By Frans Snackers
World War Z provides the viewer with a convincing depiction of a “zombie” apocalypse, which spreads like wildfire around the entire globe. From the moment it starts, it fills its viewers with excitement and horror as the events in the film develop.
In World War Z, we follow Gerry Lane (Brad Pitt), a former United Nations investigator, who has been called out of retirement by his former employer to find a cure for the infection that is reaping death and destruction on a world wide scale. One moment, he is driving to drop off his wife, Karen (Mireille Enos), and children, when the next moment all hell breaks loose. Narrowly escaping the streets of Philadelphia, they are dropped off on a Aircraft Carrier where Gerry is confronted with a choice: accept the mission of finding a cure, or being dropped off on shore somewhere again. To keep his family safe, Gerry accepts and sets out on a investigation which leads him to the ends of the earth, and its former inhabitants…
While the film has some elements that did not seem very logical, for example making a phone call to someone who is in the middle of zombie-infested territory, the overall feel of the film is very realistic. This is not only due to a sound performance of Brad Pitt and his supporting cast, but also because of the manner in which the infected act. They shake, clack their teeth and jerk into motion in a very convincing manner. The way the actors literally throw themselves at their prey, seemingly without regards for their own safety, truly adds to the thrilling feel of the film.
As good as the performances of the actors are, they are evenly matched, or even surpassed, by the stunning special effects and CGI. Never in the film does it seem that the vast hordes of the infected are, in fact, animated, not even when they are jumping off buildings. And even though the film is riddled with CGI and other special effects, never does it seem overused, as we see ever so often in films that are as action packed as this. No redundant explosions of cars that are seemingly filled with some kind of C4, nor blood gushing out of people as if they are carrying round an infinite supply of the sticky red stuff. All in all, it adds to an increased sense of realism in the film.
World War Z had a lot of expectations to live up to. Luckily, for the producers and the viewers alike, it does. The film sets the bar quite a bit higher for similar productions and shows that there is a market for big scale zombie-apocalypse films. After you watch World War Z, you’ll be waiting for the sequel as eagerly as I am.
Release Date: June 21, 2013
Running time: 116 minutes
Director: Marc Forster
Starring: Brad Pitt, Mireille Enos, Fana Mokoena, Daniella Kertesz