Mr Sunday Reviews WORLD WAR Z

Mr Sunday Reviews WORLD WAR Z

Steeped in production troubles since it began filming in 2011, World War Z has finally hit cinemas. How does it stack up against the rest of this year’s slew of blockbusters? Find out after the jump!

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By MrSundayMovies - 6/20/2013


Check out the embedded video below for a comprehensive and brief review of World War Z or read the transcribed article below that. I recommend the video though, reading is for the weak.


For a movie that has had such a long and troubled production, World War Z certainly doesn’t feel like the mess one would expect. Helmed by Quantum of Solace’s Marc Foster, World War Z delivers more than it has any right to. Very loosely adapted from the book of the same name it sees the world once again thrown into the brink of a zombie apocalypse and then deals with the sequence of events that could conceivably happen if a global event of this scale were to occur.

Despite the re-shoots, delayed release and rumoured issues between the studio and director this film had me on-board from the get go. The movie opens with Gerry, played handsomely by Brad Pitt, his family and a grid locked New York city, swarmed by the living dead in a truly heart pounding action sequence. With only a rolled-up magazine between Gerry and being bitten to undeath he escapes, only to have his services called upon by what remains of the UN. He’s charged with being the man responsible for determining the source of the rapidly spreading infection that may lead to a possible cure.

Though burdened with many pointless scenes coupled with unnecessary exposition in the middle, World War Z is bookended by compelling and intense events, the last of which plays out methodically and brilliantly towards the movies somewhat abrupt ending. The always dependable and youthful Brad Pitt (who I suspect has a cursed painting of himself aging in the basement) turns in a solid performance. Nothing award winning, but he’s talented enough to take a roll like this and sleepwalk through it coming out the other end having satisfied the audience. With acting!

The better parts of this movie are in the smaller moments, Gerry with his family, Gerry attending to a soldiers missing appendage, Gerry screaming ZOMMMMBBBBIES and firing a machine gun into the air. That bit doesn’t happen, but it does bring me to my next point. All the gun play, the huge action sequences, the CGI zombie swarms, these are the least interesting moments. In fact they’re quite jarring. Having the Contagion style realism the film appears to be going for melded with a CGI swarm of zombies scaling a wall like nobody’s business doesn’t really work. In fact, the best action sequence again, is the finale, a low key affair with minimal special effects that’s high on tension and like the rest of the film surprisingly low on gore.

It could rightly be argued that the movie has its nonsensical moments. Brad Pitt’s never ending stream of good fortune as he Carmen Sandiego’s himself across the globe being one. Or having the USA go from normal functioning society to having men attempt to rape a woman in the middle of a well-lit and crowded supermarket in a matter of hours being another. Or how a person with a newly severed hand can scale a twenty foot ladder in three seconds flat. But you know what? None of this really bothered me. This is what I consider a solid meat and potatoes thriller, with certainly more going for it than not.

Will it bump Man Of Steel from the top of the box office? Not a chance. But it’s a good enough, somewhat clever in parts zombie flick (that actually uses the word zombie) that for some reason has Matthew Fox in it in a role that will make you go, was that Matthew Fox and is so why is Matthew Fox in this? He does almost nothing by the way. He’s barely in it! Less than Party Of Five minutes. You could even say that he’s LOST among the rest of the supporting cast. Not to mention the way he…Speed Racer…no…that doesn’t work. Honestly I’m just trying to pad this out cause I’ve run out of stuff to say and this feels a little short.

So World War Z. It’s okay and you should probably see it or not see it. And I firmly stand by that conviction! But what are your own thoughts on World War Z or the state of zombie movies in generally? Do you think there’s still life left (pun intended) in this seemingly ever popular genre? Let us know by sounding off in the usual place! Thanks everyone, enjoy your weekend.
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ahhmynuts - 6/20/2013, 7:28 PM
I WILL SEE IT, MR SUNDAY!
Durf - 6/20/2013, 7:38 PM
Nice. I'm not particularly interested in the movie, but good work on the review
maryboo - 6/20/2013, 7:39 PM
I am a huge fan of the book and I have cursed this movie since I read the first synopsis and realized it had nothing to do with the book. Not to mention it looks mediocre and generic.
Demongod20 - 6/20/2013, 8:09 PM

@ SuperCat

Same for me. I got to see that Smallville and Zod fight again. I can't believe they actuay had shockwaves come off there punches and blows.

@ maryboo

You took the words right out of my mouth. I wish they would have made a smaller budge rated R World War Z movie.

thecloneranger - 6/20/2013, 8:09 PM
Great checking this out saturday viva zombies!!!!!
marvelstudios - 6/20/2013, 8:20 PM
I watched this movie yesterday. I liked it, i felt tense trough out the movie. I expected it to be better than it was. I expected a movie with a budget of $200 million would have more action.
Jolt17 - 6/20/2013, 8:24 PM
To me, it has the most poorly-paced first act, an impressive second act, and, albeit quite thrilling, a video game adaptation-like third act...which is way too generic and convenient a route to take such a unique zombie flick down to, it kind of strips the movie off of the excitement it has built throughout the rest of the movie. Y'know, the whole global-scaled perspective on the zombie apocalypse subject, not just the typical group survival struggle, which actually works pretty damn well, if not cut by such a predictable climax. Good review, though, MrSundayMovies, and for someone who didn't expect to see a solid zombie flick, I can say that my expectation has been pretty much exceeded...although it wasn't so high, either! But it's certainly worth the watch.
PsyGuy - 6/20/2013, 8:27 PM
Just saw it!!

