Friday, June 21 2013, 12:23 PM MDT
Movie Review: World War Z
3.5 out of 5 Stars
Director: Marc Forster
Starring: Brad Pitt, Mireille Enos, Daniella Kertesz
Genre: Action, Drama, Horror
Recommended To: Those looking for a decent zombie flick that bypasses the gore and amps up the CGI mayhem.
Synopsis: Gerry Lane (Brad Pitt), a former United Nations operative, is pulled from retirement when a zombie pandemic breaks out across the globe.
Review: Max Brook’s novel World War Z was a mix of great ideas and mediocre writing. For better or worse the film has nearly nothing to do with Brook’s narrative beyond sharing its title and involving zombies. Instead the film is essentially a vehicle to showcase its star: Brad Pitt. In all fairness the film is a fairly intelligent action film, but it isn’t the movie that it could have been. Lost is the political and social commentary and the occasional stroke of genius that made the novel worth plodding through. The film isn’t scary; it is practically bloodless and features the sort of plot that practically moves without the protagonist ever really having to make any choices. The few scenes of mass destruction are visually impressive but feel like empty cinematic carnage. There’s no soul amongst the chaos.
World War Z is an entertaining popcorn film, but like all of this summer’s blockbusters it doesn’t amaze from start to finish. Had they worked in a few of the more original aspects of the novel it could have felt fresh and unique. As it is it just feels too safe to be celebrated.
-Ryan Michael Painter