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Movie Review: World War Z
by Adam Elliot,posted Jun 24 2013 11:32AM
It's always good advice to stay sharp and keep your eyes peeled. As one character says in World War Z, you never know, the most inconsequential things can be the most important.
To that guy, I say "thanks a lot!" It made me spend most of my time watching World War Z, looking for specific details that would bring light to the plot.
Set in modern times, former United Nations' employee Gerry Lane (Brad Pitt) is faced with the task of finding a solution to a worldwide zombie outbreak. What's worse is that he's not dealing with slow creeping hordes of walkers as in the show The Walking Dead. Nope, he's dealing with speedy, nimble, hungry, leaping rage filled zombes as featured in the 28 Days Later series. Make sure you lace those running shoes up.
World War Z is smartly played out with a tension that sustains the nearly 2 hour running time. It's not bloody, brain eating wall to wall zombie action, but rather a easy blend of drama and action with a soft end.
What I really like is that those who survive in this movie do so because they are survivors who pay attention to thier surrounding. They act and react to it, just like how one would survive in nature. Brains always beats brawn.
I read that Director Mark Foster observed ant populations in determining the movement and flow of his creatures. The image above relays that thought.
Look close to see Matthew Fox in his latest role and keep an eye on Mirelle Enos who plays the wife of our hero. Her lead role in AMC's The Killing is captivating and this film just makes me want to see more of her work.
Also note in the trailer, the family's game of 20 Questions could easily describe the pending zombie outbreak. See, I was paying too close attention to the details.