Flash Movie Review: World War Z

Evolution may not be working in our favor after all. So many times I have heard, the only thing that will still be around centuries from now will be insects–cockroaches in particular. With an increased threat coming from newly discovered super bacteria and aggressive diseases, one has to wonder how safe mankind will be on this planet. I have already taken precautions by not letting anyone use my pen or telephone and I avoid all salad bars and buffets. Now according to this movie there is an even bigger threat to all of us. In one of the better suspenseful openings I have seen in an action movie, I was swept up into the drama of this story. Brad Pitt (Killing Them Softly, Moneyball) played United Nations investigator Gerry Lane. About to take a road trip with his wife Karin, played by Mirelle Enos (Gangster Squad, The Killing-TV), and their two children; Gerry would have to abandon them when Assistant Secretary General Thierry Umutoni, played by Fana Mokoena (Hotel Rwanda, Safe House), requested Gerry’s help in tracking down the source of the zombie attack on Philadelphia. Brad was very good playing a stoic, older action figure persona in this adventure film. The other stand out for me was Daniella Kertesz (Loving Anna-TV, Ha-Emet Ha’Eroma-TV) as Segen, the soldier assigned to protect Gerry. In the beginning of the movie, I found the special effects incredible as this constant tidal wave of zombies came across the movie screen. The surprise was how the director kept up the tension and suspense without the need of blood and gore, to scare the audience. Unfortunately, a film cannot sustain itself without a solid story and here was the wink link. I never really understood what Gerry had done for the United Nations that led him to be their “go to” man. The world aspect of this story was great, but there was no depth; it started to become one chase scene after another, after another. I heard the book was quite different then this movie. Also, the ending had to be re-written and reshot. It appeared as a lead-in for a sequel. The use of scientific logic in this film was a brilliant idea…and a scary one at the same time. There were a couple of brief scenes with blood.

 

2 3/4 stars

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From a long line of movie afficionados, one brother was the #1 renter of movies in the country with Blockbuster, I am following in the same traditions that came before me. To balance out the long hours seated in dark movie theaters, I also teach yoga and cycling. For the past 3 years, I have correctly picked the major Oscar winners... so join me as we explore the wonder of movies and search for that perfect 4 star movie.

Posted on June 25, 2013, in Fantasy/Sci-Fi and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 9 Comments.

  1. Just watched the movie and loved it. Brad Pitt was really n9thing special as a UN investigator. But to so many places he had been to, dangerous places, he always survived. He was a survivor. he was actually summoned to accompany the young scientist, but , well, you know what happened.

  2. This movie was shot in my country Malta πŸ™‚ Can’t wait to go and watch it

  3. Just saw the movie yesterday. Brad Pitt seemed lackluster (but Daniella Kertesz made up for that). The story was totally uncohesive and nothing like the book, but hey, it WAS fun! :^D

  4. I found it to be entertaining but flawed.

  5. I just saw this a couple of nights ago. I would have replied yesterday but our power went out and so did my wi-fi along with that. Me and my husband really enjoyed it, though! Yes, I could not figure out why Gerry (Brad Pitt) was so important but it was a good thriller movie to watch with lots of suspense. I have no problem with “eye-candy” action thrillers that will help pass the time before lights out! πŸ™‚

    • Thanks for telling me; I am glad you enjoyed this thriller. And the eye candy comment is duly noted; I will keep it mind so I can give you a heads up. lol Thanks for the comments.

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