I got a chance to see Brad Pitt‘s World War Z film this past weekend. The movie is reportedly based on Max Brooks novel World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War. I really enjoyed the book, so I should enjoy the movie, right?
So there’s this running joke going on that the only thing the book and the film have in common is the title. The problem is it’s not a joke, it’s the truth. They share the title, the disease being labelled as “rabies” in the beginning, the nickname of the zombies being “Zeke” for the military guys, and that dogs have a sensitivity to them. Whereas the book’s focus is on the socio-political effects the film is a typical man must race against time to find a cure storyline.
The movie, as a stand alone storyline, is okay. The focus is about an ex-United Nations Investigator who ends up in Philadelphia when the dead rise to eat again. He’s able to flee with his family to Newark where they are extracted to ships at sea. In order to allow his family passage on the over crowded ship he needs to don his UN investigative skills again and goes on the search for “Patient Zero“. The search takes him across the globe in a variety of action sequences peppered by lulls. There are definitely some scenes that pop and made me jump in my seat. There were also some scenes that were just snooze fest material. This isn’t an adrenaline pounder by any means.
One of the things I was a little shocked at was how ungraphic the movie actually was. I know it may seem too easy to draw a comparison to The Walking Dead, so I won’t. Comparing it to Game of Thrones, this movie gets a G-Rating. At least when Jamie Lannister lost his hand, they showed it. While I don’t pretend to understand the reasoning (other than the MPAA may have slapped it with an NC-17) it creates a lackluster spectacle.
I would have much preferred seeing the stories from the book told, especially the Battle of Yonkers, but I’ll take what I can get. What I got was okay for storyline but sub-par graphically when compared to regular television.