Title: World War Z Director: Marc Forster Year: 2013 Run time: 1 hr 56 mins
I was in two minds about this one. I was curious at Brad Pitt in the role, as it didn’t really seem like his kind of film. I was intrigued by the trailer, but then slightly put off by some of the mixed reviews it got. I didn’t think we would ever get round to watching it, as it’s not Mr C’s type of film really. But he was feeling brave, so we settled down to find out about a new breed of zombies.
3:05 - Any time we see Damon Lindelof’s name, we groan. Doesn’t matter what he does right in the future, he’s still in our bad books. 5:14 - I’d quite like pancakes as made by Brad Pitt. 8:36 - How can all four of them be okay after a multiple-car pileup at that speed? 10:48 - It’s the bone-cracking noises that always get me. 13:54 - “What do you mean we’ve lost Boston?” 16:30 - How quickly civilisation self-destructs is incredible. In film-land, obviously. 20:44 - This is where a bunker would come in really handy. 22:25 - Gaffa tape fixed everything… including zombies! 23:56 - “Be ninja-quiet.” 27:24 - Lemming zombies. 42:30 - The virologist quite literally failed at the first hurdle. 50:33 - If Brad was the hotshot agent they’ve been making him out to be, he would have thought of the phone thing. 55:06 - I don’t really believe Israel would let them in. 58:38 - “Every human being we save is one less we need to fight.” 1:10:21 - Building a big wall becomes an issue when the thing you are trying to keep out gets inside. 1:19:36 - Oop, zombie strike. 1:25:26 - Harsh to believe your husband is dead/MIA and get kicked off the base as well. 1:27:16 - Peter Capaldi in Cardiff. Whodathunkit. 1:36:06 - Oh, there’s always a bottleneck that needs sealing up - ten pounds says someone doesn’t make it back. 1:39:23 - These zombies make noises like dinosaurs. 1:47:26 - It’s like Russian Roulette, with zombies and deadly diseases. 1:52:05 - You’ve got to be some kind of brave to walk into a river of zombies like that.
This was really more disaster movie than horror, and you know how I love a good disaster movie. There were a few moments to make you jump, and some gory bits that made me look away from the screen, but overall it was more about the destruction of earth than anything else. It was filled with plot holes, particularly the second half - although we later discovered Lindelof had come in and rewritten the third act, which explained one of our major gripes with the film (why the plane managed to crash land just outside where it was supposed to land).
I thought the zombies scrambling up the wall like ants was really well done, and a very powerful image. There were predictable bits but a couple of surprises as well, and so it was a very watchable and enjoyable movie - I’m glad we took the plunge!