Review: World War Z

Review 2013 by RD Clark


World War Z

Written by: Matthew Michael Carnahan, Drew Goddard, Damon Lindelof — From the novel by Max Brooks

Directed by: Marc Forster

Starring: Brad Pitt, Mireille Enos, Daniella Kertesz, Fana Mokoena abd about a zillion zombies

Rated PG-13
Running time: 115 mins

So, there’s all these zombies and they’re running amok, so this guy who used to work for the UN flies around the world for some reason, trying to find clues to something, while miraculously not getting bitten or killed.

That’s about it, folks. Oh, it’s occasionally visually cool (the zombies remind me of fire ants in some places), and there is plenty of action. However, Pitt’s character races from place to place and never stays with anyone long enough to makes us really care what happens to them. And he plays the lead with such a hollow and placid tone (he never seems to get really angry or scared) that I really didn’t care about him. And the creatures aren’t really zombies; not one brain got eaten, no one got torn apart and they run very fast.

I felt nothing coming out, no wonder, no fright, not much of anything except let down. This was a thoroughly forgettable zombie film; the theater was packed, but there was very little audience reaction and that was telling. There was no post-credit scene, so shamble on out once they roll.

Flytrap rating: 4/10

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