Monday, June 24, 2013

Movie Review: World War Z

Brad Pitt: Gerry Lane
Mireille Enos: Karin Lane
Daniella Kertesz: Segen
Fana Mokoena: Thierry Umutoni

Runtime: 116 min
Rating: PG-13
Plot:  United Nations employee Gerry Lane traverses the world in a race against time to stop the Zombie pandemic that is toppling armies and governments, and threatening to destroy humanity itself.

In My Opinion: Anyone who knows me is quite aware that I've been incredibly psyched up for the release of this movie. I've tried many times to read the book, but simply can't get into it. The movie, however, was freaking fantastic. As you see in the trailers, the story starts out with Brad and his family waiting in traffic when the zombie invasion first hits their part of the country. They're forced to run through the streets among total chaos of fleeing citizens and crazy fast zombies  (check out my blog for more on this). When the family hits a Walgreens-type pharmacy, we get a glimpse of how people may act in desperate times. We discover that Brad's character recently retired from the UN as one of their best investigators, and is in high demand. After his family is flown via helicopter to a battle ship on the ocean filled with other highbrow personnel, Brad is asked to help find the origin of the virus. From that point on, the film is packed with intense scenes that kept me on edge.

It's Rating Time

The Story: 4.5 out of 5 stars: Although I extremely enjoyed just about every aspect of this story, there were a few very unrealistic parts that had me shaking my head, such as the plane crash, and I totally predicted the ending early on. But the climax to the ending was well done, and the plot was actually believable.

The Acting: 5 out of 5 stars: Everyone did a stellar job in playing out their roles. While I have a hard time looking at Mireille Enos as anything other than a cowardly polygamist's wife from 'Big Love', she made a rather pleasant leading lady—brave, but not too tough. Brad Pitt makes an exceptional leading man who can pull at your heart strings when he's playing daddy, and make you believe that he's a tough guy when he's punching zombies. Plus it's BRAD PITT. He is pretty easy on the eyes, and has a voice that most probably makes angels cry.

The Scare Factor: 4 out of 5 stars: While it's not horror-scary, the anxiety level is pretty intense. Because of that, this movie could've easily have been rated R, and don't plan on letting my 11-year-old watch this for a while for that very reason.

Overall Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Bottom line: Must see for zombie fans, Brad Pitt groupies, and thrill seekers!


1 comment:

  1. Nice review Jen. It’s a fine movie for a couple of chills and thrills, but also drops the ball with its script.