Movie Review: World War Z – The Sprinting Dead!

World War Z Review On Blazing Minds

World War Z sees United Nations employee Gerry Lane (Brad Pitt) travels the world in a race against time to stop the Zombie pandemic that is toppling armies and governments, and threatening to destroy humanity itself.

World War Z - Review on Blazing Minds

World War Z – Forget The Slow Walkers, These Things Sprint!

Before I start I have to say that Zombies have always been one of my favourite creatures/monsters in movies, ever since I was 9 years old watching George A. Romero’s Night of the Living Dead, which as a 9-year-old scared the heck out of me.

But Zombies were stuck in my mind and ever since then, unjust live Zombie movies, including comedy ones such as Return of the Living Dead.

Ok , so back to World War Z, now I had heard so much about the film which is based on the novel by Max Brooks (son of director Mel Brooks), mainly what I had heard was that the film would suck big time and be a complete waste of time, oh how wrong they were!

With Zombies currently trending with The Walking Dead TV series, it was inevitable that Brooks’ novel would get the Hollywood treatment, sadly I can’t compare the film to the book as I haven’t read it, but I will update this review when I have.

The first you notice about World War Z is that the film kicks off with the action extremely quickly, there’s no mucking about, within the first 10 minutes or so all hell breaks loose as the Zombie pandemic spreads across the world.

These Zombies are quick, damn quick, they pounce on their prey like a pack of wild animals and it not just their movements that are quick it’s also the change to living dead of those bitten that’s fast as well.

Having everything moving so fast really adds to the action of the film, yes I’m one that always liked the slow Zombies, but after seeing World War Z, I could be converted to the side of the “Sprinting Dead”.

World War Z - Tumbling down the walls of Jerusalem

With Gerry (Brad Pitt) going to several countries to find out how the “plague” started is nicely done, the section in Jerusalem is nicely done as they keep the Zombies out with a massive wall.

I do usually have my doubts when a film like this has a 15 certificate and think they just don’t have enough gore for a Zombie movie, but this still has shocks and loads of edge of your seat moments, I defy anyone not to double check when they are in a crowd of people, just in case.

Overall Thoughts For World War Z

Bit of a change for most Zombie movies, it’s certainly a film that has plenty of action to keep you gripped throughout its 116 mins and also has you thinking maybe a pandemic like this could be possible!

But the big question is should Zombies run like they do in World War Z or stumble along like those in classic George A. Romero films?

Rating: [starreview tpl=16]

Director: Marc Forster
Starring: Brad Pitt, Mireille Enos and Daniella Kertesz
UK Release: 21st June
Screenplay: Matthew Michael Carnahan, Drew Goddard, Damon Lindelof
Story by: J. Michael Straczynski, Matthew Michael Carnahan, Max Brooks

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  • http://abbiefoxton.com abbie foxton

    Karen big fan of the slow, suspense driven, relentless zombie. Psychologically more heart pounding hide and seek then their fast smash and rip cousins. There’s a great article in Zombiepedia that explains all so well. Looking forward to the film.

    • http://blazingminds.co.uk Karen Woodham

      Thanks, Abbie, I’ll have to check that out now and many thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment, much appreciated.

  • http://www.dragonblogger.com Justin Germino

    I think it is a mistake to call them zombies, zombies are undead, dead bodies re-animated. These are more like “the infected” and the story seems similar to I Am Legend, where a virus turns humans into fast moving “infected/zombies”. I haven’t seen this film yet or read the book, but I am not opposed to the fast moving infected, I just don’t see them as zombies in the traditional sense.

    Even the new PlayStation game The Last of Us portrays infected as fungal spores turning humans into zombie like creatures, not true zombies. I have heard the movie is kind of like a combo of 28 days later and contagion.

    • http://blazingminds.co.uk Karen Woodham

      Good point there Justin and as always thank you very much for you input, it’s always much appreciated.

  • http://www.dragonblogger.com Justin Germino

    Of course, this movie trailers have been attached to every film I saw with my kids and my 6 year old wants to see it, but I think it\’s too scary for my 6 and 9 year old kids.

    • http://blazingminds.co.uk Karen Woodham

      The age rating for the film here in the UK is 15, so no one under the age of 15 can see the film, not sure what the rating is on your side of the pond Justin.

      • http://www.dragonblogger.com Justin Germino

        In the US the rating is PG-13 but anyone can see any film with adult present, adults can take kids into R rated films if they want, only NC-17 has no admittance for anyone under 17 and this is a very rare film rating, almost no films get this rating.

        World War Z has the same rating as Iron Man 3 and Man of Steel here in the U.S.

        • http://blazingminds.co.uk Karen Woodham

          I think censors have certainly changed their attitudes to a lot of films these days.

  • http://www.theplrstore.com/master-resale-rights-c-135.html Ron

    Have been waiting for this movie to come out! Though we are Walking Dead fans from the beginning, anything with Zombies we are up for. I think it will be hard to wrap my head around the speed part, but should still be a good flick. Thanks for your review look forward to watching it now!

    • http://blazingminds.co.uk Karen Woodham

      Hi Ron, thank you for reading my review, I have to say the speed of the “infected” (threw that in for Justin lol) is impressive and it certainly gives the film an intense action pace.

  • http://www.dtmmr.com Dan O.

    Good review Karen. Fun for the movie it was, but the movie it was trying to be, with emotions and actual characters; it misses it’s mark.

    • http://blazingminds.co.uk Karen Woodham

      Thanks for stopping by and for the input Dan, much appreciated.

  • http://www.weworkforcheese.com mike

    As a big fan of the book, I could easily go down the “book was better” road. However, there was a lot of serious suspense and crazy great sets which made watching this thing totally enjoyable.

    • http://blazingminds.co.uk Karen Woodham

      Thanks for stopping by Mike, I’m going to have to read the book. But do I have to read the one before it first?