A little belated review on the Zombie movie of the year! (I wasn’t aware there was more then one zombie film a year)
Zombie films are normally low budget, bits of fluff with no plot line and lots of blood and guts. I am not talking about the classics of the genre, 28 Days Later, The Evil Dead etc (Shaun of the Dead is by far the best hehe), I am talking about the late night sky/channel 5 films. These are so low rent I reckon I could make one with my I phone and bowl full of jelly in about a day.
World War Z is different. For a starters its a big Hollywood blockbuster! Money has been spent on this, you can tell from the CGI to the amount of extras to the director (who just so happens to be Brad Pitt in his directorial debut) Shockingly I haven’t read the book so I cant tell you how it compares!
It starts well, with genuine confusion from the cast as they are suddenly stopped in a New York street full of traffic. Ill be honest, I’m not a fan of children in movies nor in real life. I really could have done without them during the opening sequences especially the daughter who has asthma! Massive cliche! The film does keep the suspense going until we see our first zombie! Oddly the film is genuinely frightening! Zombie films normally go OTT with the special effects and gore. This one isn’t tame by any means but the gore feels less hammer horror and more realistic.
The scenes in the supermarket are genuinely harrowing as panic buying is something that genuinely happens in a time of crisis.
Anyway Brad Pitt and family escape the city. Brad Pitt, handily happens to be an ex UN man with connections, these connections happen to have a helicopter and a boat to house them on. All very convenient. The family thankfully have served their purpose and we hear very little from them for the rest of the film. (apart from when they call at the most inconvenient times!)
Brad is then tasked to track down the source of the Zombie disease! This is when the film really picks up! It suddenly turns into an action adventure! Going to exotic places like South Korea, Israel and…. erm… Wales?
The Israel action sequences are truly epic which culminates in a plane crash! Mr Pitt has picked up a friend at this point a Mossad agent played by Daniella Kertesz. (she has a shaved head so she must be hard!) Who looses a hand and then survives a plane crash! (on the crash, they never would have survived that but it is Holywood! Killing off the main character/director wouldn’t have made much commercial sense)
Anyway I’m not here to tell you what happens but they end up in a medical research facility in… WALES. (Why wales? I don’t get it?) it then all goes a bit resident evil, roaming around medical corridors with zombies, until they discover a zombie repellent, deadly diseases.
For once its a clever solution to the problem. Well not solution, a half solution which makes it a teensy bit more believable.
Ok so its an action horror film! So its not going to change the world and yes if you don’t like gore then its probably not for you. I can say though that if your not a big zombie fan this film does give you more then flesh eaters. Terrific action and a fairly good story line and engaging characters make the film that bit more then a horror fest! Peter Capaldi popping up in wales made me smile as well.