Thursday, July 11, 2013

World War Z - 3 1/2 stars

This was a lot of fun.  I'm not crazy about how fast the zombies are, or the way they can leap from building to building.  But I liked the scale of the movie.  We start in Philadelphia with the zombie epidemic just beginning.  Brad Pitt plays a former UN officer of some kind.  The military comes and rescues him and his family because he is the best person to go searching for the source of the zombies.  With every plague, there is a patient zero, and they think the same is true this time.

The action moves from an aircraft carrier to South Korea, then to Jerusalem, and finally to Europe.  There is a lot of coincidence in this movie.  Jerusalem is walled off from the zombies, and the people are living in relative comfort.  But Brad Pitt just happens to be there when something happens which causes the zombies to climb the walls and invade.  They climb the walls like ants, by climbing on top of each other.  It's pretty incredible and frightening.

There is also a plane crash sequence, and somehow Brad Pitt and his traveling companion are the only ones who survive.  They end up at a medical research facility and this sets up the finale of the movie.  I won't spoil what happens, but it was really intense.

This isn't my favorite zombie movie.  That's probably Shaun of the Dead, followed by 28 Days Later.  But World War Z was very enjoyable.

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