I love Max Brooks' World War Z, and I would love to see it on screen someday. Unfortunately, despite the title, the movie recently released on blu-ray with World War Z splashed across the cover doesn't count. But even though it may not scratch the WWZ itch, it's not really a bad movie.
My opinion of Word War Z the film is shaped by these facts:
- Brooks' novel is my favorite zombie book of all time, and one of my favorite books in general.
- The movie is nothing at all like the book, and wasting the screen rights on this film is a shame.
- I don't especially like zombie movies or books (except for the post-apocalyptic'ness of them).
- Related to that is the fact that I much prefer fast zombies vs traditional shamblers. 28 Days Later is my favorite "zombie" movie ever (and yes, I know they weren't zombies).
With all that being said, I really liked this movie. No, it has nothing to do with the novel, but as long as you can get over that, or if you've never read the novel, then it's a pretty good fast-zombie apocalypse. I liked the level and intensity of the action, and yes, it's not likely that Pitt's character would actually survive all of those situations, but if he didn't there wouldn't be a movie to make out of it.
I definitely think it's worth the watch, and while I wouldn't be upset if they never make a sequel, I would definitely watch one if they did. I wouldn't buy it, but it's worth a rental, and will be a no-brainer when it hits Netflix.