I’d like to retitle this film How Many Ways Can Brad Pitt Almost Die But Always Predictably Prevail at the Very Last Moment because this film seemed like a fetish flick for people who get off on Brad Pitt almost dying over and over…and over. Ooo baby! Nearly hit by a cop on a motorcycle, nearly eaten by zombies, nearly exploded, riots in Newark, pre-zombification near suicide, more zombies, riots in Israel, plane crash, piece of metal through the torso, more zombies, deadly virus, etc… But don’t worry everybody! Brad narrowly escapes each time using his superior wit and chiseled good looks. **rolls eyes**
If you’re expecting any material from the book to make it into the film you’re going to be disappointed. That leads me to believe that the name “World War Z” was used strictly for marketing purposes and the plot was completely reimagined to include more Brad Pitt (i.e. make more money). I’m not against films making money (or Brad Pitt), but this is a blatant rip off, and the film loses integrity right there.
The action scenes were decent and quite entertaining, but they were odd because this was a zombie film with no gore! Maybe a few drops of blood were actually seen, but nothing more. Even as Gerry slices a woman’s hand off, there’s hardly any blood. This is a huge leap from traditional zombie movies where you’d typically see gallons of the stuff (all that you can drink and it will never be enough!). It’s baffling how WWZ has managed to disappoint both fans of the book and fans of zombie movies, two of their MAJOR demographics, so nonchalantly.
The camera work was also off. The zombies themselves looked great…when you got a second to look at them. The camera moved so quickly that you never really got a good look at one until the end. Perhaps that was intended to be a “reveal”, but it would have been a lame reveal and it seemed like they were trying to replace real action with camera tricks that were more dizzying than suspenseful. During one of these vertigo-inducing sequences the line “train’s in the station!” made me crack up given the timing and totally took me out of the film. I’m going to use it from now on whenever any of my friends enter a rage fit.
Lastly, who-the-hell-sound-designer decided that the zombies should screech like raptors? I found this to be incredibly distracting, and it left me wondering if Jeff Goldblum was going to show up and start talking science with the W.H.O. doctors. Can zombies open doors? Clever girl ;) At least raptors have more in common with zombies than this film does with its namesake.