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With Zombies infesting television, movies, and popular literature it’s hard to have a zombie project stand out from the rest. World War Z director Marc Forster manages to create a unique, exciting journey that proves there can still be something fresh and new about these rotting, flesh hungry corpses.
Based on the popular novel by Max Brooks, World War Z, stars Brad Pitt as a former U.N. investigator caught in a global zombie pandemic that is ending human life quickly. Pitt travels the world looking for “patient zero” – the very first human to catch the plague. While traveling he finds ways in which several cities and other pockets of humanity are battling the illness and “attempts to find anyway whatsoever to stem the (quite literal) tide of zombies rolling across the world” (Marshall, digitaltrends.com)
Fans of the novel expecting an exact adaptation of the book will be disappointed, but director Forster and the screenwriting team of World War Z, provided a story that engulfs many of the themes of the book. As Pitt’s character makes his way around the world, the viewers gain knowledge on how certain region’s infrastructure hurt or helped the spread of the disease, giving a real look at the “Big Picture” that most plots in this forever growing genre lack.
Similar to most novels turned movies, the World War Z film is very much compressed and unfolds over a short period of time as oppose to the books multi-year struggle. Even the behavioral characteristics of the creatures are changed from the shambling decaying bodies to fast-moving hordes.
“When World War Z is at its best, though, it showcases the way in which the war against the zombies is one of attrition – and why the living dead are winning. The film features a number of fantastic set pieces that reveal how quickly an otherwise quiet, or seemingly secure location can be overrun by zombies, and the way in which the creatures’ herd-like behavior can result in a literal tide of living dead, washing over its victims in a bloody, gory wave of destruction. It’s something we haven’t seen before in zombie movies (or television, for that matter), and serves as a nice reminder that the genre’s bones haven’t been picked clean yet.
"Along with zombie-horde effects, the film also offers a few clever set pieces that are well worth the price of admission, including an incredibly tense airplane sequence that looks at what would happen if a zombie found its way onto a passenger jet, and a frantic opening sequence that – without revealing any spoilers – does a nice job of setting the tone for everything that follows. While most zombie stories unfold in the aftermath of an apocalyptic scenario, World War Z gives its audience a ringside seat to the epidemic’s origin and takes you right through to its resolution.” (Marshall, digitaltrends.com)
However the film falters in it’s ending. The movie before the ending involves Pitt’s character racing from one spot to the next – often trailing behind a crowd of zombies, but the ending unfolds in a more confined area with a slow pace. The focus also seems to downsize from the grand events surrounding Pitt’s character to the character himself, reminding the viewers who the hero is in this story. The switch in tone and pace disfavors what was otherwise a “fast-paced, frantic, zombie-fueled travelogue and the final act ends up feeling a bit too narrowly focused and clean in it’s resolution” (Marshall, digitaltrends.com)
“To its credit, World War Z manages to offer something that looks and feels very different than what we’re used to seeing in zombie stories these days. And given how crowded the genre has become, that’s no small achievement. While it might not win over diehard fans of the novel – an obstacle most adaptations face and few overcome – World War Z offers a strong case that a bigger focus can indeed be better when it comes to the living dead, and that there are still signs of life in living-dead cinema.” (Marshall, digital trends.com)
In theaters everywhere Friday, June 21st, 2013!!!
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