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Review of the Movie "World War Z"

Updated on June 11, 2014

"World War Z" Movie Poster

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Quote from "Story Line of 'World War Z'"

"Zombies? Check.

Brad Pitt? Check.

Plenty of CGI Special Effects? Check."

Rating for "World War Z"

4 stars for World War Z

Story Line of "World War Z"

Zombies? Check.

Brad Pitt? Check.

Plenty of CGI Special Effects? Check.

Alright this is a flick where zombies are taking over the world after being spread by a virus. (Sound familiar?) Brad Pitt's character works for the United Nations. He lives with his family and they appear to be a happy family. One day they are driving and get stuck in traffic. A zombie virus has just started to take effect. The family is forced to flee and fight off the zombies from infecting them. His family robs an abandoned supermarket for supplies. The entire gets turned upside down and no one cares about stealing or harming one another. Brad Pitt's character, Gerry, along with the rest of the United Nations employees search out a cure for the virus to stop the zombies from taking over the world.

This story has been done before, but I do like this version a lot. It shows people not just succumbing and panicking to a zombie epidemic. It shows people realizing they must find a cure as soon as possible and they jump to it immediately.

Zombies attacking a helicopter in "World War Z"

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Characters of "World War Z"

Brad Pitt and his family are the central people in the first part of the movie that you see. You watch how they deal with the devastation and their fear as seemingly everyday people might. You see how the children deal with it. One of his daughters seems to suffer from really serious asthma and has a panic attack and needs her meds so they have to find a pharmacy to get some. The other daughter is younger and wants her blanket or her stuffed animal. In some ways I felt that the daughters were a little annoying, yet the daughters and the wife are there to humanize the story and to make you want Brad Pitt to survive. Brad Pitt is pretty good in this movie. He doesn't overdramatize and is pretty quiet in the movie. You only really see what's on his mind through his eyes. His pain, his fear, his anger, his frustration. It's all played out with his eyes and expressions. My only question about him is his hair. I doubt someone who works for the United Nations would have a Jesus hair and beard. Maybe they would and I just wasn't aware of it though.

Once he gets on the search for a cure his crew that works with him to find it all were really good characters as well. I think all the actors did an excellent job.

Special Effects of "World War Z"

There's a LOT of special effects in this movie. They're used well and creatively and shockingly. The mass of zombie bodies trying to scale a wall or grab onto a helicopter was outstanding. It was creepy and a very different sort of scene than I've ever seen before with using CGI. All of the zombies that are CGI are done very realistically. It's hard to tell what's CGI really at times because they did a smooth job.

"World War Z" Movie Poster

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Who Will Enjoy "World War Z"

People who like a good zombie, end of the world, action type movie will enjoy "World War Z". It has blood, gore, fighting, grossly designed zombies, and people setting zombies on fire. If any of that doesn't appeal to you you won't like it, yet if you love that sort of thing than this is the movie for you. It's rated PG-13, but I think it ought to have received a R rating. Some 13 year olds would be fine seeing it, but if you have a sensitive kid this wouldn't be good for them to see. Please parents consider what your kid is watching! It's good to know what your kid can handle or not. One of the most disturbing scenes involved an attempted rape by two men who were still unaffected by the virus but seized the opportunity of mass hysteria to attack a woman. This is realistic of the situation at hand but may frighten younger viewers, perhaps even more than the zombie scenes as those characters were in complete control of their actions and weren't infected zombies doing something monstrous like that to another human being.

Some similar movies to "World War Z" are: "I Am Legend", "War of the Worlds", and "2012". So if you enjoyed those flicks you'd likely enjoy "World War Z". "World War Z" was even better than all of these movies though in my opinion.

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    • Shinzuu Katame profile image

      Shinzuu Katame 

      4 years ago from Maine, USA

      Oh, please don't misunderstand. It was not a flop at the box office by far. It was a flop for fans of the genre and set production of movies in the same genre.

    • Nicole Hering profile imageAUTHOR

      Nicole Kristine 

      4 years ago from MN

      It wasn't a flop. It made back it's losses and is the highest grossing Brad Pitt movie. It had a 190 mil budget and at present worldwide it's made 540 mil according to Imdb. Thanks for your comment and opinion!

    • Shinzuu Katame profile image

      Shinzuu Katame 

      4 years ago from Maine, USA

      While the concept of the story was wonderful, the execution of the movie, in my opinion, was horrible. They tried to do so much with such a low budget, the zombies looked so obviously fake throughout the entire movie. Plus, the fact that we're talking about one of two "zombie" movies that are rated PG-13.

      Making a sub-genre like zombies into a more "family friendly" movie is going to have 2 negative repercussions.

      1) Desensitizes younger viewers to the horror genre, depreciating its value as something that might one day become commonplace and can affect the growth of a child.

      2) It will end up killing the sub-genre.

      While I have nothing against you, the actors and the concept, the movie itself was just a flop, and a big blow to the zombie movie industry. Thanks to this movie, the production of zombie movies dropped drastically, even down to the b-movie listings. Warm Bodies just kinda ended up being the gunpowder to this bullet that delayed even Resident Evil's production by 2 years.

      Personally, I give it a 3/10, all points going to story and cast.

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