Movie Review: World War Z (2013)

This tense and thrilling film follows a former United Nations investigator (Pitt) as he helps stop the chaotic pandemic that has gripped populations around the world.  WORLD WAR Z features stunning visual effects and edge-of-your-seat action and suspense that take the Zombie apocalypse phenomenon to a more extreme and electrifying level.

World War Z is based on a novel by the same name and directed by Marc Forster.  Gerry Lane (Brad Pitt) is a former UN superstar turned stay at home dad.  He is married to Karin (Mireille Enos) and they have two beautiful daughters.  We meet them at the very beginning of the movie as they begin their normal routine for a new day.

WWZ_BD_3D_FNStuck in Philadelphia traffic, the Lane family idly interact with each other while they wait for cars to move.  The kids need to get to school, one assumes Mom needs to go to work, and Gerry needs to get back to the home and maybe put on a load of laundry.  However, chaos begins to assault their safe family environment until they are thrust into the action.  It is at this point, for the first time of many, my heart started racing 40 million beats per seconds.

Gerry meets up with an old friend Thierry Umutoni, (Fana Mokoena), who happens to be the Deputy Secretary-General. This is probably a pretty cool friend to have in an apoplectic world – at least one would hope. We watch as Gerry begins the task of saving his family and consequently the human race against a Zombie pandemic.

One of the aspects of the film I enjoyed the most was how the director let the viewer focus on one element of a scene. It was a good insight into Gerry’s point-of-view. It drew me into the story more as it was almost as if I was an investigator trying to figure out the pandemic.

What I most appreciated was that the gore was not as in abundance as you would see in other horror thrillers. In one instance, a limb is cut off but, rather than showing the severed appendage, the viewer is left to imagine what it looked like. As I don’t have the stomach to watch such carnage, I was totally okay with this.

The movie through the use of clips and character dialogue made me actually think about what we as a population have done to the earth. Without giving too much away, pay attention to the dialogue about crumbs. For a second you ponder how badly the human race has come off track. I thought this a pretty good trick for a zombie movie.

For those who want to be scared, but don’t want to sleep with a machete under their pillow, World War Z accomplishes that.

Quick Details

Release Date: September 17, 2013
Format: Available in Blu-ray/DVD Combo. Also available in Blu-ray 3D/Blu-ray/DVD combo pack, and DVD only
Runtime: 115 minutes

Extra Features:
Blu-ray

  • Feature film in high definition (Unrated version)
  • Origins: The filmmakers discuss collaborating with renowned actor/producer Brad Pitt to create a Zombie film the likes of which have never been seen.
  • Looking to Science: Explore the scientific realities of Zombie behavior in nature and learn more about Zombies in literature and film.
  • WWZ: Production
  • Outbreak: Go on set with Brad Pitt and director Marc Forster for a behind-the-scenes look at the film’s breathtaking first attack in Philadelphia.
  • The Journey Begins: Delve deeper into Gerry’s fight for survival during the dramatic escape in South Korea.
  • Behind The Wall: Explore the epic scene in Jerusalem and discover the incredible logistics of creating the elaborate stunts and crowd sequences.
  • Camouflage: Experience the final confrontation between Gerry and the Zombies and discover the phenomenal scope of the film’s production.

DVD

  • Feature film in standard definition (Theatrical version)

Have you seen this in the theatre, or are you looking forward to seeing it? If you’ve seen it, what did you think?

Vera Orsini
Vera is a busy mom of one of the most epic kids in the WORLD!!! She is also wife of a pretty funny husband. She just moved to Saskatchewan from the Greater Toronto Area and is suffering from extreme culture shock. She enjoys meeting people both offline and online. She keeps busy working full time, looking after the family, trying to make new friends in this new land and lurking on the internet reading people’s stories of hope, laughter, and wine.
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