[Movie Review] World War Z (2013) ★★★★☆

Gerry Lane and his family on the street in the middle of the chaos outbreak in World War Z 2013

World War Z is a thrilling roller coaster zombie ride. 

World War Z is a disaster action movie filled with raging and fast running zombies. It’s an edge of your seat spectacle wholly carried by the broad shoulders of Brad Pitt. Full of action, suspense, thrilling scenes and running zombies, it knows how to entertain and doesn’t forget the moving touch displayed by his family without becoming too sentimental. It’s a solid action film that is worth a watch, and will increase your heart rate.


When a zombie outbreak has become real, Gerry Lane and his family must seek shelter. Due to his former UN job he and his family and a little boy Tommy are saved, but it comes at a price. With a special team he has to fly to South Korea to investigate a probable source, or where at least the word ‘zombie’ first turned up, in oder to keep his family save. It takes him half way round the world in search of a cure, while destruction follows him everywhere. 

Why you should watch it

From the start this film forces you to the edge of your seat. It’s a fast paced ride, where Gerry is never save, and zombies are on his tail. That’s the strength of the film. The tension can be relentless with only a few moments respite before it rushes into gear again. From bike riding in South Korea, to a seemingly save Jeruzalem, a crashing airplane and finally a WHO centre in Cardiff filled with zombie scientists.

It’s a great rush and while some actions are logically taken, some plot devices serve the plot to create action, suspense and dire circumstances for Gerry. It’s highly improbable for Gerry and Segen to be the sole survivors of a plane crash, but undeniably logical for the film to display some very exciting and terrifying scenes. 

The zombies, who keep making biting motions with their teeth making an irritating noise as well, is a fun zombie gimmick especially when Gerry is locked up in the WHO centre and a zombie is on to him. Overall the zombies look great, at least the real actors who have spent some time in makeup. But some CGI zombies can look a little outdated, but this interferes hardly with the thrilling moments. 

The zombies are fast and they are with many, sometimes even building a living undead pyramid to climb walls, which is an original ploy of both the zombies and the creators of the film. 

While there is a lot of room for action sequence upon action sequence, the importance of Gerry’s family gives a heart to the film, a strong incentive without overdoing it and making it too sentimental. They act rationally, smart, loving but also considerate to others. Which makes them a fresh family that doesn’t act irrationally to create more tension or horror. 

My favorite part

The best part is the beginning. When Gerry and his family are in the car and all hell breaks loose. It is refreshing to see the main characters act rational and know exactly how to react and behave.

The scene where he picks up his daughter’s teddybear that starts counting to twelve, which proves to be the same amount of time it takes from bite to turn full on zombie and Gerry has watched this happen very carefully, is smartly done. This start, the way they react together, and try to convince the other family to come with them shows immediately with what kind of people we are dealing with and it is a good predictor how the rest of the film will develop. 

It’s a heartbreaking moment when Tommy is brave enough to go after them and is saved, but witnessing his parents getting shot. He is immediately taken in by Gerry and his family and that is heartwarming to see. 

But the plane crash, the gates of hell that are opened in Jeruzalem and the vicious scientist zombies are evenly great and thrilling. The whole film is just one big thrill ride from start till finish. 


Rating: ★★★★☆

Thrill factor: ★★★★★

Entertainment factor: ★★★★★

Cast and crew

World War Z is based on the novel of the same name written by Max Brooks published in 2006. It is directed and written by Marc Forster and cowritten by Matthew Michael Carnahan, Drew Goddard, Damon Lindelof. It stars Brad Pitt (Gerry), Mireille Enos (Karin), Daniella Kertesz (Segen) and Fana Mokoena (Thierry).

Duration: 116 minutes. Music: Marco Beltrami. Cinematography: Ben Seresin, Robert Richardson. Edited by: Roger Chopin, Matt Chesse. Produced by: Ian Bryce, Dede Gardner, Jeremy Kleiner, Brad Pitt. Production companies: Paramount Pictures, Skydance Media, Hemisphere Media Capital, GK Films, Plan B Entertainment, 2DUX, Apparatus Productions, Latina Pictures. Distributed by: Paramount Pictures. 

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