We can all name the great zombies movies of our time - the classics, genre-defining films that have stood the test of time. Night of the Living Dead, White Zombie, Zombi, Dawn of the Dead, Day of the Dead, the Crazies, and all their remakes and knock-offs. Now, finally, the 21st century has produced an original zombie film unlike any other, a film that adheres to the rules its forefathers handed down while introducing new cannon, a film that both thrills, horrifies, delights, and intrigues. Finally, the 21st century has handed us a zombie horror film worth shouting about:
The film caused a minor stir when it was released, though it was more newsworthy beforehand, as news of reshoots, Brad Pitt tabloid headlines in general, and an ever-increasing budget seemed to doom the film. But I am pleased to say that - now on DVD and Blu-Ray - the general populous can view this horrific marvel.
I won't say much as to not spoil it, although I will, as always, trumpet: read the book! This film is better than any other zombie film ever created. There. I said it. And I stand by it. World War Z is the best zombie film of all time.
And for one reason: realism.
People love 28 Days Later and the Dawn of the Dead remake because the zombies - or infected, if you like - are fast, and vicious, and everything just seems to real. But those films pale in comparison to WWZ. The makeup is subtle but brilliant, as are the plot's nuances. There has never been anything so real committed to celluloid in this type of movie. When the apocalypse happens - for real - it won't happen with zombies, but it will happen as suddenly and brutally as it does in this film. Total anarchy will rule within seconds and real horror will prevail. And if it does happen by some type of infection, you can bet the sick and undead will look a lot like the droolers in this movie.
If you want to see something really terrifying, watch World War Z.