World War Z is a post apocalyptic movie made in 2013 as a film adaptation of Max Brooks’s apocalyptic horror novel published in 2006. The producer of the movie is Brad Pitt, who also plays the role of the main hero of the movie.
If you are a hardcore fan of horror movies you might be disappointed by the un-horrifying storyline of zombie apocalypse survival in World War Z. The heart of the tale is a family story. The movie has plenty of focus on the characters’ emotional plight. World War Z is more than just another zombie movie. I’m a huge fan of horror movies and I loved World War Z despite the fact the zombie apocalypse depicted in the movie is an un-horrifying one. In World War Z we don’t see much of society’s breakdown, as we were used in other zombie movies or post apocalyptic movies. Gerry, the main hero of the movie is a soft and sensitive New Age type of guy, who doesn’t use a gun, enjoys vegetarian food and love to cook for his kids. The PG-13 rating makes the movie suitable for younger teens too. The movie could be decrypted more as a crossover between action adventure and thriller genres rather than a horror movie. That makes World War Z have a wider appeal for the mainstream public, more than a typical zombie movie could have.
World War Z manages to be a good quality and entertaining movie without to use the cliché of a worldwide war against zombies, with lots of blood and scary scenes. The terror comes more from the tome and ideas than from graphic violence. The plot of the movie turns around the character Gerry, a guy who makes a deal to have his family protected if he agrees to return in service for UN. All his actions are meant to make the world a safer place for his family. The film begins with the rioting in the streets seen on TV while Gerry is preparing breakfast for his family. The humans are affected by a global pandemic that spreads through bites. Gerry Lane and his family are racing through the chaos on the streets and the thrilling begins as it’s hard to tell who’s human and who’s zombie. The shaky camera action adds to suspense.
Gerry Lane starts his search for a cure and we follow the hero around the globe. He’s always keeping on touch with his family left home via the satellite phone. Gerry travels from country to country in his quest to find the first of the zombies, the “patient zero”. The movie turns mostly around the character interpreted by Pitt, Gerry Lane, and his story during this apocalyptic time. That makes it less horror but more realistic and deep. The unwillingness of the action hero to wear a weapon is atypical in a world ruled by flesh eating zombies. He is also an atypical hero because he claims himself he’s no hero and he doesn’t have an interest in saving the world but all he wants is to keep safe his loved ones.