On an afternoon date, I took my lady to World War Z of all things. Why not? Zombie culture has become something of a social norm. I read the book and enjoyed it for its peculiar take on its fictional world. Also, who doesn’t like Brad Pitt? He is our hero. After seeing the film, though, I’m still not sure why the world is on his shoulders, but lord does the man put butts in the seats.
The Walking Dead, 28 Days Later, and Zack Snyder’s Dawn of the Dead remake have really brought zombies to the mainstream. It is unheard of for studios to use a horror film as their Summer tent poles, but that is now possible. World War Z allows you all of five minutes before it kicks in to gear. Zombies are flying towards people and eating them and all that other stuff zombies do. It’s entertaining, but the CGI used for the zombies eliminates any sense of dread or general terror for the main characters. You know early on that Brad Pitt is pretty zombie proof.
I mentioned that the movie moves at breakneck pace, but this is a strange notion since I felt the movie was overlong. Like most zombie films, I didn’t see where the film could go without just letting the world blow up. Brad Pitt is traveling country to country, trying to find a cure, and fails at every turn. He eventually stumbles upon a moronic idea that the film accepts but I refuse to. You’ll just have to check it out.
My biggest gripe about the film isn’t anything it can help. They had to make the film PG-13 and this involved eliminating the horror and gore elements that are usually associated with this genre. They did it to allow more people to come see it and pay their hard earned dollars, but this shortcoming takes away from the violence, forcing the film to rely on its story and acting to get us through. For me, this made the film fall flat on its face because the story was atrocious.
Nothing is resolved by film’s end because they are making sequels. I will happily accept title ideas in the comments below, but I’m siding with:
World War Z: The Zequel
UPDATE: The lady and I did find one scene worth while. Please pay special attention to the "air plane" sequence. There is a zombie that looks Brad Pitt in the eye and makes the Mr. Bean face. If you are confused, I'll refresh your memory.
Thomas William Shaw is an author and stage actor from Birmingham, AL. He lives with his wife, Lauren, their children, and their cats in a quiet place. Occasionally he will post about it.