Review by Chase Burgess
‘”World War Z” is loosely based off of the Max Brook’s novel of the same name. I use the term “loosely” because only one character from the book makes an appearance in the film. The film follows former UN investigator Gerry Lane (Brad Pitt) as he scours the globe, searching for a cure to the virus that is turning people into ravenous zombies.
Although the movie clocks in at just under two hours, the action starts nearly as soon as the movie begins and rarely lets up until the credits begin rolling. Like the super-human like antagonist of the film, the action is fast paced and intense.
Director Marc Forster relies heavily on CGI for his zombie hoards as they scale walls and rush through cities like a wave of undead.
As for character development, there is none to really speak of. One of the most frustrating aspects of the film is the decision-making of Pitt’s character. Multiple times throughout the film, we see Lane make decisions that lead to other characters being killed.
The musical score adds to the ambiance of desperate times. Seeing cities in ruin from the view of a helicopter while Marco Beltrami’s score plays in the background sets the tone for the film.
If you enter this movie expecting Max Brooks’ World War Z, you will be disappointed. However, if you enter the film expecting an action-packed zombie thriller, your money will be well-spent. “World War Z” is a two-hour thrill ride. Overall, the movie is great and is a must-see for any fans of the zombie genre.