World War ZBased off the bestselling novel of the same title by Max Brooks, World War Z is directed by Marc Foster and is sadly an overblown summer spectacle with little in the way of scares, drama, or even effective storytelling.

World War ZBased off the bestselling novel of the same title by Max Brooks, World War Z is directed by Marc Foster and is sadly an overblown summer spectacle with little in the way of scares, drama, or even effective storytelling.

Brad Pitt plays Gerry Lane, a former UN worker turned stay-at-home dad when a zombie plague starts ravaging the world in what seems like a matter of minutes. He gets called back into duty by his former boss (Fana Mokoena) and is given the task of finding where the disease came from and how to stop it. What follows is a worldwide journey from one action set piece to another, leading to an anticlimactic ending. A simple enough plot, but this story lacks all the necessary elements for an entertaining zombie film.

The story itself follows the average, bloated summer movie formula that has very little to do with the original source material. Gerry Lane and the rest of the cast have very little character development in between the poorly directed action, so it’s hard to emphasize or relate even when they find themselves in dangerous or tragic situations.

In order to get that ‘magical’ PG13 rating, much of the violence and gore has been curtailed. Zombies usually appear far away from the camera, so the audience gets them stacking on top of one another or huge, rushing crowds of them instead. At one point Pitt beats a zombie lying on the floor, but the body lies just off-screen. A couple of jump scares are the best it gets.

Because of this, the film loses a lot of the personal, up-close horror that helps to make zombie films unsettling. A full-fledged bloodbath isn’t necessary, but zombies are violent monsters that require the same level of violence to subdue them. It’s one of the aspects that make these creatures scary and it’s jarring to have that viewpoint so inadequately hidden.

World War Z is a film that lacks all that it has promised to its viewers. Your time and money are far better spent reading the book. Avoid this film like the zombie plague.

Rated: PG-13; running time: 1 hr 56 min




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