World War Z
Directed by: Marc Forster
Written by: Matthew Michael Carnahan, Drew Goddard & Damon Lindelof (screenplay), Max Brooks (novel)
Starring: Brad Pitt, Mireille Enos, Daniella Kertesz and James Badge Dale
There is no grand re-imagining of the zombie movie with this adaptation of Max Brooks’ critically acclaimed World War Z. Despite the hype and the presence of Brad Pitt, it is almost disarmingly straight-forward. A contagion is spreading, turning everyone into zombies, there is a cure somewhere and a man must go find it. And he does. And that’s pretty much it.
Director Marc Forster ensures that it’s quite a thrilling ride, opting for frantic, well-choreographed action sequences than flesh-ripping. By the end, though, it felt like a story that, while sincere, was ignorant of the fact that this movie has been made fairly continuously for the past few decades. It doesn’t do something new with the idea of zombies, the filming technique is similar to the frantic style of 28 Days Later but on a larger and less gory scale.