WORLD WAR Z (2013) movie review

They run faster, stare harder, scale walls, headbang, stick around for a quick bite, and have no feelings. Sound like your last relationship?

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This zombie apocalypse has a new face. In our world, the slow moving, cannibalistic, “Walking Dead” reign. However, director Mark Forster, a favorite since his Finding Neverland (2004) and Stranger Than Fiction (2006), and WWZ‘s producer Brad Pitt have reinvented the franchise.

World-War-Z-screenshot-1Some criticized the action zoom in at minute 5 or so in the film initiating the continuous conflict, but character development, schmaracter development, right? Pitt and Jolie have laid the foundation for Pitt’s trustworthy, fatherly character by adding a new child to their brood each year. We buy that he is the  hatchet-wielding family man with a heart of gold whose  war-shredded past shows in each line of his face and in his stringy beard. He is apt for the task, a believable and beautifully clever team player father figure rushing to save the world.

images-1Back to nuts and bolts. To see or not to see. Despite its furious filming foibles and over budget fear-driven rewrites, they succeeded. Zombie flix can easily ring cheesy, but true to genre, it is scary. Rental was a good call for me. I can’t do gore or 2 hours of breathless intensity. So, the catchy bird-like zombie squawk that introduces each toothsome attack became my cue to get up and fold some laundry or send an email. The Zombies weren’t skip-trudging toward their next human meals; they rushed for the bite to turn the next victim. Anxiety comes in ocean waves, then pulls back long enough for audiences to breathe.
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Don’t miss Jimmy Fallon’s “Yodel” interview with Brad Pitt: (linked below)images-3

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  1. I call this a horror action movie. It was a little different than what genre fans expect from a zombie film, but I liked it!

  2. A lot of people gave this one flack for being a brainless Hollywood blockbuster. I went into it expecting just that, and I loved my experience. It’s a fun, scary popcorn flick, nothing more, nothing less.

  3. I agree, this was definitely a horror action film. I am not usually a fan of zombie shows or movies, but this movie was excellent. It was exciting and certainly a thriller to the end. It kept me on the edge of my seat throughout the whole movie because I didn’t know what to expect next throughout the whole movie. Every time it looked as if there was no way out there was a breakthrough. It sucks you in because you have to pay close attention to the details to actually know what is going on or what just occurred. I would definitely recommend anyone who is into action, horror, or thrill seekers to see this movie.

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