2013 / Director. Marc Forster.
Some details may be considered spoilers, however no crucial plot developments have been ruined.
I don't get to the cinema as often as most people. I have a great home theatre set-up that I prefer watching films at home... but occasionally there are some flicks that need the big screen experience. World War Z is the new zombie apocalypse movie starring Brad Pitt. The film hits the ground running with one of the fastest, most ferocious zombie outbreaks you're likely to have seen. From the get go this is a whip-cracking film and it barely takes a breather. Unfortunately (for me) it's basically 'zombies for beginners'. This is soft core horror... At 116 minutes there isn't ANY blood. I'm serious... there is NO BLOOD! There is no flesh being eaten. There are barely any hallmarks of a good zombie movie. Every time something gruesome is about to happen, the camera flinches away. I was prepared to accept the lack of bloodshed in return for a smart tactical military story but no such reward. $200 million dollars was spent on this film and that really baffles me. Danny Boyle was able to shoot 28 Days Later (basically the same movie) for only $5M and his was an intense, gruesome and intelligent film. World War Z is overly ambitious and definitely had too much money poured into it. The herds of zombies look animated, as though watching a video game and the movie provides us with too many aerial shots as if to boast how "big" it is. The film also suffered various production nightmares with the entire 3rd act being re-written several times. In typical bullshit studio fashion they ignored the creative minds and decided that a new ending was needed, resulting in the film ending abruptly and conveniently. I felt like the writers ended up saying "fuck it, we're done" and where most of the film at least flows fluently, the finale is a slap-bang job... Director Marc Forster ended up losing a lot of control due to studio interference and I would be really keen to see a director's cut. This movie can still be saved! Anyhow If I remove myself from being a horror fanatic, I might be able to muster some faint praise for the movie but that's like saying Twilight is good. This is a genre film for softies and that may be it's one saving grace. This could be a gateway movie for people... World War Z might give some a taste for the genre and if they end up searching for more then the rest of us can direct them towards stuff like Dawn of the Dead and Zombieland. Having said all of that, this movie did actually bring me a huge amount of joy. We took our two kids to see it (11 & 14) and it scared the absolute shit out of them... excellent!