Saturday, October 19, 2013

World War Z

Plot: A highly contagious disease is spreading across the world, and it is turning people into zombies. UN trouble-shooter Gerry Lane (Brad Pitt) and his family get out of Philly and fight their way to an UN ship in the Atlantic. Gerry soon goes off in search of a cure in Korea, Israel and Wales. He battles ravenous zombies along the way. [imdb]    [photos]

Review: World War Z is a fast moving story with rapid-fire zombie action. It spends time to set up Gerry's home life, and he is always calling home to remind us that he is a real guy. Unlike Captain Phillips  whose wife isn't in the movie after the opening scene.

In the latter 80% of the World War Z , Gerry is killing zombies and getting hints at a cure --- but mostly killing zombies.

The sound track is good. The fighting scenes are exciting, but a little campy: comic enough that they were never scary. There is very little blood, and whatever blood there is miraculously disappears before the next scene.

Cast: Brad Pitt, Mireille Enos

Directed by: Marc Forster; very roughly based on the novel by Max Brooks

Rating: 2.5 stars:  Rapid-fire fun. Gross, but good for what it is. 
More: The UN is like the world government in WWZ. I can't think of another movie where the UN so active -- I wonder if this is a transparent ploy to appeal to a world wide audience. I know that there is a posse of UN haters in the USA, and this movie probably irks them. 

Even more: Why do zombies start so many fires?