It was just okay...It was really anticlimactic in my opinion.
airbeyonder18 - 6/20/2013, 8:36 PM
I would probably rent it...
TheGambitFreakIsBatmanOfCBM - 6/20/2013, 8:36 PM
Looked gay from the start. Terrible CGI, plot sounds so... Used. A pass for me, I will be seeing MoS instead and crying and sobbing because Warby Parker sold out of the glasses I wanted...
Huey - 6/20/2013, 9:13 PM
I'll probably just go watch Man of Steel again. Can't get enough of Superman!
DoubleD - 6/20/2013, 9:27 PM
BOX OFFICE MOJO Forecast (June 21-23)
1. Monsters University - $73.9 million
2. Man of Steel - $47.8 million (-59%)
3. World War Z - $46 million
4. This is the End - $13.9 million (-33%)
5. Now You See Me - $7.1 million (-36%)

tonytony - 6/20/2013, 9:57 PM
Nah pass for me. Zombie flicks aint for me
WhiteBolt - 6/20/2013, 9:58 PM
I'll be seeing Monsters U this weekend. I may see WWZ since I am a huge zombie geek.
HeadPool420 - 6/20/2013, 10:34 PM
This movie has "zombies" that don't eat you they just bite you then move on to the next victim. At least in 28 Days Later and 28 Weeks Later they called it "Rage" since those guys just attacked people and didn't eat em. This movie might have a few slightly cool moments but I like my zombie movies gory, rated R and with zombies! I hope those that do see it are able to enjoy it but I'll be watching MOS again this weekend!:)
Phlegmbot - 6/20/2013, 11:32 PM
Re: Matthew Fox:

Dan Aykroyd is in Temple of Doom for about 15 seconds.
Christian Slater was in Star Trek VI for 3.
Glenn Close shows up as a male pirate in Hook.
Paul Rudd and Jason Segal are on-screen in This is the End for about 6 seconds.

Sometimes, people just are on-set and friends with someone on the production (e.g., the director, a star, the person casting the movie), so they do a small role just because.
lucio7lopez - 6/20/2013, 11:46 PM
Man of Steel again for me this week! I love it.
The people love the zombies, I hope WWZ will be a good movie.
Jolt17 - 6/20/2013, 11:50 PM
Actually, the CGI of this movie is surprisingly terri...fic! :) It does the massive scale justice, and, dare I say, has a neater visual than Man of Steel. Yeah, I'm just not a fan of Snyder's new shaky-cam, snap zooms style, though.

And I won't see Man of Steel again, nor this, because there are the likes of Monsters University coming ahead, and I'm just a broke college freshman.
Mike89 - 6/20/2013, 11:51 PM
I'll admit im a sucker for Zombie Movies. buts its a tired genre. The whole pile of CGI zombies swarming like a massive ant farm doesn't quite do it for me. I'll Pass and Watch MOS again, Then Monsters University over the weekend.
Luminus - 6/21/2013, 1:42 AM
Favorite zombie movies is Dawn of the Dead (Ving Rhames). I'm going to see this movie in a couple hours. I hope it doesn't suck.

Oh, and someone thinks Monster's University is going to make $73.9 million? Yeah, okay. An extra shipment of Crack must've came in this week.
Battabing - 6/21/2013, 2:01 AM
I liked Monsters Inc. but it's been too long for me to care about a f.ucking prequel.

Pass.
EarOne - 6/21/2013, 2:04 AM
i read the novel, like it..and despite all my skepticism and doubts and all the so-so and negative reviews, i'm STILL gonna watch it. bet on it. and yeah..zombie flicks IS my thang.
loki668 - 6/21/2013, 2:09 AM
I'm going to watch this but only after I watch MoS one more time.
nach1wan - 6/21/2013, 2:34 AM
the trailer was awful, and the fact that its _not_ rated r? come on...
i'll see it when it comes in dvd
SUPERSHADOWBAT - 6/21/2013, 4:11 AM
I'll wait to see WWZ. Going to see MOS again!
connorblaze - 6/21/2013, 5:07 AM
Just got back from this, went in expecting it to be just average, at best, as the trailer really disn't interest me much. Was shocked to find it my favourite zombie movie in ages. I have nonproblem with gore but found the lack of it almost helped the movie. It had to rely on suspense, action and great visuals betrayed by the trailer to make up for it. Was on the edge of my seat the entire time, and found these Zombies scary, which I haven't felt in ages because the market is so oversaturated with zombies. Suprisingly good. Next up man of steel, out here on wednesday!
CyberBishop - 6/21/2013, 5:26 AM
I am torn... I want to see it... Yet another part of me does not... AAAAAAAAAAAAAHHH... Indecision.....
Alfredo27 - 6/21/2013, 6:50 AM
I'm ROFL that u think MOS will beat WWZ in box office this week.
Berserker187 - 6/21/2013, 9:14 AM
Is not.the f-ing book. This movie is a dishonor to the book. F-ing hollywood [frick]ing up the movie. If you buy the rights to the book use the story from the book. Pass on this. Will see it online someday.STUPID HOLLYWOOD!
FOOM - 6/21/2013, 10:59 AM
Still might see this. Probably better than most people here think.
dellamorte1872 - 6/21/2013, 12:52 PM
HORROR/ZOMBIES should be gory; there needs to be an R rating. why would i see a zombie movie that doesnt highlight that?
dellamorte1872 - 6/21/2013, 12:53 PM
wow they are so not getting my money especially b/c it sat on a shelf for 2 yrs while they reshot and rethought the ending.
dellamorte1872 - 6/21/2013, 4:06 PM
seriously they had ample time to make it bloodier. and for a ZOMBIE movie it needs to be

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