Saturday, December 7, 2013

World War Z [A Fat Jesus Quick Hit]

We all love zombie movies! Right? Well, as of late it's turned into a tired sub-genre that produces way more bad than good. Every year though, or at least every few years, there's one or two really good zombie movies. World War Z is this year's attempt at big budget zombie. Adapted from the acclaimed novel of the same name, World War Z follows the story of Gerry Lane (Brad Pitt) and his family as the zombie apocalypse begins. Being a former UN employee, Gerry's recalled in an effort to go into ground zero and try to find a cure for this pandemic spreading across the world.

I may be a little biased, but I tend to enjoy zombie movies more than most and this one was really no different. This really gave off a 28 Weeks Later vibe. Now despite the early praise, World War Z, isn't a tour de force. Brad Pitt commands the screen and plays Gerry well. The CGI and effects are done well in this too. There's also a fair bit of action mixed in this as there's a lot of stuff, mostly panic and zombie killing, going on. The story is fairly pedestrian, and there's not many memorable characters either. That's one of the bigger problems this has. Brad Pitt is the star, everyone else supports him. At two hours this can feel kinda draggy too, but I was fairly engaged throughout. If you're not a horror fan, don't fear, because "zombies" really feel more like a plot device, than something out to scare you.

World War Z is a good "zombie" movie. Though it was hyped through the roof, and may have fallen short in people's eyes, this is a very solid movie. You could do much worse than watching this on a Sunday afternoon. Brad Pitt does well as the lead of this apocalyptic film. The story is fine, while the acting, action and CGI are all okay. This is a zombie movie, that doesn't force the fact it is one down your throat.

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