is being distributed worldwide by ParamountPicturesCorporation, a Viacom, Inc. company.