World War Z, my review.

Posted: November 4, 2013 in Gossip/News/Reviews - Film
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Hi folks, Sorry not posted for a while, I have been rather busy and ill.

Anyway, hope you are well. Here is my review of “World War Z” which I saw over the weekend (Released at cinema in June 2013).  Please don’t read if you have not seen the film, spoiler alert.

World war z is a film adaptation of the cult novel of the same name by Max Brooks.

The film starts with former UN employee Gerry Lane, his wife Karin and their two daughters in heavy Philadelphia traffic when the city is attacked by zombies. As chaos spreads, the Lanes escape to Newark, New Jersey and take refuge in an apartment, home to a couple with a young son, Tommy. UN Secretary General  Thierry Umutoni, an old friend of Gerry’s, sends a helicopter that extracts the Lanes and Tommy to a U.S. Navy vessel in the Atlantic where scientists and military personnel are analyzing the worldwide outbreaks. Dr. Andrew Fassbach thinks that the plague is a virus, and that development of a vaccine depends on finding the origin. Gerry reluctantly agrees to help Fassbach find the outbreak’s source after it is made clear that he and his family will be removed from the ship if he does not.

What follows a investigational trip around the globe as Gerry tries to locate the cause of the virus whilst fighting hordes of zombies in the process. Nearly every body that Gerry meats has an unfortunate end with a zombie. Gerry starts his adventure off in South Korea, then Jerusalem and finally Wales.  On his way, Gerry notices zombies ignoring a sick old man and an emaciated boy. Soon after, one of Gerry’s escorts, a soldier who identifies herself only as “Segen”, is bitten on the hand, which Gerry quickly amputates to stop her turning.

On the way to Wales Gerry contacts Thierry, and the airliner is diverted to a World Health Organization (WHO) facility in Wales. When a stowaway zombie attacks in mid-air, Gerry uses a grenade to blow the infected out of the aircraft, but this also causes the plane to crash. Gerry is injured, but both he and Segen survive.

They proceed to the WHO facility, where Gerry loses consciousness for three days, then explains to the remaining WHO staff a theory he has, based on the people he has seen the zombies ignore: the infected do not bite the seriously injured or terminally ill, since they would be unsuitable hosts for viral reproduction. He suggests that they test this by deliberately infecting somebody with one of the facility’s pathogens, but these are in a wing already overrun by zombies. Gerry, Segen and the lead WHO doctor go to get a pathogen, but are separated on the way; Gerry continues to the pathogen vault while Segen and the doctor return to the main building. A zombie corners Gerry inside the vault, prompting him to inject himself with an unknown bacteria and open the vault, thereby testing his theory. The zombie ignores him, as do those he encounters while returning to the main wing. Everybody rejoices at Gerry’s success.

Gerry and his family are reunited in a safe zone at Freeport, Nova Scotia. A “vaccine”, derived from deadly pathogens, is developed and issued to troops battling the infected, acting as a kind of camouflage. The vaccine also helps survivors to reach quarantine zones. Human offensives begin against the zombies, and hope is restored. “This isn’t the end,” Gerry comments, “Not even close. Our war has just begun.

I really enjoyed this film. There is relentless action as you get a sense of how hopeless every body seams against the zombie hordes. Like ants the zombies attack in swarms and it is pretty scary. There is not much blood and gore but there is definitely plenty of action, and it is relentless on the edge of your seat stuff.

Unfortunately the last 20 minutes or so when the drama moves to Wales lets it down., Where have all the zombies gone??? It looks spectacularly cheap, and the computer-generated hordes from earlier in the movie are nowhere to be seen. There are none on the streets. Instead there are a dozen or so zombies walking around in the World Health Organization facility.  In fact it felt different to the fast paced action of the rest of the film.  Maybe this bit was added as an after thought I don’t know.

Also the fairy tale ending of Brad being reunited with his family sort of spoilt it for me.  Maybe they didn’t know how to end the film, but I’m sure it could have been better.

But other than that it was a good action packed 2 hours of fun. So if you have a couple of hours to kill on a cold winters evening you could do a lot worse than this.

What do you think?

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