July 02, 2013

World War Z (2013)

World War Z (2013)
Directed by: Marc Forster
Country: USA

Review: “World War Z” is a weak blockbuster based on Max Brook’s novel, about a zombie pandemic that starts threatening the world. It stars Brad Pitt as Gerry Lane, a privileged UN employee who will travel worldwide to put a stop on the troubles by learning how to deal with these raging creatures. Marc Forster, who already gave us some well-referenced movies like “Monster’s Ball” or “Stranger Than Fiction”, directed the film with such a pretentious attitude that discouraged me since the first moments. The lousy first half didn’t show anything unfamiliar, just reinforcing continuously my sensations of déjà-vu, while the second was slightly more thrilling but leading us to some terrible final scenes, such as when Lane walks through a laboratory corridor with a bunch of zombies running franticly in opposite direction without even touching him. The overdone images of thousands of zombies running and falling along the streets or even climbing walls, made quite noticeable the computer technology that was behind. With the main goal of impressing through chaotic situations and try to scare us with the zombies’ facial expressions (which weren’t so bad actually), “World War Z” left behind any concerns about involvement or depth of the story. This sensationalist crowd-pleaser is devoid of funny moments (maybe it would have gained something with some), becoming more silly than scary.

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