When it comes to the zombie genre I’m pretty much an inexperienced movie watcher. If I have to make a list of movies with zombies I’ve seen it is very short: Zombieland and Shaun of the Dead. I never understood the obsession with zombies but I have to admit that I really enjoyed the two movies I have seen about them. I scored both of them quite high. So now there is World War Z, which takes the concept of the zombie and gives it its own twist. These zombies are not the slow-moving undead you are used to, these are zombies with rabies, extremely quick and very aggressive as the opening of the movie quickly makes clear.
Gerry Lane (Brad Pitt) is a former UN employee who is enjoying family life with his wife and two daughters. When they get stuck in heave traffic there is sudden panic and people seem to have gone crazy. He quickly realises he’s dealing with a big threat to his family and has to defend them. He gets into contact with someone he knows from the UN who is willing to help him, but in return he will have to investigate the cause of the sudden outbreak. It’s a journey which brings him around the world.
World War Z is more an action movie than a horror/zombiefilm. There are tense situations and various attacks, but because of the aggression of the zombies it is a very exciting movie to watch. I have to say that the special effects here deserve to be mentioned as the shots of the zombie crowds really impressed me. The way each zombie reacts to the ones around them is impressive to see. The viciousness of them is awesome in my book as it makes them a very dangerous enemy and because of it is believable that this outbreak can spread extremely quick around the world. Brad Pitt is as solid as ever and I thought the movie really handled the relationship with his wife well, never too heavy-handed. The story moves along quickly and only really slows down towards the end, which I found slightly disappointing (it didn’t really go out with a big bang), but as there are talks about a sequel I can understand it. I would not mind a second movie as I had a blast watching this one.