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Production on Brad Pitt's new zombie drama, World War Z had a tough run, but will fans ultimately be pleased with the outcome when it finally hits theaters on June 21st?
I got a chance to sit in on a screening of World War Z, and I wasn't quite sure what to expect going in because of how much bad buzz there originally was around this movie. There were apparently weeks of reshoots, a script that had to be re-written, and a budget that had spiraled out of control, and many had lost all hope that this movie was even going to get finished, much less be worth watching. So, I'm sitting there, with my popcorn and my low expectations, and after about 5 minutes in, I found myself trying to abstain from spilling my popcorn because I was jumping so high out of my seat from sheer terror. And, I must say, I was really pleasantly surprised at how good this movie turned out to be. Now here's a little disclaimer. I enjoy zombie movies generally, but Im no zombie expert. So, I'm not the person that's upset that the zombie is "running" because "zombies don't run." And if that is you, then that's totally fine, but you should know that this probably won't feel like a zombie movie to you, because these boogers are flying through the air with Superhero strength, among other zombie faux pas
And also if you are looking for a gore fest with lots of blood and guts, you aren't gonna find it here. The film is rated PG-13, and any scene with gore potential is short lived once the initial zombie attack starts. However, I really think that this was a solid movie . It follows Brad Pitt's character, who is a retired UN ambassador, who quit his job at the height of his career to spend time with his family. After this unknown viral pandemic hits the globe, Pitt is forced to leave his family to go out and search for clues on why this whole mess started, so that he can help find a way to stop it. The one thing that I loved about World War Z is that it wastes no time in getting to the point, and the crazy action starts within the first five minutes of the movie. And it kept me on the edge of my seat, literally, for most of the beginning of the movie. There are a couple of things in the third act of the movie that kinda make you have to suspend reality just a little too much, in my opinion, but if you're willing to go with it, you will stay engaged the whole time.
I thought the cinematography was great, and I really loved looking at the destruction of the world through director Marc Forester's camera lens. There were several aerial wide shots that really were effective in setting up this zombie take over in such a terrifying and believable way. And the other great thing I loved about this was that these zombies were quirky, in a very scary AND very entertaining way. Forester picks some interesting moments to feature some of the undead's manerisms that I think will have you all laughing...in enjoyment. Sure, the CGI wasn't the greatest I've ever seen, but honestly it didn't bother me at all while I was watching it. And sure, the premise of this movie isn't mind blowing, we've seen similar films made in this genre before, but I thought they did a great job especially considering the confines of the PG-13 parameters. My one big complaint. There is a voiceover at the end of the movie, which alludes to the fact that "the fight isn't over" and "there's still more to be done" and if these guys are still trying to set this thing up as a trilogy, which was once rumored, I am going to be really disappointed. We've seen all that we need to see, and I don't think a second movie will be as good or do well at the box office. So, I would encourage you to put World War Z on your list of must sees, and I am going to give is a B+. It is a great time, and I think that you are going to be really pleased with how this one turned out. Ok, so now it's your turn to chime in on this. Are you all excited to see World War Z in theaters? Or are you gonna wait and watch it on Netflix? Let us know what you're thinking, and give us your thoughts on the movie once you do watch it! Thank you all so much for sticking with us here at ClevverMovies. From our headquarters, in Hollywood, Im Erin White, and Ill see you soon!