Braaaaaaaiiiins: the writers don’t seem to have them and this movie’s end is one big logic fail
|Brad Pitt and Mireille Enos as Gerry and Karin Lane|
|Daniella Kertesz as Segen the stump|
|Fana Mokoena as Thierry Umutoni|
|with lots of extras and CGI as The Zombies|
Zombies are probably one of the best inventions in the world. The modern iteration of the zombie is free to circumvent the second law of thermodynamics, for they never have to eat, sleep or anything, yet their ability to chase down their prey and spread their illness is limitless. Well, except for the zombies in 28 Days (and Weeks) Later. They actually starve if they don’t eat.
World War Z has zombies that don’t seem to obey physics, but that’s quite alright. The film’s timeline is too short to really see if they do. In any event, Gerry Lane – a former special investigator for the UN – played by Brad Pitt is going about his every day business as a family man in Philadelphia when the zombie attacks reach them. They narrowly escape from Philadelphia, with the helpful assistance of some United Nations helicopters and soldiers armed with assault rifles. The family is then taken to the main United Nations naval fleet in the middle of the ocean and Gerry is told under no uncertain terms that he’d better help fix the problem or his family won’t be guaranteed a safe refuge in the fleet.
So, off Gerry goes and visits some pretty exotic places, like an American military base in South Korea, Jerusalem and…Cardiff. All of this just to find a cure or understand where the outbreak originated. Something, even some way to effectively fight the zombies. He does, admittedly. It wouldn’t be a movie with a decent plot otherwise. I just wish that the possible solution wasn’t as strange as it is. Apparently, the zombies can smell out that certain people have a life threatening or terminal illness. So they don’t go after them. Instead, they go only after the healthy ones. Which is fine, except that the zombies are undead and the undead can’t get sick. So, really there’s a major logic leap here.
In any event, despite the ending feeling a little War of the Worlds, it is a good film. It creates just the right amount of tension, action and the pauses in the action are effective and done at the right moment. It is by no means a scary movie in the classic horror sense. The primary reason is that the zombies are not viewed as a horror movie type of problem, rather as a plague that can be fixed with medical science and technology. That and as you get closer to them, they appear less like scary undead menaces and more like a purely instinctive animal bent on doing its biological programming of spreading the disease it is cursed with.
Hard movie to make because the book is not conducive to it. Still, decent effort.
Should I watch this?
It’s not a traditional scary zombie movie. More of a medical drama mixed with some action. Watch Resident Evil if you like zombie movies.