Review: World War Z Snatches Victory from the Jaws of Defeat

"Last one in the chopper is a zombie! Oh, wait..."
“Last one in the chopper is a zombie! Oh, wait…”

Considering how problematic was the shooting of World War Z (budget wildly out of control, third act scrapped and re-shot), the outcome is surprisingly strong, if not memorable.

Based on the excellent book by Max Brooks, World War Z only bears a passing resemblance to the text. Mostly gone are the sociopolitical undertones that gave the novel notoriety (although readers get to find out what happened to the North Koreans). Also absent, the gore: Director Marc Forster and producer/star Brad Pitt had to deliver a PG movie for Paramount to distribute, and gallons of blood and innards would have been counterproductive.

Despite the handicap, Forster and Pitt suck you into the movie and ramp up the tension effectively. Almost all set-pieces work remarkably, much like a video game (Stage one: Philadelphia. Stage two: South Korea. Stage three: Israel). The zombies are 28 Days Later-fast and are not as much into eating brains as in spreading the infection. Continue reading “Review: World War Z Snatches Victory from the Jaws of Defeat”