Josh Wilding Reviews: WORLD WAR Z (2D)

There was a lot of controversy surrounding World War Z when it was being filmed, so here's a bit more for you: It's better than Man of Steel! "Oh no he didn't!" Oh yes I did. Hit the jump to read my spoiler-free verdict of the movie.

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By Josh Wilding - 6/23/2013

A PG-13 zombie movie that actually works?! Surely not! Well, while anyone desperate for a gory two hours of blood splattering the walls and intestines being torn out by the handful may be disappointed, World War Z is actually a fast paced and smart thriller which somehow manages to offer up a fresh twist on the genre. That's not exactly an easy feat, especially as The Walking Dead does it so well on a weekly basis on the small screen. However, both the look of the zombies in this movie and the way they act (running may not be anything new thanks to 28 Days Later, but the way the undead swarm is most certainly unique) certainly helps to differentiate them from the norm. The scale at which they move is also impressive. We're used to seeing fairly isolated examples of zombie attacks, but in World War Z, we literally see them infest cities, taking them over in a matter of just a few devastating minutes.

The film isn't without some problems however and the fact that they play so loosely with time and locations means that it occasionally feels as if everything is moving along just a little TOO quickly. Although the lack of gore isn't missed, it can be occasionally quite distracting as director Marc Forster is forced to cut around these scenes, ultimately lessening their impact somewhat. If you can forgive these few moments though, the action is handled very well throughout. These sequences are all top notch actually, particularly a nighttime scene at an airbase in Korea and a flight to Cardiff which goes disastrously wrong! There are a few decent scares too, as well as some very tense and edge of your seat moments. Unfortunately - and I'm not sure if this is perhaps a result of the 3D conversion - the film is a little too dark in places, making the action hard to follow at points.

Brad Pitt is very much the leading man here and has no trouble with both anchoring the movie AND helping to highlight the lesser known actors he's often surrounded by. James Badge Dale makes a memorable appearance, although Lost fans will be in for a major disappointment if they decide to see World War Z just for a glimpse of Jack as that's all his role in the movie really is...a glimpse! There aren't really any weak performances to speak of, and while the trailers may have made it appear as if the special effects would be exactly that, there are only perhaps one or two moments where they don't look quite as good as they should. For the most part, the plot of World War Z is engrossing and smart but still easy to follow. It's arguably a little choppy here and there and perhaps a bit too neat and tidy for some at the very end, but despite these few minor issues, it's a tense and well thought out action thriller.

World War Z is smart, exciting and original enough to keep the overused zombie genre feeling fresh for a little while longer. The end may be deliberate sequel bait, but it's hard to imagine you won't want one by the time the credits roll!









The story revolves around United Nations employee Gerry Lane (Pitt), who traverses the world in a race against time to stop the Zombie pandemic that is toppling armies and governments and threatening to decimate humanity itself. Enos plays Gerry’s wife Karen Lane; Kertesz is his comrade in arms, Segen.


STARRING:

Brad Pitt as Gerry Lane
Mireille Enos as Karin
James Badge Dale as Captain Speke
Lucy Aharish as ???
Julia Levy-Boeken as ???
Matthew Fox as ???
Elyes Gabel as Fassbach
Bryan Cranston as ???
David Morse as ???
Abigail Hargrove as Rachel Lane

RELEASE DATE: June 21st, 2013.
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Tony93 - 6/23/2013, 10:46 AM
I predicted a 3 star on this one..
TonyChu - 6/23/2013, 10:47 AM
3/5 or 7.2/10 for me!
ALegendaryPanda - 6/23/2013, 10:48 AM
What was the point of mentioning Man of Steel in the description?
Melkaticox - 6/23/2013, 10:50 AM
So, the same score as Man of Steel...

That should tell you something.
Transforminator - 6/23/2013, 10:50 AM
LOL yeah there was no need to bring up MOS in the description.
gmoney0505 - 6/23/2013, 10:52 AM
Whats the point of Man of Steel here? Might as well add your thoughts to Star Trek, Monster University, and Iron Man 3 there instead of trying to start a flame war.
TheLoveDoc - 6/23/2013, 10:54 AM
Anyone else smell the flame?
TheDIsSilent - 6/23/2013, 10:55 AM
Hey, Josh has got to get those clicks somehow, right guys?



;)
Battabing - 6/23/2013, 10:55 AM
Do not take the flame war bait my fellow moths.
Josh is just trying to get more clicks.
supermanomaximus - 6/23/2013, 10:56 AM
josh is just burning mos fanboys for the last few days......
@josh why?what have we done...its not our fault that the movie sucked...
RPD - 6/23/2013, 10:58 AM
From what I hear it wouldn't have to be very good to be better than Man of Steel...
TheDIsSilent - 6/23/2013, 10:59 AM
Yeeees...keep clicking! Daddy likes it when you do that.

