Nerdlocker Movie Review: World War Z


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Nerdlocker has been reporting on World War Z for a few years now. As a fan of the novel, I could not get enough press on the project; even negative press and World War Z has had its fair share of negative press. It was sometime last year I remember reading about certain actors having issues with the direction of the film and eventually re-writes were ordered. At the time, my own opinion of the project was becoming faltered due to some over the top shots that were leaked. Essentially, it seemed like it was becoming more of a 2012 flop then the zombie epic I had been hoping for. I’m here to clarify, as much as the trailers make this movie look shitty, it’s not!
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World War Z follows Gerry Lane (Brad Pitt), an ex-United Nations representative who’s given up his career for his family, only to end up smack dab in the middle of an epidemic. He’s offered shelter during the downfall of humanity by who we are to assume is an old friend from the UN. Upon reaching safety, he is recruited to head the investigation to find the source of whatever virus has plagued the entire planet. People are turning into relentless rage machines in a matter of seconds and then using every muscle in their body to spread the infection. It is left up to him to locate the origin and come up with a way to cure as well as neutralize the pathogen. This is his responsibility because if he chooses to refuse, the protection for him and his family that the Government has offered will be revoked. So if you aren’t keeping score on contrasts to the novel by Max Brooks, we are at a fat 0 comparisons. This movie carries over the title, and that is just about it.
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Marc Forster directs the movie with a certain archetypal feeling to it. He’s done a wide array of film genres yet pulls off a mid-apocalypse story fairly well. He was able to use his experience with action on films such as Machine Gun Preacher or Quantum Of Solace but adds a sort of deep and somber tone at the same time. What is more interesting to me is that comic writer J. Michael Straczynski assisted in adapting the screen story from the novel. He was part of a team of 5 writers including Matthew Michael Carnahan, Damon Lindelof, and Drew Goddard to adapt the screenplay for the big screen. Regardless of the fact that re-writes were ordered for the finale of the film, I think this team produced one hell of a working story in its eventual release.
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Even though a screen story was selected rather than an honest straight forward adaptation, this movie does not fall too short of being the zombie flick I’ve been waiting almost ten years for. I have been waiting for Zack Snyder to return to the horror genre since Dawn Of The Dead, but World War Z is a happy substitute. The performances start out a little unbelievable (how are they so calm when explosions start going off in the middle of the city), but all the action kicks in and we are instructed to just keep moving along. Once the 3D kicks in, all doubts are put on the back burner, because for the first time, I can say that the 3D experience is well worth the extra money. Lunging zombies flinging blood at you makes for one nail biting emprise while you try and figure out the origin of the virus alongside Brad Pitt and it really just felt like I was back at the arcade playing House Of The Dead.
Some of the cast was pretty much useless with regards to impact but the ending conflict really does a good job of making you forget any holes in the plot. If for no other reason, you should see this movie because it is the first zombie film that exists in a world conscious of undead culture. Which is a concept I’ve always found could be very interesting on the big screen. Thankfully Brad Pitt thought so too and made it his personal mission to get this story produced. It is his unrelenting devotion to the project that kept me interested along all the negative press. For being the biggest surprise of my summer, I give World War Z 4 out of 5 Nerdskulls.


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BobbyD

I'm a man of tomorrow still holding onto the joys of yesterday. I miss Nick cartoons, and Power Rangers but I cant get enough of the Time Lords, and Serial Killers we have now. My many distractions include computers, movies, comics, and I like to imagine my life story would be scored with a mixture of Death Cab, A3, and a lot of Kid Cudi. We've entered the Geekological Revolution. A time of Vulcan Death Grips, drinks with friends on Tatooine, and attempting to build a freeze ray. Things have changed, muscle headed bullies. The Nerds rule the world now, and we reign SUPREME!