I am not a rabid zombie-flick fan, but I do enjoy films about the undead, especially if they seem to have a slight twist.
I was looking forward to “World War Z” since the story stretched across the globe. So many zombie films just focus on what is happening in one small part of the world.
“World War Z” starts off well. Brad Pitt’s character Gerry Lane is relatable. He is happily married with two children and as the world falls into chaos he is easy to root for as the story progresses.
Mireille Enos plays his wife, Karin Lane, and Sterling Jerins and Abigail Hargrove portray their daughters Constance and Rachel respectively.
The family dynamic is believable and adds to the urgency of Gerry trying to save the world to save his family.
The action in the film is also well done and is nowhere near as gory as most zombie films. Some may be disappointed that there isn’t more blood and guts on the screen, but I don’t think the lack of gore took anything away from the film.
Despite the good start and the well-done action, I had some large issues with this film.
My biggest gripe was that the majority of the exciting scenes and plot points of the movie are seen in the trailers. Before I even bought my ticket, I had a feeling I could figure out what would happen in the movie just by watching a preview. I hate when studios do this. It takes any impact the director may have planned for the theater experience and ruins it.
The audience does not need to see the entire film in the trailer. Teasers should be just that — a tease of what is to come — not most of the show.
My other issue with the film was the amount of bad decisions being made by the characters. I can understand making the wrong choice in a panic situation, but some of the actions characters took were unbelievable and just made me shake my head in disbelief.
I wouldn’t describe this movie as great or awful. It has good action and good acting, but the storyline and how the film jumps from place to place could have been done with better precision.
If you miss this one in the theaters, it won’t be a great loss. I completely understand why “Monsters University” beat this film at the box office last weekend.
Rating: 3 popcorns
“World War Z” is rated PG-13 for intense frightening zombie sequences, violence and disturbing images.