World War Zed [review]

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World War Zed (or if you’re American, Zee).

So, Brad Pitt has done it again, he’s saved the world. Actually, I can’t say if he’s ever actually done a save the world movie before, because I’m not a Brad Pitt aficionado. I don’t ignore him on purpose, but I don’t gravitate towards him either.

I’ve only seen the movie and have not read the book, so I have no idea how much they both compare, although I’m told they differ in that the book has the story being told from a different characters perspective in each chapter, whereas in the movie Brad Pitt is the constant presence.

WWZ is the zombie movie for people who don’t like zombie movies. I say that because I think that most people, when they think of zombie movies, think of blood and guts and lots and lots of gore. This is certainly true of the George Romero versions, the Zach Snyder remake of Romero’s “Dawn of the Dead” and 28 Days Later and 28 Weeks Later.

WWZ doesn’t have any gore, not that I can recall. In fact, in several places where they could easily have been in some gore, they drag the victim behind a car or a desk. You still understand what’s going on, but they don’t show it to you. Instead, they focus on the story and the increasing madness of the world-wide disaster that is unfolding before out eyes.

This is a refreshing change from the usual gore genre and puts WWZ in a rare space as a movie that wants you to take it seriously. The action starts in the first 15 minutes or so and doesn’t really let down. With the exception of one rather implausible scenario, all of Brad Pitt’s escapes from danger are not too far fetched. The virus or whatever it is that is causing the horrific situation is dealt with as a plausible health crisis instead of a mysterious plague from space or something caused by radiation.

The ending while interesting is only a partial victory, because they are planning the possibility of many sequels.

All in all, WWZ is a fun ride, that asks you to take it seriously; or at least as seriously as you can take a zombie movie. Really though, it’s less a zombie movie and more like the movie Contagion, except when the people get sick they seek to spread the contagion through biting.

Rating: 4/5

One thought on “World War Zed [review]

  1. I watched this Wednesday night and was generally pretty impressed, even if it isn’t nearly as indepth with the political analysis that apparently defines the book (it definitely is still there for the U.S., Korea, and Israel). I particularly loved what ended up being the secret to victory because, without giving any spoilers, it seemed to line up nicely with Christian themes.

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