WORLD WAR Z
With Brad Pitt, Mireille Enos, Daniella Kertesz, Ludi Boeken, James Badge Dale, Fana Mokoena
Written by Matthew Michael Carnahan, Drew Goddard, Damon Lindelof, J. Michael Straczynski (based on the book by Max Brooks)
Directed by Marc Forster
The zombie movie has come a long way since Bela Lugosi and George A. Romero. Even though he doesn't see it as a zombie film, Danny Boyle's 28 Days Later took the genre into a whole new direction (not to mention the highly popular Walking Dead series). In many ways the pretty radical and shocking idea of the rotting dead rising to feed on human flesh has become socially acceptable. I'm sure kids' zombie parties are as becoming as commonplace as pirate themes (the murder, raping and pillaging stripped from the pirate's code making it fun, and as pint-sized undead, eating jellies as substitute for human flesh...!).
I never got to read Brooks' book, but a friend who did the audio book hardly recognized anything when I gave him a quick synopsis of the movie... But that's how it goes in bringing a story from paper to screen - artistic, financial considerations and keeping an audience's attention with enough excitement, action and drama to justify paying Pitt's fee...
I found this to be a very effective blend of drama and zombie action, with some scenes extremely tense and other fright tactics actually having my viewing partner scream out loud(!) Hardcore zombie fans may want a bit more gore, but there was a deliberate decision on the production's part not to have rivers of blood (in fact eliminating red altogether). Pitt was a good choice for the hero in whose hands lie the hope of human survival.
As is so often the case, there was no reason to release this movie in 3D (except to make some extra money from the increased ticket price). A few scenes make it effective, but as always, it merely adds a little perspective and nothing more.
The Return Of The Living Dead Trilogy
The Living Dead Re-Makes
28 Days & -Weeks Later
The Resident Evil movies
5 - Blistering
4 - Hot
3 - Smolder
2 - Room Temperature
1 - Fizzled
0 - Extinguished