World War Z is a smart but also sanitized and slightly jingoistic generic blockbuster flick.
The story revolves around United Nations employee Gerry Lane (Pitt), who traverses the world in a race against time to stop a pandemic that is toppling armies and governments and threatening to decimate humanity itself. (C) Paramount
World War Z is able to inject some smarts in the film as the protagonist ends up on a run and gun investigation on the Zombie invasion.
The cast did well with what they were given. Ace decision on not setting up a forced romantic tension between Gerry and the female soldier.
That however, doesn’t make much of a Zombie film. World War Z completely strays away from its source material, which is understandable to some extent given the limitations of a full length film, but the movie’s attempt to stage a pandemic is lost when the movie concentrated on Gerry’s family, specifically to an underused Mireille Enos who did nothing but to wait by the phone.
Apart from a number of contrivances, the film turns zombies into a swarm of rabid humans then sanitizes anything that shows how horrifying they are with frenetic editing. Any violence is not shown or shown quickly, even the blood looked like tar.
It does delivery some thrills, a new take on a typically blood and gore genre, but its just another white hero summer blockbuster.
My Rating: 5/10