World War Z movie review

I haven’t seen much of the 21st century zombie bandwagon trend, but I did see World War Z and… you know, it’s a movie…

I never had much ambition to see World War Z, but it fell into my lap, so I checked it out. It has a 7.1 rating on IMDB and that about sums it up… it’s like getting a C minus on an essay at school. Sure, effort was made, but to say there’s room for improvement is an understatement, but it’s not a huge, embarrassing failure. However, it should be noted that this is multi million dollar art and not some 9th grade history term paper.

So what’s the deal with this movie, anyway? Like Zombieland, this flick features the fast moving zombies rather than the slow moving Night of the Living Dead zombies (that’s the extent of my zombie knowledge), which makes for some somewhat interesting chasing, but even when the movie shows you a nice wide shot, you can barely tell who’s a zombie and who’s not as everyone’s running in the same direction. Somehow, this worked well in Zombieland (probably because they used different angles and only one or two people being chased), but is a visual mess here in World War Z.

The movie also has a hyper realistic tone, which brings us to:


World War Z is the Outbreak of zombie movies
As soon as the movie gets passed the whole "Zombies! They’re killing us all and turning us into zombies! Oh the humanity!" part, the movie essentially becomes Outbreak; a race to find patient zero and synthesize a cure. They twist it up as the movie goes on, but it’s the same idea – so now, instead of feeling like I’m just watching a less entertaining version of Zombieland, I also feel like I’m watching a slightly less entertaining version of Outbreak.

World War Z features the least relatable zombies ever

There’s all this science at work in this flick… or rather, investigative science, I suppose. At the same time, we’re watching these super powered zombies race around, swarm and climb on each other like ants while making these weird screaming and clicking noises and having a physical design basically the same as every other zombie I’ve ever seen. For me, these two things just didn’t work well together. I just wished they’d either decide that these are people with a disease to be treated or monsters to be blown to bits.

World War Z lacks balls

In what I assume was a quest to get a PG-13 rating rather than an R, this movie just doesn’t deliver the goods we’d expect for both it’s realistic tone and the fact that it’s a zombie movie. There’s some cool effects, but no memorable kills (Khan’s kill of the Admiral in Star Trek Into Darkness was more memorable than anything in this movie) or truly breathtaking images or scenes, so it’s kinda flat on the pulse meter.

Ultimately, we’re left with a decent but ineffective movie. It’s not terrible (fans of the genre should certainly check it out, although apparently fans of the book are beyond disappointed), but it’s certainly nothing special, yet it’s not so boring that you can’t watch it. For me, I can take it or leave it without caring much either way, so I’m giving World War Z a 6 out of 10.

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Posted on January 13, 2014, in movie review and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. Good review Jamie. Nothing like the book at all, but still a lot of fun and tense when it needs to be.

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