World War Z – a new breed of zombie

So I watched World War Z (2013) twice before writing this review because I couldn’t quite make my mind up about it. Second time around I decided that it was probably one of the better zombie films I’ve seen, not quite as good as 28 Days Later (2002), but getting there!

While the start was a little slow, I thought the storyline was very interesting – using other viruses as ‘camouflage’ to evade the zombies. Very clever. I also liked the director Marc Forster‘s decision to focus on characteristics of nature such as ‘the swarm’ and apply this to the movement of the zombies.

The swarm

The last 40 minutes of the film are, for me, its defining moments – a tense crusade into an abandoned part of a WHO lab facility to track down the viruses needed to help save the human race…at least for a short while. The catch? A load of dormant zombies stand between Gerry Lane (Brad Pitt), his comrades, and the all important cabinet containing the viruses, culminating in one fantastic stand-off with this teeth chattering fella below! I won’t say anymore as it’ll spoil the fun if you haven’t seen this film before!

Love this guy!


Plenty of action as you’d expect in this, but also an intelligent plot that’s a little different from the normal zombie films. I wish I’d seen this one on the big screen! And Brad Pitt’s performance is strong and energised. Apparently World War Z 2 is out in 2017 – can’t wait!

I’d give this film a well deserved 4 out of 5 stars (****)


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  1. I saw this in bad circumstances (an unruly cinema) which I think affected my overall impression of the movie. I didn’t feel any tension or connection with the characters, Maybe it’s because the lead is such an iconic face…maybe it’s because it felt a bit muddled and cobbled together. I’m really not sure, but I think I need to see it again. To this day, the zombie film that has impressed me the most remains George A. Romero’s original Dawn of the Dead. Nice write-up, though. Maybe we need a Kristen Wiig zombie movie?? 😉


  2. I know what you mean about not feeling connected to the characters – I think Brad’s character came into his own a little more towards the end(!), but his family really got on my nerves if I’m honest! You’re right, the original Dawn of the Dead can not be beaten! I do really love Danny Boyle’s gritty zombie contribution though 🙂 I think a Kristen Wigg zombie movie is an excellent idea! She was great in the Ghostbusters remake (although the original will always be the best!)


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