Genre Guesstimation – World War Z (2013) – Encore Review


The idea behind this feature (Genre Guesstimation) is for me to watch a bunch of new movies (or ones that I haven’t seen many times) from the chosen monthly GG genre in order to expand my knowledge of movies within that particular genre.

This month’s Genre has been chosen by Darren of Movie Reviews 101 and it is Zombie Films

Please get me your submissions by the 25th of Oct by sending them to zombiedarren@movierob.net

Try to think out of the box!

Let’s see if I felt that this movie would be worthy of being in the company of my others favorite movies in the genre of Zombie Films.

“Every person we save is one less zombie to fight. ” – Jurgen Warmbrunn

Number of Times Seen – 2 (4 Sep 2013 and 2 Oct 2018)

Link to original reviewHere

Brief Synopsis – A former UN employee is sent on a mission to try and discover what is causing a strange epidemic that is turning people into Zombies worldwide.

My Take on it – As a fan of Zombie films, I was quite interested in rewatching this film since it’s been over five years since I’ve seen it and my knowledge of the genre has been enriched in the intervening years.

This film does a great job giving an alternate look and feel to the idea of a Zombie threat.

The choice to make the creatures more animated and super – fast adds to the danger feel of it all and helps raise the stakes even higher.

The film takes a look at the epidemic from a global perspective which helps show that this isn’t just an isolated incident and we see how things can spiral along quite quickly as things spread in rapid succession.

Brad Pitt does a fine job in the lead role even if the plot doesn’t care much to develop any of the characters which helps make everyone susceptible to being infected without the viewer caring much which is both a plus and a minus along the way.

Loved seeing my hometown of Jerusalem featured in this story even if the get a lot of the geography and they constantly mix up much of the physical locations.

The way that the zombies in this film are able to climb over one another like a ladder is an ingenious idea and works due to the fast way that the un-dead move in this movie and gives a unique feel to the way that they portray things here.

Can’t wait to see what they plan to do for the sequel to this film that has been in Development Hell for quite some time but there are rumors that it will eventually be made.

Bottom Line – Great take on the Zombie theme. Love how the Creatures are animated really well and move super-fast. The global aspects of the story work really well and make us see how such an epidemic can easily spread so quickly over the entire world.  Pitt is quite good in the lead role even though the story doesn’t care to spend much time developing any of its characters which makes the viewer care much less as to what will happen to each of them as things move along.  Loved seeing my hometown portrayed in this film eventhough they get so much wrong geographical and mix up the physical places too much. The way that the Zombies are able to create ladders by climbing over themselves is an ingenious idea for the un-dead to partake in and it helps make this film quite unique on what it manages to do.  Can’t wait to see what they have planned for the sequel to this film (if it ever manages to get out of development Hell.) Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – The Israeli Military Intelligence Directorate does indeed have a devil’s advocate office to explore alternative assumptions and worst-case scenarios so intelligence assessments doesn’t fall victim to “group think”, but it is not called the 10th Man Doctrine. (From IMDB)

Genre Grandeur Worthy? – Comes really close. This is a great twist on zombie films but the main characters aren’t developed well enough for us to care what happens to them.

Rating – Globe Worthy (8/10) (no change from original review)

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3 thoughts on “Genre Guesstimation – World War Z (2013) – Encore Review

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