United Nations employee Gerry Lane traverses the world in a race against time to stop the Zombie pandemic that is toppling armies and governments, and threatening to destroy humanity itself. (IMDB)
Writers: Matthew Michael Carnahan (screenplay), Drew Goddard (screenplay), Damon Lindelof (screenplay), Max Brooks (novel)
Director: Marc Forster
Stars: Brad Pitt, Mireille Enos, Daniella Kertesz
Run time/Rating 116 Minutes/ PG13
Popcorn Score: Medium Popcorn with Butter
The Zombie genre has pretty much been designated throughout the years to B rate studios putting out a movie in between their porn flick schedule. Well it gets a 200 million dollar Hollywood makeover with Brad Pitt’s World War Z. The question is; should this be a genre left to the little guys?
Gerry Lane has stepped away from his role in the field as a United Nations Agent and is enjoying a nice morning with his family. All too soon though he is forced back into action by a strange new disease in people which is causing them to create general chaos and eat each other. This disease has not only taken over this city and parts of the United States, but the world. Brad Pitt is re-recruited by his former bosses to track down the origin of this disease and hopefully find a cause. Against his and his wife’s desires he has to oblige because they are offering the only safe home off shore for his family.
In a race across the world Brad Pitt leads a team to where they believe is the source. He plays Gerry as a caring family man who is smarter and more precise than he is an action star although you get the feeling that in his experiences, both have been required. The story is intense, scary at times with “realistic” Zombies that are horrifying but not overly bloody and grotesque. It moves fast and you root for Pitt because he is a likeable character, his family represents the world’s population that he is trying to save and because of his gorgeous golden locks.
To answer the question above, with the cost of “WWZ” coming in about 200 million times more than what a typical Zombie movie would be, it’s hard to say that this is 200X’s better than what has been done before. Not to say that money makes a movie. That has been disproven time and time again. I think with the backing that it had, the studio money, the potential screenwriters that could have adapted the acclaimed book, that it could have been better. But it’s not bad at all. The special effects are great. It is a movie that is worth seeing, even worth seeing in the theater. I just wish that it really could have superseded the genre with a groundbreaking story line rather than just rely on some thrills, special effects and a big name.
Medium Popcorn with Butter.