At the Movies: World War Z

If there’s one thing this summer has been missing it’s a good zombie movie.

Brad Pitt to the rescue.

Pitt stars as Gerry Lane, a retired United Nations investigator on a globetrotting mission to stop the latest zombie apocalypse in the horror/action/thriller “World War Z.”

Based on the novel by Max Brooks, the film begins with Lane enjoying his new life as a househusband making pancakes for wife Karen (Mireille Enos) and daughters Rachel and Constance (Abigail Hargrove and Sterling Jerins).

World_War_Z_Poster_3_24_13But director Marc Forster doesn’t waste too much time boring us with domestic bliss. As the family are driving through town the streets suddenly, inexplicably, get swept up in zombie madness. The Lanes find refuge in an apartment building and Gerry gets a call from his former boss Thierry Umutoni (Fana Mokoena), asking him to come back to work.

The Lanes are airlifted to the floating remains of the United States government and Gerry is given the task of tracking down Patient Zero in hopes this will lead to the finding of a cure for the zombie pandemic. Gerry’s odyssey takes him across the globe with zombies nipping at his heels every step of the way.

I probably shouldn’t have enjoyed “World War Z” as much as I did but, man, that was some outrageous zombie action. There are slow zombies and there are fast zombies but  these zombies were cranked up to 11. And the creative ways they use zombies — zombies moving like swarming bees; zombies crawling all over each other to climb walls and bring down aircraft; zombies on a plane. If only all horror movies were this clever and audacious.

And through it all Pitt plays it cool and works it all out. It’s a strong performance that keeps everything centered.

I’ve read that the film deviates  from the book in major ways but I haven’t read the book so I’m not carrying that baggage. As summer thrill rides go, “World War Z” is quite the roller coaster.

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One response to “At the Movies: World War Z

  1. I saw this Saturday, and while I found it really scary, I enjoyed it for the cliches and zombie movie tropes in which it does not engage. Early on, when the car wouldn’t start for no apparent reason, I was worried it was going to be one of those films (unnecessarily contrived horror), but moments like that are few and far between.

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