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World War Z (2013)

World War Z (2013) review

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.

World War Z (2013) review

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 (2013) review

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.

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  • ckckred says:

    Nice review. I expected this to be a train wreck due to the production problems, but I’ve heard enough good stuff about it to make me want to check it out on DVD.

    September 17, 2013 at 12:30 am
    • Nostra says:

      I had not followed the issues it had during production so I was expecting to like it, but it went above my expectations. I’m sure you will be able to enjoy it!

      September 18, 2013 at 6:42 am
  • le0pard13 says:

    One of my pleasant surprises this summer movie season. Will pick up the Blu-ray for my collection.

    September 17, 2013 at 12:50 am
    • Nostra says:

      It is nice when a movie manages to surprise you and this one definitely did!

      September 18, 2013 at 6:43 am
  • Mark Walker says:

    Nice one Nostra! I just recently viewed this one myself and I second your opinion. I had a blast with this and can’t wait for more.

    September 17, 2013 at 1:21 am
    • Nostra says:

      Yeah, it is a cool movie and I’m sure I will rewatch this soon.

      September 18, 2013 at 6:45 am
  • Dan O. says:

    Pretty dumb, but also pretty fun as well. And during the summer, that’s all I wanted and needed. Good review Nostra.

    September 17, 2013 at 4:44 am
    • Nostra says:

      It is a comedy and provides lots of laughs and great action. Thanks!

      September 18, 2013 at 6:47 am
  • Threerowsback says:

    Nicely reviewed. I wasn’t as enthusiastic as yourself and found it more of a missed opportunity. There were, however, some pretty impressive moments. I guess you know about the rewrites and reshoots of the last act which is why it feels a bit tacked on and not in keeping with the rest of the film. That being said I kinda liked the last act.

    September 17, 2013 at 7:28 am
    • Nostra says:

      I didn’t know anything about rewrites an reshoots until after I saw the movie and reading about it in other reviews afterwards I can explain the change of pace in the last part of the movie. Although I had no problems with it, it was a tense situation. Only thing which annoyed me was the Pepsi product placement :)

      September 18, 2013 at 6:51 am
  • Zoë says:

    I watched this movie this weekend, and it was not that bad. Not too clued on the zombie genre?! WHY? :P Check out Dawn of the Dead, one of the very finest, in my opinion!

    September 17, 2013 at 9:17 am
    • Nostra says:

      Why? Because I’m not big on horror and never understood what’s so cool about slow moving undead people :) I’ll add Dawn of the Dead to my “to watch” list.

      September 18, 2013 at 6:53 am
  • Fumi says:

    I would have to say that there were two elements I liked of the movie: the last scene with Gerry in the lab and the Israeli soldier. The soldier added a depth to the movie because she was the human side of it when she was stricken with the disease and saved. And the lab scene was as suspenseful as that Mission Impossible 1 scene in the vault, hanging from the ceiling.

    I did like the movie. And no, I don’t understand the whole zombie-love thing either.

    September 18, 2013 at 5:28 am
    • Nostra says:

      Yeah, it was a tense situation in that lab. I also liked that bit with the Israeli soldier although I had the feeling parts of it had been cut and the relationship between the two was stronger because something more had happened, but I might be wrong.

      Glad to hear other people don’t understand the love for zombies either Fumi! ;)

      September 18, 2013 at 6:56 am
  • Rodney says:

    I really liked this film – I thought the zombie effects were really creepy and cool (I like fast zombies over slow ones) and I think the way the film zeroed down from Big Epic Apocalypse to Small Tense Corridor Running was really neat, and totally unexpected for a tentpole blockbuster.

    I think I gave it an 8 in my review too, so we’re on the same page here.

    September 18, 2013 at 8:29 am
    • Nostra says:

      Yeah, the change of pace was something I did not expect either but like I said in another comment, it worked for me.

      Nice to see we are on the same page Rodney!

      September 18, 2013 at 1:05 pm
  • Tim The Film Guy says:

    Hmm, haven’t been getting your posts for a while. Sorry about that. Surprisingly ok film, expecting massive pile of rubbish but it just wasn’t bad, nice :D

    September 18, 2013 at 6:26 pm
    • Nostra says:

      That’s strange, will check if it still works for me. Have to say I did wonder where you went :)

      This movie wasn’t bad at all!

      September 19, 2013 at 8:06 am
  • Mark says:

    I was surprised with how good this film was. Much better than the trailer led me to believe. Nice review!

    September 21, 2013 at 6:36 am
    • Nostra says:

      Reading the other comments a lot of other people were as surprised as you were :)

      September 22, 2013 at 7:03 pm
  • Raghav says:

    I agree with you completely and I think both of our reviews suggest we liked the same things in the film. It’s not a film without faults, but it is entertaining enough that I am happy overlooking those faults. Cheers!

    September 25, 2013 at 6:54 am
    • Nostra says:

      Yeah, it is just so exciting to watch. Saw it on my own, but will be seeing it again with my wife…sure she will also like it.

      September 29, 2013 at 5:04 pm


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