World War Z the movie is exactly nothing like the book. Nevertheless, I absolutely loved it. The movie was only rated PG-13, so it lacked the excess blood and guts that’s typically found in zombie movies. I did have a few issues with the movie, but I’ll start with the good parts. First of all, I am now head-over-heels in love with Daniella Kertesz, who played an Israeli soldier named Segen. I don’t want to give away anything, but she was a total bad ass (she’s up there with Merle Dixon and Ash Williams – hint, hint). I really appreciated the fact that they didn’t over sexualize the female sidekick, which happens far too often in action movies.
I wasn’t sure how I would feel about the lightning-fast zombies, but it actually worked. I must admit, I’m a fan of slow-moving zombies, and I have always preferred them over the running corpses. However, because there was a lack of gore, there really needed to be something that set these undead individuals apart. So making the zombies move fast was a good call. One different thing about World War Z was that the zombies didn’t seem to be eating their victims. They just bit them and then went on their merry, undead way. The point of biting their victims was to spread the zombie virus rather than to quench their desire for human flesh.
One issue I had with the movie is something that has always bothered me about zombie stories. The vast majority of zombie movies and books have at least one rape scene, which is highly disturbing. I do understand that post-apocalyptic times will come with a lawless society, and I’m sure cases of violence, raping, and pillaging will increase. However, I feel like the almost-rape scene in World War Z was completely out of place. Gerry Lane (Brad Pitt), his wife, and two daughters were raiding a grocery store, and they split up to gather pharmaceuticals and food. It was only two hours into the zombie apocalypse, mind you, and already there were two men who had Gerry’s wife on the ground, trying to have their way with her. Really? Two hours? I would think that most people (even the rapists) would be more concerned with gathering food and weapons during the first few hours of the apocalypse. That was probably my biggest issue with the movie. Next time, just leave out the rape.
Overall, I think World War Z was a great movie, and it was worth the wait. I’m sure it will make back the $200 million it took to make the movie (I went to the 5:10 p.m. screening, and it was packed). Honestly, World War Z is not a zombie movie that I’d want to watch over and over again (like Shaun of the Dead or Zombieland), but I am glad that I saw it in the theater. This movie is definitely worth the extra money it costs to see it on the big screen!
I give World War Z 4.5 out of 5 brains.