I’m really not much into this zombie thing; I just don’t get it. I have watched the “Walking Dead” on AMC and it bores me. Why keep shooting these insatiable creeps, when they just keep getting up. On top of that the zombies walk so slowly, they remind of drunks wandering around looking for pizza. However, “World War Z” brings us a different type of Zombie: A Zombie on steroids.
Gerry Lane (Brad Pitt) is a United Nations investigator that gets stuck right in middle of a zombie pandemic in Philadelphia. His first reaction is to get his family into the car and get out of town, but he soon finds out every else has the same idea. A mass exodus accompanied by a 9-11 type hysteria envelope the city. Gerry eventually gets his family evacuated by helicopter and placed on an aircraft carrier (courtesy of the U.N). Meanwhile entire cities around the world are being infested with Zombie plague. The question is, is how did all of this start?
Gerry is assigned a crew to go out and investigate ground zero, so off they go to South Korea where apparently the first case was reported. When that doesn’t pan out they head to Israel where the country has been sealed off, or so we think. Where did this stuff start and how do we stop it?
Director Marc Forster’s “World War Z,” which is based on Max Brook’s book brings to us a different type of Zombie. These aren’t the lumbering, comatose undead: These zombies look like they are jacked up on five-hour energy drinks. When they come after their victims, they spring upon their prey as a werewolf would. And when they come, they come in waves. It reminded me of when I was a kid and I would put a stick in a fire ant mound. The ants would come out in masses, climbing upon each other, aware that they have been penetrated by an intruder. This is the new supercharged Zombie. Viewers beware.
My Rating: 3 of 5 Coked up Zombies