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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44 comments… add one
  • Bree Janke Oct 8, 2013, 11:40 am

    I have not seen this movie but want to!

  • Karine Oct 6, 2013, 8:42 am

    I saw the movie and it was good, I liked it.

  • Tom Ds Oct 5, 2013, 12:34 pm

    I’m looking forward to seeing this.

  • mir&a Oct 4, 2013, 2:23 pm

    one of my more favourtie zombie movies

  • nomnomnom Oct 4, 2013, 2:18 pm

    Seen it in theaters and loved the ending, even though I was able to guess the solution about 1/2 way thru :D

  • Florence C Oct 3, 2013, 6:49 pm

    I have not seen this movie yet, but would love to.

  • Carol A. Oct 2, 2013, 2:14 pm

    Haven’t seen this movie yet. Would like to watch it in the future since it looks interesting!

  • Natalie Oct 2, 2013, 10:10 am

    I saw this as soon as it got to theatres. It was good but he book was beter (it always is though, isn’t it?)

  • Lisa Neutel Oct 2, 2013, 8:27 am

    I have not yet seen this movie..but it’s on my list of movies I really want to see

  • Rhonda W G. Oct 1, 2013, 4:41 pm

    I have not yet seen the movie but would like to!

  • Jennifer wade Oct 1, 2013, 2:06 pm

    Have never seen it before, always looking for new movies to curl up and watch during my me time :)

  • Brian Oct 1, 2013, 2:03 pm

    Haven’t seen it yet, but I REALLY WANT TO!

  • Maria Oct 1, 2013, 10:05 am

    I am really looking forward to seeing this movie!

  • trish Sep 30, 2013, 9:17 pm

    def looking forward to seeing this :)

  • Arjun Rudra Sep 30, 2013, 11:09 am

    Havent watched the movie yet as I could get into the trailer. However, if I win, I will be curious enough to watch it, just not curious enough to pay money to watch the movie.

  • R M Sep 29, 2013, 10:29 pm

    World War Z looks like a great movie, and who doesn’t love a good zombie movie every once in a while, especially if its got Brad Pitt in it.

  • @newfiechick Sep 28, 2013, 8:49 pm

    I haven’t seen World War Z yet, but I am looking forward to watching it soon. Looks like an interesting movie.

  • Haylie Langwald Sep 28, 2013, 6:32 pm

    I haven’t seen it yet but have heard good things about it.

  • Andrea Amy Sep 27, 2013, 3:15 pm

    I have not seen this yet but I kind of love Brad Pitt so want to :)

  • Holly Messana Sep 27, 2013, 9:23 am

    I did see the movie and I love it! My husband and boys didn’t get to see it but I would love to watch it with them.

  • Reagan Lam Sep 26, 2013, 9:40 pm

    I actually liked it a lot. I was going in with little to no expectations and was surprised. I felt like it had a bit of everything.

  • Darwin Chau Sep 26, 2013, 11:04 am

    I haven’t seen it yet, but looking forward to it. It had some pretty decent reviews for it when it was out.

  • Tammy Dalley Sep 25, 2013, 1:08 pm

    I haven’t seen this movie yet but I have heard some great things about it, I cant wait to see it!

  • Kris Sep 25, 2013, 10:23 am

    I saw the movie because my husband made me watch it, I’m not into zombie type movies but have to say that for that kind of movie, I did really enjoy it. I was surprised.

  • Angela Mitchell Sep 24, 2013, 10:43 am

    I saw it the theatre and I have to say that I really enjoyed it. The firs half hour was almost too intense for me though. I thought Brad Pitt was really good in it too!

  • angela m Sep 23, 2013, 4:14 pm

    I have seen this movie in the theater and loved it. I thought it was a great movie and I can’t wait to watch it again

  • silvia Sep 23, 2013, 11:44 am

    I have not seen this movie yet but am really looking forward to it. My kind of movies!

  • Jones Sep 23, 2013, 12:15 am

    From the name of movie , anyone can judge that this movie will be very awesome and full of thriller . I will try to see this movie surely , after getting time from a busy schedule . I also hev heard regarding this movie from my friend .

  • Cheryl (@loucheryl) Sep 22, 2013, 10:01 pm

    My husband wants to see this movie badly!

  • Jonnie Sep 22, 2013, 9:51 pm

    This is not my type of movie but my husband is very eager to see it

  • Andrea Williams Sep 22, 2013, 9:20 pm

    We did the same things and rented this on VOD last week and watched it twice. My teens loved it and would love to have a copy to watch again and again.

  • Soozle Sep 22, 2013, 7:12 pm

    Ive seen the movie and enjoyed it alot! :D

  • Heidi C. Sep 22, 2013, 6:29 pm

    I haven’t seen this movie yet but, based on your review, can’t wait to see it!

  • Haru Sep 22, 2013, 5:11 pm

    Saw it twice in theatre- with two separate groups of friends – good action flick!!!

  • Tanis Sep 22, 2013, 4:43 pm

    We haven’t watched the movie yet, but it’s one we’d like to see!

  • Jasen H Sep 22, 2013, 11:18 am

    I finally saw it a few weeks ago, I was expecting it to be terrible given the number of negative reviews but it was actually a fairly decent summer action movie.

  • lori butler Sep 22, 2013, 11:16 am

    i haven’t seen it, but I really want to

    • Vera Orsini Vera Sep 22, 2013, 3:10 pm

      You will enjoy it when you finally do!,

  • Janelle Sep 22, 2013, 7:44 am

    I have not seen this movie yet but my husband and I are really wanting to see it. We heard it is a pretty good movie.

  • Andrew P Sep 22, 2013, 7:35 am

    I ended up watching this in the theatre. I thought it was a great movie but then again I’m a sucker for zombie genre films. Thanks for the chance to win I would love to rewatch this and also to check out the special features.

    • Vera Orsini Vera Sep 22, 2013, 3:13 pm

      I really enjoyed the special effects.

  • Anne Taylor Sep 21, 2013, 5:42 pm

    I wasn’t sure what to think of this movie; I”d heard so many different things…negative and positive. We rented it from Redbox and watched in 2 times in a row! I love that it wasn’t based on just the states and that it took place around the world; and involved different cultures. it was a very cool movie, really suspensful!

    I am a real fan of the woman who plays Brad’s wife; she’s great in The Killing (which has been cancelled)

    • Vera Orsini Vera Sep 21, 2013, 8:44 pm

      I know!! It was a really good movie!! I had never even heard of Mireille Enos, but she totally won me over in this movie!!

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