World War Z Movie Review

Plot: United Nations employee Gerry Lane traverses the world in a race against time to stop the Zombie pandemic that is toppling armies and governments, and threatening to destroy humanity itself.

Let me start off by saying that if your a fan of the book World War Z by Max Brooks (Film legend Mel Brooks’s son), distance yourself of any thoughts you may have hoping that the movie is as good as the book if you want to enjoy this film. The only thing the movie and book have in common is the name World War Z. The movie does stand on its own no matter how you feel about the book that its suppose to be adapted from. I highly recommend the book by the way, but more on the book later.

You can tell this movie is Brad Pitt’s baby. He and his producing partners went through a lot of difficulty to get this movie done. The movie was delayed and there was rumors of creative differences, budget issues, etc. I don’t know why the movie strayed so far from the book, but I had hope when the screenplay was co-written by Babylon 5 head writer J. Michael Starczynski.

I did enjoy the direction World War Z did take on a zombie apocalypse. The film showed a realistic take in what would happen globally if such a world wide threat of this nature did take place. Also, the zombies are fricken fast runners!!!

I also liked Brad Pitt’s character as the lead investigator into the epidemic. He has a world wide street smart with a military survival background. I like most of Brad’s movie rolls, and he doesn’t disappoint here. The movie was very suspenseful and kept me riveted to what was gonna happen next as Pitt’s character has to travel around the world chasing the origin if the epidemic.

I recommend this film if your interested in a different type of “zombie movie”. However, if you want a better story, check out the original book written by Max Brooks. The books dives much deeper into the world and the effects of a zombie apocalypse. I recommend the audio book because it is read in parts by great actors and voice talents such as Alan Alda, John Turturro, Rob Reiner, and Mark Hamill. It’s a great listen. World War Z is the follow up to Brook’s book The Zombie Survival Guide. Max Brooks is an accomplished writer. He also did a writing stint on Saturday Night Live.



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