Good cinema has proved time and again that regardless of the subject matter a good film will move you even if it’s about something as unreal as Zombies. In World War Z, director Marc Forster follows suit. The film is an adaptation of Max Brooks’ novel of the same name.
There are a lot of reasons why you shouldn’t miss this flick. The film is scary as hell but minus any cheap thrills. The screenplay written by Matthew Michael Carnahan is well crafted and has absolutely no loop holes except for a few minor ones. One of them being Segen’s capability to scale a 20 foot ladder in 3 seconds flat. (Segen is an Israeli female soldier who gets assigned to protect Gerry Lane) The film drops into the world when it’s facing a major crisis. It stars Brad Pitt playing a ex-UN investigator called Gerry Lane who has to make a decision to save his family or battle a world wide epidemic. He plays the accidental hero in this one. Once this outbreak begins there are only a few days until the end of humanity.
Getting back to the Zombies…watching the undead creatures unleash themselves upon living human hosts is like watching an alarmingly scary domino effect taking place. Also the undead in this film nimble on their feet than they’ve ever been. The film makes real the feeling of being locked in a suffocating space where the only choice a man has to choose between the death he wishes for himself, as death is not a possibility but a certainity. Also the pain of having to kill the one you love, your family is shown. Companionship and the role it plays in life through trying times is shown between the bond that Pitt and Segen share with each other.
The film is the story of mankind’s fight to save itself. Just before the end credits roll, Brad Pitt in a rather preachy tone says, ‘If you can fight, fight. Help each other, be prepared for anything.’
All things considered the pace of the film is rigorous and the the characters and the mystery heavy.