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Monday, October 14, 2013

Movie Review: "World War Z" (2013)

There is this little, low-budget movie called "World War Z" (directed by Marc Forster) that stars this up & coming actor named Brad Pitt that you may have heard about recently. Oh and it's a zombie movie too!

In all seriousness, "World War Z" is a damn good movie. It's another version of the zombie apocalypse that is just slightly different than every other movie or TV show about zombies. It has a lot of depth to it and is a very well done movie. I was pleasantly surprised at how much I liked it. Maybe not THAT surprised since I am a big fan of the TV show "The Walking Dead" but "WWZ" was a more intelligent movie than I ever thought it would be. And the zombies move REALLY F'ING FAST!

Gerry Lane (Pitt) is a former UN investigator who is living a nice, normal life with his family (his wife Karin played by Mireille Enos and their two daughters Rachel & Constance played by Abigail Hargrove & Sterling Jerins respectively) in Philadelphia. Then all hell breaks loose and the city is attacked by the zombies, who move at incredible speed (like someone bred a zombie with a "True Blood" vampire). They are lucky enough to escape due to the help of one of Gerry's former colleagues, UN Deputy Secretary-General Thierry Umutoni (played by Fana Mokoena). Gerry is then given an ultimatum to help find the origin of the suspected virus or get sent away with his family to survive on their own. So of course, he chooses the former which takes him to South Korea then to Jerusalem and finally to Cardiff, Wales. And this trip is not easy of course as he has to battle the fast-moving zombies along the way, most notably on a jet airliner in one of the scarier, harrowing movie scenes I've seen in quite some time. was intense! While in Wales, Gerry works with scientists at the World Health Organization to test his theory regarding how they can fight the zombies, which leads to some more pretty intense scenes with the zombies. And these scenes are very well made & portrayed excellently.

As I said, this movie was a pleasant surprise for me. It is fast-paced, action-packed, scary & harrowing and also has a good story. Pitt does a nice job of portraying Gerry, bringing a lot of depth to the character. The special effects are very good as well. The story is layered, has depth and this isn't just a blood & guts free-for-all.

I definitely liked "World War Z"...8.0/10 stars

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