After months of waiting and salivating, "World War Z" is finally here! Marc Foster takes Max Brooks novel of the same name and gives the big screen a Zombie Apocalypse worthy of praise. I don't know what it is with our passion for dead flesh-eaters, but I must say this quenches the palate. Brad Pitt gets his survival on as Gerry Lane, a retired UN investigator with a knack for getting to the root of world-wide pandemics. Let's Unhinge this puppy, before those zombies outside my house find a way in!
I don't know about you, but I'm glad to see Brad Pitt get back to work. He's pacified us with smaller films like "Killing Them Softly", but it's nice to see him take the reins again in a major motion picture. "Hey Brad, we won't tell Angelina that you've stepped out for a bit, honest". He's noticeably older now, but Pitt's still able to pull out a solid performance.
The basis of the film is that Gerry Lane and his family are blind-sided by a pandemic devouring the world around them. Mass confusion and wide-spread panic propel him and his family through a tainted Philadelphia population that is quickly dwindling in terms of sanity. What do you do when brother is attacking brother and mother is preying on her own son? We don't even want to think of what we'd do in that situation, but for a cool and collected Gerry Lane, it's just another day at the office. Gerry is contacted by his old buddies at the UN and asked to do the impossible. Find the root of this extinction level event!
During the film we are treated to gratuitous carnage, I'm talking biblical servings of Zombie goodness. We've all seen a good zombie film, but most of the time they're just gruesome fun via truckloads of ammunition and flying body parts. This one is different, rather than looking at the undead as a satanic uprising, "World War Z" takes a intellectual stance. If we were to have a realistic Z-Apocalypse what would it be like? After watching this film, I'm sure that a lot of it would be similar to the movie, but with fewer numbers.
Just look at some of the diseases/viruses we have floating around in present day. You have Big Boys like AIDS, Malaria and this H1N1 thing that had hospitals on the ropes for a bit. Each one of these devastators has come from the earth, so whose to say that our Motherland doesn't have a few more tricks to pull out her axis. Swanky deadly tricks, stunts that are outright appalling and detrimental to our very existence. I'm sure there's more to come, but for now I think we have enough to work with, wouldn't you say? This thought brings about a lot of interesting correlations present in some of today's end of the world films.
Have you seen "The Happening" or "Outbreak"? There are several other films like this, but they have a common theme of earthly concoctions taking us out to pasture. Whether it's delivered through an animal bite or a plant, it seems apparent that anytime the good lady is done- we're done. So what can we do to prepare? You can live in an underground bunker eating pork & beans out of your aluminum hat or you can enjoy the time we have left.
Getting a little off topic, but it needed to be said. "World War Z" is a quality film with tons of action and a different perspective on the way we view Zombies. Unhinged Reviews recommends this film for lovers of Apocalyptic events and for those true blue Pitt fans looking to see their hero rise once again.
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