The zombie craze remains in full swing way longer than most thought it would so it surprises no one when a new film comes along. It’s not often that we get one on the big budget scale with star power like the latest World War Z starring Brad Pitt. There was tons of reports of problems on the set, budget issues, and reshoots which usually causes a lot of concern with how the finished product will come across. The trailers looked a lot of fun, but at the same time the CGI filled action felt almost like a prequel to I Am Legend and could go horribly wrong if not handled properly. Could this film deliver on the scale they hope for or will it feel like a war trying to get through it?
World War Z follows an ex-United Nations employee who traverses the world in a race to stop the Zombie pandemic that is quickly taking over governments and threatening to destroy humanity itself. With all the issues surrounding this movie you would think it would end up a complete mess, but surprisingly it is pretty fun. Not sure it follows the popular book all-that close, but it is a pretty entertaining movie. Let’s be honest, at PG-13 you already know there isn’t all that much of the classic gory zombie fare, but instead something that resembles more of a cross between 28 Days Later and the Crazies, mixed with a touch of Zero Dark Thirty. It doesn’t take long to get things going and once they do it manages to keep the intensity pretty high throughout. This plays more like an action film with some crazed zombie-esque type characters that are in full on rage virus mode. While there is a lot of CGI most of it actually works pretty well for what they are trying to pull off thanks to them sticking to the more wide epic shots and using mostly practical effects and actors for the close-ups. The actors that get the chance to be some of the more stand out zombies do an excellent job delivering some creepy mannerisms that really adds a unique and bizarre behavior twist to this take on the zombies.
These days we don’t get a lot of Pitt doing anything but more dramas or artsy films, but he is really great at these types of films and does a great job here. This was a missed opportunity to really push the boundaries and deliver a scary gory big budget zombie film, but it’s also understandable trying to appeal to a bigger audience with the scope and Pitt’s involvement. This film may not be the zombie flick fans want, but it is a great intense big budget popcorn action horror-ish film that is sure to entertain. Just go in, shut off your brain and have a fun time. In addition to the theatrical version of the film, this Blu-ray also features a new unrated cut of the film as wells as behind the scenes featurettes.
Be sure to grab your copy when it hits shelves on September 17th.