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World War Z
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Directed By
Marc Forster

Written By:
Max Brooks, Matthew Michael Carnahan, J. Michael Straczynski, Drew Goddard, Damon Lindelof

Brad Pitt, Bryan Cranston, Mireille Enos, James Badge Dale, Matthew Fox, Elyes Gabel, David Andrews, Jason Gregg, Michael Anthony Brown, Katinka Egres, Alex Moore, Christian Contreras, Daniel Harland, Daniel Newman, David Morse, Elen Rhys, Eric Michels, Eric West, Fana Mokoena, Faruk Pruti, Feodor Atkine, Frank Soldato, Gil Cohen-Alloro, Gillean Young, Gino Picciano, Grégory Fitoussi, Iván Kamarás, James Cotter, John MacMillan, Joseph Andrew Mclean, Josh Wingate, Julian Seager, Katrina Vasilieva, Khalid Laith, Konstantin Khabenskiy, Lee Asquith-Coe, Lee Nicholas Harris, Lewis James, Lucy Russell, Ludi Boeken, Mark Badham, Mark Holden, Michael Jenn, Michiel Huisman, Moritz Bleibtreu, Mustafa Harris, Nick Bartlett, Nikola Djuricko, Okezie Morro, Oleg Kalninsh, Ori Pfeffer, Paul Warren, Peter Basham, Peter Capaldi, Philippe Durand, Pierfrancesco Favino, Renu Setna, Richard Thompson, Ruth Negga, Sami Tesfay, Santi Scinelli, Tim Ahern, Trevor White

World War Z (2013)
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Movie Review by Mike Thomas
June 22nd, 2013

World War Z-Z-Z-Z-Z-Z-Z-Z

Favorite Movie Quote: "Their greatest weaknesses are often disguised as strengths"

Gerry Lane (Brad Pitt) is a normal kinda Philly kid. A loving wife, Karin (Mireille Enos), with two adorable, but somewhat whiny kids (Sterling Jerins and Abigail Hargrove). A stay-at-home dad, Gerry is taking his wife to work and his kids to school, when all hell breaks loose (about ten minutes into the movie). People are running frantically, cars and trucks are crashing into each other, explosions, and others are jumping through windshields, dragging out the passengers. Somehow, Gerry manages to get his entire family to safety, when he gets a call on his cell. In his previous life, Gerry was the U.N.'s top investigator, and they are calling him in, reluctantly, back to help them solve the crisis of the growing Zombie epidemic.

Roll Credits.

WORLD WAR Z, or more appropriately named Zombiepalooza, is more of a thriller spanning the globe, rather than a real zombie movie. Gerry dumps his family on an aircraft carrier, then globe hops all around the world: from South Korea, to Israel, to Wales, on his mission to find a cure for this plague. The movie really is the Brad Pitt Show, as everyone, from his family, to his allies, to his support troops, are just collateral damage, saying a few lines, then are dispatched. The only other person in the film putting in some significant facetime is Enos, who pops in every other scene change, to look worried. He picks up a sidekick in Israel in the form a of an israeli soldier (Daniella Kertesz), who manages not to be a red shirt, but does add to the tension (and I use that term loosely). And David Morse, usually a very solid supporting actor, was wasted in the movie, to spout just a few lines, then was never seen or heard from again.

Let's talk about the zombies for a bit. Although the film was based on the best selling novel by the same name, Sam Brooks' influence is as felt as Isaac Asimov was in the Will Smith sci-fi, uh, thriller (?) I, ROBOT. Brooks' book had zombies, this film had zombies. But with five other writers, including the usually invulnerable J. Michael Straczynski, the script is a mess, making the movie an Indiana Jones-type world hunt, followed at every turn by re-animated Pac Men, involuntarily chomping through everyone, and everything, in their way. They actually had a choreographer on the production staff to teach the various zombie transformations. Also, this reviewer may be reading too much into the film, but there was a very subtle commentary on religion during the Israeli portion of the film; it may not be picked up at all except by the most cynical of atheists, but it was noticed by this reviewer. The ending smacks as an allusion to H.G. Wells "The War of the Worlds."

On my personal rating scale of with "5" being drop everything and see the movie now; if you're female, bear the producers' children and "0" being burn down the theater, murder the movie staff, and violate their dog, this movie earns a "1.5." WORLD WAR Z was supposed to be released on the date of the Mayan Apocalypse, December 21, 2012. But, because of production problems, and a virtual army of writers trying to "fix" the script, WORLD WAR Z turns out to be a two-hour running marathon, with hundreds of zombies running. Thousands of zombies running. Millions of zombies running. Hundreds of Millions of zombies, well, you get the picture. Let's face it - they did a lot of running - and not much else. Yet, the most graphic scene was done by Pitt.

The film is rated a kid-friendly PG-13, has no sex, no nudity, no language, no gore (wait -what? a zombie movie with no gory parts!?); in fact, this reviewer would not be surprised if Nickelodeon didn't pick up this film. Surprisingly, or not, there are talks of a WORLD WAR Z 2: the REVENGE of PAC-MAN (okay, I made up the last part, but WWZ2 is in negotiations).

If you want your kids to fall asleep at night, have them watch this movie.

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Jun 23, 2013 1:56 AM
Oh-my, Mike.

I can't believe that the most long-awaited zombie movie in many a year is a literal dud and, by the sounds of it, a total rip-off, as well.

After watching the trailer, I sure didn't have a good feeling about the success of this one. But it sounds like its even worse than I had thought possible.

So I take it that by the end of the movie the zombie epidemic hasn't been solved and so WWZ 2 is going to take care of that.

I like your title for this review - Very fitting, I'm sure.

Thanks for the good review, Mike.
Mike Thomas
Jun 23, 2013 2:28 AM
To be completely honest, Billybob, if you've seen all the trailers, you've seen the best parts of the movie.

I had come into it hoping for a zombie epic, a battle on a world scale. I was soooo disappointed when that did not happen. Judging from where they left it off, there is a lot of story they could tell.

If they wanted to.

Thanks for your comments.
Jun 23, 2013 4:42 AM
No kidding about being disappointed - You and about a zillion other people, I'm sure, who forked out their hard-earned dough to be fleeced by a zombie movie without any gore.... NO GORE!!?? I am truly shocked right out of my socks about that!

Dash Riprock
Jun 23, 2013 5:09 PM
Hi there, Mike.

I don't know how you feel about explaining things, but I've got 2 questions that I'd like to ask about WWZ's story.

Is this zombie epidemic being spread by people getting bitten by the infected ones?

How did this epidemic manage to spread across the entire planet before action was taken to try to stop it?

Mike Thomas
Jun 23, 2013 5:48 PM
Good questions, both.

To answer #1, zombification was due solely by a bite from an infected creature. Any other transfer of bodily fluids (bleeding on a victim, fluids in mouth) had no effect. Once bitten, the transformation took place in 12 seconds (they counted).

And #2 that was one of the plot holes. It was never explained how it started, nor how it spread so quickly. One of the many plot holes in the film.
Jun 30, 2013 4:57 AM
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