What do members of UN do when zombies invade the planet? Just run around the planet, and inject yourself with lethal viruses which will kill yourself. That was what I thought, at least.
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That’s exactly what was mentioned in World War Z, and that is exactly what Gerry Lane (Brad Pitt) does to allow himself to return to his family, while also save his ass from a zombie who has a chance to kill him. It was a matter of life and death.
World War Z, at it’s core, is really a story for survival, how one UN investigator takes all sorts of risks to part with his family (he was actually forced to…) to save the world. In the end, everyone emerges from the film happily, and somehow, this film seems like it has overexaggerated certain elements. The first question I pose- how do the zombies even get on the plane right after the Jerusalem scene? The film, though, successfully allows the viewer to engage with the film well; to feel afraid when Gerry does, to feel nervous when he has to cross a long tunnel with several zombies, and more. This brings across the horror element really strongly, and one finds himself always at the edge of the seat at these junctures. However, every good film does come with its fair share of problems. And this one, too, falls under that category. This film indeed went through a really tough production time which saw its budget skyrocket, and the film was thrown with a lot of problems. This caused the entire third act, which was previously the original climax, to get thrown down the drain and replaced with the scene where Brad Pitt goes through the entire WHO Research Facility plagued by zombies. That was a bit problematic, as it did not provide the film with a needed climax. That makes me prefer the original climax much more, as it features a Russian attack, if I heard right. Instead, the film ended off with a quiet and long bang, which wasn’t really that exciting at all. The film however, has several up moments, and perhaps the most thrilling part lies in the Jerusalem segment, where Pitt has to escape from the sudden onslaught of zombies. And that brings about several questions. Why is it such a coincidence that when Gerry Lane’s character enter Jerusalem, that the people just start singing for no reason at all and cause the zombies to attack them? Why not do so days ago? That might be the problem with Hollywood blockbusters these days, always wanting to up the tension and excitement, and thus dumping the importance of realities. Why does Hollywood always want to create the most impossible scenarios sometimes? That might be a question I will further address in future posts.
Instead of straying away from the topic, let’s turn back to the film. The film indeed surprised me a lot more than I expected, as I have heard before the film premiered that this was a terrible film which was in a lot of mess. I embraced it, and it shocked me. One of the reasons was because we got to explore Gerry Lane’s character much more in depth, even though we have the occasional twists. Through the trips around the world, I got to explore and know more about his behaviour, his love for his family, and he is definitely one great character to empathize with. He was one of the main reasons why I loved this film so much, and why I left the theatre eyeing for more and feeling somewhat both happy and relieved. Unfortunately, due to the always changing set of people who tag along with him, exploration of the other characters, like his family and the injured Israeli soldier and the UN Deputy Secretary General, was generally lacking. One moment, we will be thrown with a new character, and the next, they will be dumped to ensure that the storyline continues. The next problem is that the film diverges a lot from the film, despite it supposedly having to be based on the book. However, this shouldn’t be treated like a big problem overall, as it is indeed hard to adapt a manual into a fixed story within a short span of 2 hours. The last problem, and perhaps one that only strikes me, would be the interpretation of zombies. It is definitely a game changer to suddenly see that zombies aren’t the norm that we have grown to expect- slow, stupid- and instead are fast, smart and coordinated species. But yet another question arises, which are hopefully hope the future installments can address more clearly- How did the zombies come about? And why are the zombies immune to people with viruses, diseases etc.?
Marc Foster brought this film a lot of trouble, yes, but it is difficult to not agree he also brought about one of the most thrilling zombie movies in recent history, going straight into the main question- what does it feel like in a age where zombies suddenly invade into our lives? The ending was controversial, but I am glad that it left a lot of room for more development to take place in the future. The film successfully brings into reality the unpreparedness and hysteria brought about by a sudden change in lifestyle. And a sudden moment where we all have to leave our comfort zones and face the worst. This film is definitely a decent film, and perhaps a masterpiece, which is probably one of the best and most realistic zombie films you will ever get to see in theatres for quite some time. And that is no joke.
VERDICT: Surprisingly enjoyable, this film brings across it’s themes clearly and brings into question some of human’s most important problems.
SCORE: 86/100- Definitely enjoyable, and should be caught in cinemas. However, for those who are money-conscious, the visuals can be given a miss, and home theatre systems should also be able to bring about the excitement. However, the bigger the screen, the more afraid and thrilling it becomes. Check back soon for reviews on The Last Stand, White House Down and more!