World War Z, directed by Marc Forster, is based on the cult comic book/graphic novel of the same name by Max Brooks. It’s a fascinating movie, where special effects are used with great effect to bring out the horror. After briefly introducing some of the main characters and hinting at what is about to follow, the film moves from calm dread to full-scale apocalypse in a rapid rate. No corner of the earth seems safe. Anarchy rules and the American Dream is now about keeping yourself and your family safe.
Gerry Lane (Brad Pitt) goes back to his job as a researcher for the United Nations. He traverses the world, with military backup, in search of the source of the zombie plague, and for chinks in the fast spreading epidemic. He is motivated by the knowledge that the military is helping his family only because he is “essential staff”. His family will be sent away from a particular safe location if he refuses to do his job, or is unable to complete his assignment or is killed.
No country on any continent is too far to travel to. Running and fighting are part of his assignment. But as Gerry learns, in engagement after engagement the humans are losing ground to the undead. The enemy is aggressive, difficult to kill, and has superior numbers.
Finally, Pitt who has observed them all around the globe finds a pattern that others have missed. Together with a soldier and some scientists, he takes on a group of zombies, and gets hold of a solution. And finally the world’s militaries are able to turn the tide.
Rating: The cure seems to be too simplistic. I was like, really? really? But if you ignore the ending it’s an 8/10, mostly for the special effects.