Thursday, July 18, 2013

World War Z (2013)

Director: Marc Forster. Cast: Brad Pitt, Mireille Enos, Daniella Kertesz, David Morse. 115 min. Rated PG-13. USA/Malta. Action/Horror.

The world is plagued by an epidemic of "fast" zombies, and while people die by the thousands ... everybody makes sure Brad Pitt stays alive. Don't get me wrong: this is two hours of heart-pounding suspense. But that's all it is - two hours of heart-pounding suspense. As opposed to many zombie movies, there's almost no take home message here. Danny Boyle did a much better job with the exact same material in 28 Days Later, which conveyed some dark concepts about human nature. But no, Brad Pitt is too valuable to lose.

PS #1: Here's the story of how the movie's entire ending was re-written and re-shot.

PS #2: Insane how many apocalyptic movies have been out this year so far (After Earth, Oblivion, This is the End, World War Z, Pacific Rim), and there's more to come (Elysium, Ender's GameThe Hunger Games: Catching Fire ...).

Mo says:


  1. A friend half-jokingly noted that it was funny how the movie sort of justified the wall-building in Israel, and blamed the Palestinians for making noise that let the zombies in!

    1. I got the EXACT same impression. The only country that was immune to the zombie attack was Israel ... just because they had a wall.

      The ending of the romantic zombie movie "Warm Bodies" gives the same impression, but I don't want to spoil the ending. Again, amazing how some of these themes are flowing among movies.