Directed by Marc Forster, World War Z is an apocalyptic horror film which follows United Nations employee Gerry Lane (Brad Pitt). Based on the 2006 novel of the same name by Max Brooks, Gerry is forced to travel the world in a race against time to stop the Zombie pandemic that is toppling armies and governments, and threatening to destroy humanity itself, leaving behind his wife Karin (Mireille Enos) and their two children.
World War Z was a film I think everybody was hoping to be blown away by this year. Fortunately I never really had much anticipation for it, and thank God.
I’ve said it before, but we all like our zombie films differently – some full of horror and gore, others with a pinch of comedy. Personally, I like mine to make me think about what I would do if I was faced with a zombie invasion myself; just the sense of fear is enough to persuade me.
Unfortunately, World War Z lacked almost all of that fear, a large part of this being because it didn’t focus on the family at the centre of the story as much as the trailers made it out to. Instead, it was all about Brad Pitt. Whilst I enjoyed the story, bringing something new to the zombie genre in its own way, I don’t think Pitt’s character was able to hold the film well enough on his own, as most of the film relied on.
Making for only a decent zombie action with a few brilliantly shot scenes and a couple of nail-biting situations, let’s just say I’m glad I wasn’t excited to see this beforehand.