World War Z (2013)

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Brad Pitt————————-Gerry Lane
Fana Mokoena—————-Thierry Umutoni
Mireille Enos——————Karin Lane
David Morse——————-Ex-CIA Agent
Pierfrancesco Favino——-W.H.O. Doctor
Ludi Boeken——————-Jurgen Warmbrunn
Matthew Fox——————Parajumper

Directed by Mark Forster
Written by Matthew Michael Carnahan, Drew Goddard, David Lindelof
Based on the novel by Max Brooks

I was first introduced to World War Z when a friend recommended the novel by Max Brooks. I had read one third of the book before I saw the movie. I was enjoying the sharp storyline created by Max Brooks as I read the book. Now after seeing the movie I was thrilled with the intensity created by Mark Forster (Quantum of Solace) the director, he was also able to keep most of the elements of the novel and put together one incredible movie. Gerry Lane is having a regular day driving his kids to school when a police officer smashes the driver side mirror off of his car. This marks the beginning of the first wave of zombies he has seen. He witnesses the transformation of one person into a zombie and it takes roughly twelve seconds. Gerry has two important abilities, he is able to detect small details and he is also incredibly resourceful at staying alive. After getting his family to safety, he is thrown into the fire to help a young scientist solve this plague medically. There is action throughout and some spectacular effects to keep your eyes glued to the screen. Great job bringing this story to life.

Production Budget: $190,000,000

Box Office
Domestic: N/A Not finished run in theater yet.
Worldwide: $

CC Rating: 10 out of 10

Screenplay: I could not find the screenplay.

If you liked this try: I Am Legend, The Stand (Stephen King), 2012 (Roland Emmerich)

 

 

Spoilers (Do not read further if you have not seen the movie)

Early in the movie Brad Pitt hides in an apartment overnight when they try to leave by helicopter the next morning, he has to fight his way to the roof. While climbing the stairs toward the roof they are attacked by zombies, he manages to fight them off, but in the process gets some zombie blood in his mouth. After the last one is killed he runs to the ledge of the apartment and starts counting to twelve. He is not sure if he has been infected, but if he had been infected he was going to jump off the roof and save his family. This was an amazing scene in the movie and I think truly establishes the character of Gerry Lane as a completely noble man. Well done Mark Forster.

There is also a long sequence in Israel where they have built a huge wall to keep the zombies out. They had decided ahead of time that if 9 people thought that possible trouble was to be ignored it was the duty of tenth person to take the opposite view. Everyone had thought the whole idea of zombies was insane but Jurgen Warmbrunn was forced to take the opposite view and had the wall constructed as fast as possible. They had heard of zombies in other countries and by the time the epidemic had reached them they had their fortress completed. I liked the fact that this was in the movie, because it was presented very well in the book. This shows that the movie is a pretty good adaptation of the novel.