NBAfanaddict - 6/23/2013, 10:59 AM

fireplace
Mucklefluga - 6/23/2013, 11:01 AM
id give it an 8, very enjoyable.
ParisSun - 6/23/2013, 11:07 AM
Got to love the butthurt DC/MoS fanboys asking for higher standings after they deliberately spoiled IM3 and trolled every thread with IM3 talk. You all are now getting what you deserve.
Jolt17 - 6/23/2013, 11:08 AM
Because it's one of the most recent releases that - even though not all that necessary - you most likely will compare the movie to? And yes, I actually did enjoy this one better than Man of Steel, and I believe I'd regard it as a better movie, as well...if it wasn't for the third act! The first two acts have managed to play with the global scale, which I think works very well because not only it offers a different take on the genre, but also is a good way to mask the lack of gore, but then, it goes all typical and predictable with the final act, which I think also suffers from the fact that it has to "play safe," due to the PG-13 rating. As for the rest, though, I agree with the review, in particular regarding Pitt's performance, the story, and...that flight to Cardiff! Good stuff.
Equivocal - 6/23/2013, 11:10 AM
why bringing MOS in the title ????

well

DUMB ASSES

you all, keep saying that MOS is far better and superior movie than WWZ and it shouldn't do better than MOS just because "everything that nolan touches is Gold" and it is the best CMB ever !!!

and you all act like the movie is Good while the general audience Obviously thinks NOT, just by looking at the box office.

that's why !

TheBaroness89 - 6/23/2013, 11:11 AM
What does a zombie movie have to do with a super hero movie ? The Godfather is better than The Avengers....make sense ? Not really. You usually write good reviews don't lower yourself to bashing non related movies just to spark some flaming debate.
Is is better than any episode of Walking Dead ? No and a better movie is 28 days later which was made for about 1/4 the cost of World War Z. That's an objective review. Sheesh leave Superman alone already.
NBAfanaddict - 6/23/2013, 11:14 AM
alwaysthelady:<br /><br />IT HAS BEGUN: BANANAPOCALYPSE<br />
Hudson3D - 6/23/2013, 11:15 AM
Meh.. I'll wait! Looks Gash to me!
ComicFan1134 - 6/23/2013, 11:15 AM
From What I Seen In Tha Trailers....Utter Crap, Over CG'd Zombies...
ALegendaryPanda - 6/23/2013, 11:22 AM
Equivocal

You just sound like a butthurt troll right now. I've never even brought up WWZ in a MoS article before, and you're also saying that the general audience doesn't like Man of Steel? First of all you don't speak for the general audience, second of all you're an idiot because it's nearing $400 million WW already.

Yeah.....
yingyangpalms - 6/23/2013, 11:24 AM
How could it not be better than Man Of Steel?

But lets be honest. Iron Man 3 was nearly as bad as MOS and Into Darkness was like a very expensive episode of Trek Voyager and felt more like TV than film.

Superman films in order of quality:
Superman 1978 **** out of 4
Superman 2 ***
Superman Returns **1/2
Superman 3 ** (Kent Vs Superman was better than anything in MOS!!)
Superman IV tied with Man Of Steel

blkyank - 6/23/2013, 11:24 AM
Will Josh apply this standard to Thor 2 when The Hunger Games sequel blows it out of the water?

Whatever.
RorMachine - 6/23/2013, 11:26 AM
Damn forgot to spoiler tag that so I'll post again..with..

SPOILERS SPOILERS SPOILERS

Nice review dude (though I disagree with a lot of it:), but I have to ask..I;ve read a few reviews now calling this movie smart..how? I didn't see a single clever thing in this film that hasn't been done better a hundred times before. The overall concept of the globe trotting zombie cure finder maybe aside. If anything it was the opposite. I mean WWZ contains a scene in which the hero is faced with a load of diseases, some of which may kill him and he doesn't know which to take. There's a notepad, a pen, the scientists that can tell him the safe ones to take are watching him on camera, and outside there's a phone...I think I see a way out of this!! Also, the scene where he cuts the chick's hand off? He just swings the knife and it's gone! Unless he's propped her wrist against something hard, or her hand is made from butter, all that'll happen there..no matter how sharp the knife..is that she'll get a couple of inches in her (ooh matron!)..not a hug thing on it's own but because it was ONLY done that way to keep with the pg13 madness it really annoyed me:)
Equivocal - 6/23/2013, 11:26 AM
@ror

even with all those points you talk about WWZ, it makes a better movie than MOS,
which, by the way,
is more of a generic superhero movie at best....
blkyank - 6/23/2013, 11:27 AM
@yingyangpalms

