To say that World War Z was a bad film would be an understatement. The film is completely void of attention and passion and is as functional as a used diaper. The characters lack any discernible qualities or traits and the film bumbles along without a care in the world - which is ironic given the storyline.
The only possible place for me to start in this review is with Brad Pitt who is essentially the only character in the film. Everyone else is disposable, yet we are supposed to care for them for upwards of 15 minutes at a time. In that frame of mind though, there’s no real reason to care about Brad Pitt who travels from backdrop to backdrop moving the storyline along in a completely linear fashion until the last 15 minutes of the film. Every location he travels to begins the exact same sequence of events: Brad Pitt arrives > a careless mistake and/or completely avoidable circumstance occurs > Zombies swarm and things explode > Brad Pitt leaves. This occurs no less than 6 times in the film, and each time is the exact same.
The film tries to do something interesting with the behaviour of the zombies (which is more in line with 28 Weeks Later - as a “rage virus” vs. decomposing corpses), and I’ve read in numerous interviews that the intention was to have the zombies behave like infected bugs, guided by intuition and swarming to survive. The concept is interesting and unlike any other zombie behaviour I’ve seen in a film before - but there’s a reason for it. It’s inconsistent. Zombies go from shambling along to full-on sprinting across football fields at the drop of a hat. The computer-generated effects are also jarring. It often feels like a George Lucas film, with Brad Pitt alone on a sound stage covered in blue screen.
World War Z is not a good film. It’s riddled with plot holes and inconsistencies and may possibly be the most cliché and boring zombie film I’ve ever seen. It does not come highly recommended, but the book does. Go buy the book instead, which has nothing to do with the film at all aside from a name.
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This is a good review and I agree completely! There are a lot of things that try to be interesting, but really fall flat, especially with the inescapable comparison to the amazing book it’s ‘based’ on. My favourite part is when he adopts that random kid who is super ok with his family dying and then he is never mentioned again. For no reason. Good job, Brad Pitt.