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World War Z

Posted by admin on June 27, 2013

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I cannot believe that there are actually people out there preparing for a possible zombie invasion. I understand that paranoia is a staple of mankind, but there are a million things worse then a possible zombie attack. Isn’t the idea of someone preparing for zombies like waiting for Hogwarts to open so your child can learn magic? This is when you really need to look at yourself to understand how much you have crossed over the line on fantasy. There are no zombies. It’s all just a story. Calm down. If anything, people should be more worried on those that may go nuts and gun down everyone, because he starts to see the ones he loves as zombies.

This is part of our fear of the end of the world. We have built many scenarios for the collapse of civilization; energy sources running out, the financial resources loosing everything, and even an asteroid destroying the Earth. I’m I concerned with something that end our societies? No, not as much as any of those stocking up on a lifetime supply on Mountain Dew in their shelters. I like seeing and reading material about the worlds end, like how a zombie attack begins the decline in World War Z.

Former United Nations employee Gary Lane (played by Brad Pitt) is trying to keep his current life normal. Unlike a lot of disaster movies where the family is dysfunctional, Gary’s family is normal with his wife Karin, and his two daughters, Rachel and Constance. It so happens that one morning while their sitting through Philadelphia traffic when chaos starts to spread. A series of explosions and groups of people start to run the opposite direction. When Gary sees that hoards of people are becoming infected by swarms of sick people, he takes his family to safety, trying to make heads and tails of the situation.

He is eventually picked up via helicopter to a U.S. Navy vessel where his family can rest in peace. He talks to UN Deputy Thierry who breaks it to Gary that this plague has spread worldwide, leading to over a billion people dead. Thierry talks about finding the source of the zombie virus in order to develop a cure. Knowing that his family can only stay on the boat by complying, Gary agrees to help investigate. He flies to South Korea and then to Jerusalem where he learns more about the outbreak that has be occurring well before the U.S. was struck. He runs and guns plenty of zombies while trying to see if there’s a weakness within the creatures.

At a cost of nearly two hundred million, World War Z is the most expensive zombie movie of all time. I can certainly see the money throughout the film as this story is set in several countries, and there is always a swarm if creatures trying to feast on the human flesh. I’ll give the movie credit as this is the first zombie movie in a while to show them as a hungry swarm. It does make them harder to kill, though I don’t think it makes them scarier.

Brad Pitt has that presence that can allow him to carry any film, though I wish the story of this film could have been better thought out. His journey can unfortunately become very sporadic. More time is spent on scenarios that really needed to be fleshed out, such as the mention in Jerusalem where the government has built a wall to keep out the creatures. I would have wanted more detail on stuff like this, but then the zombies attack again. It’s like the zombies are telling Brad Pitt in each country, “Sorry, but your princess is in another castle”.   I think that a story this large would have been better suited as a T.V. series rather then a movie.

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I’ll give this three swarms of zombies climbing the wall out of five. World War Z has been said to be a really tough story to translate to cinema, and it really shows. I’m sure that this will have plenty of fans, though in order to make me one, they had better understand that story means everything over zombie kills. 

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