It was pretty much a given that I'd see this film opening weekend, wasn't it?
After all, I've spoken about my man-love of zombies for years now. I don't know what it is about those adorable, shambling, undead cuties, but since i first saw the original Dawn of the Dead back in the 80's, i have loved loved LOVED me some zombie goodness.
My biggest gripe about zombies nowadays is that it's just not cool to like zombies anymore. Between the zombie TV shows, books, and movies EVERYWHERE you look nowadays, people are starting to roll their eyes and groan whenever a new zombie-themed project is announced.
Last year there was even a movie about a zombie/human LOVE STORY, for gosh sakes!
That's right, "zombies" are apparently the new "vampires".
But you know what? Fuck it. I'm staying on team Jacob (er... i mean, Undead). I've been a die-hard fan since the beginning, and i still love those cute rotting corpses too much to abandon them now.
In case you don't know, World War Z tells the story of a dude played by Brad Pitt (oooo, dreamy!), who finds himself at the center of a worldwide zombie outbreak.
First off, this movie is based off of the Max Brooks novel of the same name, which came out a few years back, that i fucking LOVED.
The issue that many people are having with the movie is that, except for the title, and the fact that people eat each other in it, this movie has absolutely NOTHING to do with the book. Nothing at all. I just don't understand why they would go to the trouble of securing the rights to what was a VERY popular and successful book, and then decide to throw the entire thing away. And believe me, this isn't me being nit picky..... NOTHING from the book, not storyline, nor characters, nor situations, occurs in the movie. It's just bizarre.
This is probably the part of my review where you would expect me to say i hated WWZ, but you know what?
I really really REALLY enjoyed World War Z. The zombies in this film are unlike anything we've seen before. Gone is the zombie behavior that we've grown to know and love.... zombies in the world of WWZ don't shamble over to their prey and begin slowly to dine on their victims brains.
No, the zombies in World War Z are a massive, chaotic ball of energy, exhibiting a virus-like hive mentality. Simply put, they run at you really fast, quickly bite you to infect you, and then jump away looking for their next victim. Ten seconds later, the newly bitten person turns into a zombie, and joins the group to begin biting on their own. It's an interesting take on a theme that has become kinda stale.
And damn, does it make for some great action scenes. The attacks on Philadelphia and Israel were so chaotic and fast paced that they put you on the edge of your seat.
The rumor is that Brad Pitt championed this film because he is one of the highest paid actors in history that doesn't have a film franchise under his belt, and this is planned to be a three-picture trilogy.
After seeing World War Z, that makes this little undead-lover a very happy camper indeed.