World War Z (2013) Review

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World War Z

Directed by Marc Forster

Produced by:
Brad Pitt
Dede Gardner
Jeremy Kleiner
Ian Bryce

Based on World War Z by Max Brooks (Supposedly. Like… Extremely LOOSELY based on! Lol.)

Brad Pitt
Mireille Enos
Daniella Kertesz
James Badge Dale
Fana Mokoena
Ludi Boeken
Matthew Fox
David Morse
Elyes Gabel

Plot Synopsis:

Gerry Lane (Brad Pitt), a former employee of the United Nations, is called upon to leave his family & travel the globe in search of the cause of a worldwide zombie pandemic and in the hope of finding a cure.

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My Opinion:

So, okay – I read World War Z by Max Brooks (son of Mel!). I LOVED it – I thought it was one of the best books I’d read in years. Then I heard they’d be making it into a movie and I’m usually happy about that – although I rarely like the movies as much as the books, I still enjoy seeing how they adapt them. After all kinds of known problems while trying to make this movie, we finally got to see the first proper trailer. And, like everyone else who read the book, I was like “what the HELL is that?!”. Lol. I don’t need to say more – I think everyone knows by now that, aside from the title, the book and the movie have VERY little in common. So let’s move on…

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Knowing this was NOT going to be the World War Z I know, I went to this with fairly low expectations and also went to it knowing it was going to be more of a serious “nationwide pandemic” film than some kind of Romero zombie movie. This is more I Am Legend or even Contagion than Night Of The Living Dead. And that’s fine – I ended up enjoying it more than I had expected. Not that the book was a full-on zombie thing anyway – it’s more like a book on war… (Sorry – not going there! I won’t mention the book again). πŸ˜‰

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Apocalyptic Movies of any sort are always my type of thing. Don’t know why… And World War Z is a decent enough example of this type of film. We got to see the human side of things through seeing Brad Pitt’s character have to leave his wife and two daughters behind as he travels to try to discover the cause & a cure. We briefly meet some soldiers that we get to know a little bit about – this was one of the better parts of the film (and a small part of this was in the book!!). And Brad helps a female soldier in Israel played by Daniella Kertesz. She’s probably one of the best characters in this and she wasn’t even listed when I looked up the actors’ names on Wikipedia! We meet quite a few characters as Brad travels the globe and I enjoyed that and actually wished they’d been able to spend a little more time with some of these characters.

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As for the action & “gore” – well, there IS no gore. Honestly. Never seen a zombie movie with pretty much NO blood whatsoever. But that’s fine by me. As I said, this isn’t some zombie horror movie – this is a human drama exploring the effects of a worldwide pandemic. And, aside from a few minor silly things, this movie does the “apocalyptic” thing so much better than a Roland Emmerich movie. Other than some CGI zombies piling on top of each other and looking a little silly, World War Z felt much more realistic than an Emmerich film ever has. And the action seemed just right – just enough but nothing too insane and over-the-top (hello Man Of Steel!).

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If you go to World War Z with an open mind and expecting a human drama about a worldwide pandemic instead of a gory zombie horror movie, you may find that you actually enjoy it. It certainly has some problems and is far from perfect but it isn’t the total disaster we were all expecting after hearing about all the production problems and all the changes that were made. I’d have liked to see a bit more character development of some of the lesser characters but we meet them all too briefly to really achieve this. So, overall, I’d probably recommend this film. But I’d DEFINITELY recommend the brilliant book. You can do both – they’re completely different things…

My Rating: 7/10

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**I think a lot of people will have by now read about the original World War Z ending and how it was massively changed. If you’re interested, this is a very good article explaining the changes: The Playlist.

I hate the sound of this original ending! I have to say they made the right decision.

See if World War Z has made this list of My Top Ten Apocalyptic Movies. πŸ™‚

33 thoughts on “World War Z (2013) Review

  1. Excellent review, though I think we may finally disagree on something…. I thought the movie felt a little TOO truncated, that it didn’t have the time to develop the characters. Maybe if it was done as a mini-series instead of a movie, it could have fleshed things out a bit. And it would have been a little gorier (yes, I’m a gore hound….)

    • Yes, I agree on the character development. They just didn’t spend long enough with any of them for us to really get to know them. Even the female soldier didn’t get much development and she ended up with a lot of screen time. I really wanted MUCH more of this. Things felt very “rushed”. I suppose I’ve given it a decent rating as it was much better than the disaster I was fearing. As for the gore, I was fine without it as I’m pretty wussy. Although I LOVE zombie movies with entrails & blood all over the place. For some reason, I can only handle ZOMBIE violence. πŸ˜‰ But, oddly, I don’t see World War Z as a zombie movie. I told myself going into it to not expect that so I wasn’t too disappointed. I’m a huge Romero fan – This is NOT what I see as a “zombie” movie. πŸ™‚

      • I am interested in reading the book now. I’m sure it’ll fill in some of the blanks regarding character. And maybe I’ll have to see the movie again later down the road. I probably came in expecting one movie and got another one instead….

      • Definitely DEFINITELY read the book. It’s brilliant. Really, it’s a war book. And I’d also recommend his book The Zombie Survival Guide. But don’t expect character development for the characters in the movie as they aren’t in the book. Lol! Honestly – they share a title and the fact that there are zombies…

  2. Coming to Cinema Parrot Disco is always a good time but the best part is the tags. I tried to read this book and couldn’t finish it – and I’m a Finisher…

    Did they turn this into a kids movie…? “No Gore”… is it OK to do this: ( ! )

    • No!!! The book is awesome! To be fair, it starts out VERY slow. It gets much better. And some stories were better than others. Glad to know you’re a “finisher”, though. :-p

      Ha! It IS almost a “family” zombie movie. But your butt is okay this time. πŸ˜‰

    • Thanks. πŸ™‚ Before Midnight was the one I WANTED to see, though! Lol.

      But if you really want a full-on zombie movie, you might find this disappointing. Watch this for a decent disaster movie and Romero for zombies! πŸ™‚

      • I’ll undoubtedly watch it when it comes out on streaming services, but I have heard some great things (including your words) about the book, so I think I am going to get hold of that instead!!

      • Definitely do that! πŸ™‚ I really enjoyed the book. Which…. has pretty much nothing whatsoever in common with this movie. Lol. The Zombie Survival Guide is also very good – I read that before World War Z.

  3. I completely agree with your review (mine is up tomorrow). My husband loves the book and has been unable to see them as two separate entities so he hated every second of it. Made for a very tense walk home from the cinema!

    • Haha – I bet! It was just so obvious from the trailer that it wasn’t the book so I really forced myself to not think of the book too much while watching it. It worked a little… Look forward to your review! πŸ™‚

  4. I too went in with much lowered expectations and ended up enjoying this film way more than I thought I would. This film was choppy and did not have enough gore for my tasted but it was not bad. Maybe they could have borrowed some of the blood from Django Unchained to make this a better film.

    • Lol. Yes, Django had more than its fair share of blood. It’s good to see some fairly similar reviews – I didn’t know if people were really going to hate this one & call me crazy for saying it was okay. But I’ll take Romero over World War Z. πŸ™‚

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