Yeah,ok list, ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ.
Aeyan - 6/23/2013, 11:29 AM
WWZ + Brad Pitt = LAME!!! BP needs to grow a pair. He's so girly I can't stand it. Go back to making proper films like Twelve Monkeys, Fight Club, or Snatch even. This kind of film wasn't made for him. As for Man of Steel, it was far from perfect, but anything is better than another Zombie film in my book.
Ranger14 - 6/23/2013, 11:33 AM
I can't believe how this site has gotten full of little crybabies whenever someone says anything that might reflect the least bit negatively on a movie you like. He liked it better than MOS. It's his opinion and it makes perfect sense bringing it up being that is the last film he reviewed and this one assisted in taking it down from the number one spot. If he would have said, "This one isn't quite as good with MOS", then no one would be ranting about it and the MOS fans would have been praising him and not making an issue of it. The fickleness and paranoia around here is amazing. :-p
Mike89 - 6/23/2013, 11:34 AM
It was better than i expeted. 8/10 for me.
ManDeth - 6/23/2013, 11:35 AM
@yingyangpalms You think Man Of Steel was on the level of Superman IV??? IV was bad but not that bad.

Man OF Shit is a throwback to Supergirl. The effects were terrible and stuff like Superman fighting rape tentacles was like typical WB studio stuff.

MOS(Man OF Shit) is the new Green Lantern with a touch of Wild Wild West. Theyre just lucky they made money in the first week because the theaters are already starting to empty and the drop off has just begun.
Equivocal - 6/23/2013, 11:39 AM
@kryton

generic:
having no particularly distinctive quality or application

that's the definition.
Aeyan - 6/23/2013, 11:41 AM
Sites such as this are opinion drive to begin with. I respect his opinion as much as anyone else's. We all have the right to express our opinion as long as it is above the line. If he likes WWZ more than MOS, goodie gum drops. It still doesn't change my opinion and vise versa.
RorMachine - 6/23/2013, 11:45 AM
generic:
having no particularly distinctive quality or application


Yep, you just described 99% of superhero movies! Sorry, some of em are awesome, but they're rarely particularly original. Is that why you see them? It's not why I do.
loveturnmills - 6/23/2013, 11:45 AM
Man of Steel is my favourite film of the decade. I very much doubt this is better Mr Wielding you douche.
mgeoff88 - 6/23/2013, 11:49 AM
It doesn't make sense to compare WWZ to MOS. One is a zombie movie and the other is a comic book movie.

When you do a review for Monsters University are you going to say it is better than MOS also?

Don't be a part of the problem, be a part of the solution.

@ParisSun That was one guy. That Future whatever asshole who was a crazed fan and kept posting IM3 spoilers in all the articles.

He wasn't even a DC fan. He was Marvel fan who was extremely angry(an unhealthy amount of anger) at The Mandarin twist in IM3, and became obsessed with spoiling it for everyone.

@Equivocal I don't really get the Nolan praise. The only movies I liked from him was the TDKR trilogy.

MOS doesn't count imo, because it wasn't directed by him. I personally think Inception is way overrated.
kadetra - 6/23/2013, 11:49 AM
Josh certainly wants to start a fan-boy war.
Ranger14 - 6/23/2013, 11:53 AM
"It doesn't make sense to compare WWZ to MOS. One is a zombie movie and the other is a comic book movie."

So you don't think it makes sense to make a simple statement that one liked Shaun of the Dead better than Jonah Hex? One is a zombie movie and the other is a comic book movie, but we aren't allowed to like a zombie movie more than a comic book movie because they are two different genres? I have a list of favorite movies and I certainly don't categorize them all into genres. If I liked a romantic comedy better than a comic book film, then I liked the romantic comedy better. End of story and quite simple.
ManDeth - 6/23/2013, 11:54 AM
@mgeoff88 Inception was overrated but Nolan was overrespected and over appreciated much like Abrams. He had one truly great movie with TDK and tried to rip it with TDKR but only created a shadow of it.

TDK was Nolans A New Hope. TDKR was Nolans Return Of The Jedi. MOS is his Howard The Duck.

He has took himself out of the respected filmmaker category and into the George Lucas, Michael Bay group.

Nolan is a one hit wonder still riding the wave of his only great film TDK. A film he just cant follow up.
hikeshirandalph - 6/23/2013, 12:02 PM
Man of Steel, movie of the year.
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