Be Prepared for Anything. Our War Has Just Begun.
I feel a little awkward going into this review. I indeed saw this movie, and I even saw it in theaters, but as I go to write the review, I feel like I don’t remember the movie at all. It hasn’t even been that long! I saw this movie a week ago! I don’t know if that’s a sign that this movie is bad, or that drugs are bad. Mmmkay? Either way, it’s a big movie, and one that I was excited to see because of the subject matter, so it deserves a review, as best I can muster one. Let’s see if I can jog my memory as I review World War Z, based on the novel by Max Brooks, written by Matthew Michael Carnahan, Drew Goddard, and Damon Lindelof, directed by Marc Forster, and starring Brad Pitt, Mireille Enos, Fana Mokoena, Daniella Kertesz, James Badge Dale, David Morse, Ludi Boeken, Matthew Fox, Peter Capaldi, Pierfrancesco Favino, Ruth Negga, Moritz Bleibtreu, Abigail Hargrove, Sterling Jerins, and Fabrizio Zacharee Guidoas.
While sitting in traffic, former UN employee Gerry Lane (Brad Pitt) and his family – wife Karin (Mireille Enos), and daughters Rachel (Abigail Hargrove) and Constance (Sterling Jerins) – are witnesses as mayhem breaks out all around them. Radio reports suspect a massive rabies outbreak, but it looks a lot more like zombies. And an extremely fast-acting strain of zombification that turns people into zombies 12 seconds after being bitten. Gerry manages to get his family to the safety of a naval landing craft, but in exchange he must return to his former post and find the cause of the infection in hopes of finding a cure.
From what I have deduced from my notes and my limited memory, I enjoyed this movie very much. I also didn’t have the same problems that I heard from many people that disliked this movie because I have never, and would never, read the book this was based on. Or any other book for that matter. But most of the anger I heard about this movie was based around the fact that they didn’t stick very closely to the book, but I would have no idea about that. Judging this movie on its own merit, I enjoyed it. I did feel like the name was a little mediocre, and that it also was probably the result of someone’s sloppy hand-writing when they were writing a movie about World War 2. But then I appreciated that they didn’t waste much time getting into the movie. They get started with the zombies right away. The virus doesn’t waste any time either. It takes about 10 seconds for it to work. That keeps the action moving, but I did think that it hindered a staple of the zombie movie. There could be no real suspense built in scenes where the audience knows someone’s been infected but the other characters do not, or when someone really close to one of the characters is turning zombie right in front of them. Zombie movies love to do that! But in this movie, all you have to do is wait 10 seconds and if they haven’t turned, they aren’t going to. It’s a minor gripe, and I did like the scene Gerry thought he might be infected so he prepared himself to jump off the roof of the building if he thought he was turning. Downright noble of him. I also thought this movie showed for the first time how easy it could be to survive a zombie apocalypse with things like battleships at our disposal. Especially since it only takes 10 seconds for someone to turn. There’d be no chance that zombies could make it onto one of these ships, allowing us to be safe on them for a very long time.
I would say there were a couple of parts to the story I took issue with, and almost all of them require ::SPOILER ALERT:: The first one was when the scientist that accompanied Gerry died. The savior of humanity is really gonna die by slipping and shooting himself with his own gun? I know he probably had minimal military training at best, but come on. That’s a little goofy. And then I took issue with the part where all of Jerusalem falls. They all died because some people in the city had the rhythm in them? They started singing and dancing for no reason, which attracted the attention of the zombies and caused the entire city to die. And people wonder why I refuse to dance. From now on I’ll be able to say, “Because of the zombies.” And how about the doctor in the WHO (World Health Organization) facility that turns because he’s looking through a microscope and reaches for the infected blood while not looking? I’ve seen that episode of Scrubs and I know that kind of thing can happen with infected blood, but shouldn’t you be a bit more careful? And how is there not a doctor in the WHO facility that refers to himself as Doctor WHO? Also, how does that facility not have some ability to set off alarms remotely so that they can draw the infected away from where they need to go? I also thought it was interesting that they overcome the problem by infecting people, because the infected wanted a clean host for their own virus. It especially made me happy because my Hepatitis C would save me from the zombie apocalypse. ::END SPOILERS::
I dug all the performances in the movie. I love Brad Pitt. He’s one of those people that I want to hate because they’re so handsome and women love them so much that I wish they weren’t also great actors, but he is. I would say that his lady, Mireille Enos, was not believable. I guess her performance was, but I don’t see someone that looks like Brad Pitt going for a chick that’s just cute at best. He pulls Angelina tail! I also took issues with her, and all of them were based around her cell phone. I wanted to thank the movie for showing the world the arduous process of entering a contact into a cell phone. It’s something no one in the world has any familiarity with, so I’m glad they spent so much time showing it. And then this bitch almost gets Brad killed, and DOES get some nice military guys killed, because she had to try to call him multiple times. He said he’d call you, bitch! As good as I thought Brad did in the movie, I found myself less interested in him and more interested in Daniella Kertesz, the bald Israeli lady. I liked her. She was badass and hot. And she was missing a hand, and that’s my biggest fetish.
One could say that I’d have to call World War Z completely forgettable because of the empirical evidence I have from personally forgetting most of the movie shortly after watching it. But as I started writing the review I realized that everything I could force myself to remember was enjoyable. The story was good and kept me interested all the way through, even with the few small quibbles I had with some parts of the story. And the performances caused no complaints. I’m perfectly comfortable recommending that you see this movie while it’s still in theaters. World War Z gets “Mother Nature knows how to disguise her weakness as strength” out of “That’s not stupidity or weakness; that’s just human nature.”
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