Quick Thoughts on World War Z (the movie)

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.

wwz_cover_lgI 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.

 

Users feedback ( 3 )

  1. A Dodgy Bloke says:

    I would agree WWZ is a good watch I saw it when it first came out, I was curious after seeing the trailers. I also read the book and got it for my nephew he liked it also. Seeing the trailers it was pretty obvious it was going to be nothing like the book. It’s a shame they where not true to the book, again I’m curious as to the reasons they paid Max Brooks a boat load of money and did what they did.

    • Megaton says:

      Yeah, I don’t think it cost more than a few million for the movie rights to the book, but I think they would have avoided a lot of negative press, at least among die-hard fans of the book, if they had just avoided any tie-in at all.

      • Matthew1966 says:

        I watched the film with no real expectactions for many of the reasons you have listed i.e the only thing it share in common with the book was the title. But as a piece of ‘popcorn’ PA it was rather good. Ok, plot holes big enough to drive horse through but all in all, I enjoyed it.

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