World War Z (2013) – Encore Review 2

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

Number of Times Seen – 3 (4 Sep 2013, 2 Oct 2018 and 15 Mar 2020)

Link to original reviewHere and Here

Brief Synopsis – After a deadly virus outbreak affects the world, a World Heath Organization investigator is sent on a mission to try and find a cure to this new threat.

My Take on it – This is a film that I recall enjoying when I saw it beforehand and the current Corona Crisis gave me the urge to watch it again.

This film is quite well made and they do an amazing job depicting how rapid a virus can spread and eventually affect the entire population of the world.

This film has been in high demand due to recent events and it’s completely understandable as to why; this film has much in similar with everything going on (besides the Zombie aspects of course) 🙂

Brad Pitt does a wonderful job with this role and really helps make us believe everything that his character does.

Love the change of pace of zombie films and the decision to make them super fast instead of the usual slow movements because it adds so much to the suspense ad impact of things.

It also raises the stakes of the story while helping hings move along at a great pace.

This film’s biggest issue is the fact that none of the characters are developed well enough and even Pitt’s character feels a bit superficial.

This helps give the story move canon fodder for the Zombies but doesn’t give us much reason to care abut what happens along that journey.

Having lived in Israel for close to 30 years, I always love movies that somehow depict my home country and they do a nice job of things here.

The geographical shots are very incorrect yet the atmosphere on the ground is done really well.

This is a fun, well made zombie movie that has potential for more and has become even more relevant today than it was 7 years ago when it was made.

Bottom Line – Great film that does a spectacular job depicting how quickly a virus can affect the world population. Obviously this movie is in high demand right now due to the current Corona situation and it’s amazing how many similarities there are between them (besides the zombie aspect obviously).  Pitt does a fine job in the lead role and makes us believe his character.  The choice to have the Zombies super fast adds so much to the story and helps keep the pace of things moving really well which helps raise the stakes. The biggest problem of this film is the fact that the characters (even The lead) are not developed at all and they all feel far too superficial and like typical zombie canon fire.  I love the way that the film depicts my home country even if the scenes meant to be here in Israel are completely wrong geographically.  Still a really fun, well made and now very relevant film. Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Shooting in Malta for the Jerusalem scenes was a nightmare, with two film crews working side-by-side, hundreds of extras, and all sorts of minor costs escalating the budget. One day, shooting had to be delayed for several hours because the caterer hadn’t prepared enough food. When work in Malta finished, the wrap-up crew found a stack of purchase orders related to the cast and extras that had been casually tossed into a desk drawer and forgotten; the amount totalled in the millions of dollars. And all the while, the script still wasn’t finished, with work still being done on the third act. (From IMDB)

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


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