My Review of "World War Z"
Social distancing is very important. So I watched a movie to remind me how it could be way worse.
We have to take any pandemic seriously. I'm sure the Coronavirus is the first time everyone around the world has experienced such a major outbreak. As such, we're all now isolated in our homes keeping our distance from one another to slow the spread of the virus. I'm sure a lot of people must be bored out of their minds. It's a terrible time but we'll get through this.
I wanted to remind myself how it could have been much worse so I decided to watch World War Z that came out back in 2013. From what I remembered, it was an entertaining movie but it's been a long time since I've seen it.
In this movie we have Brad Pitt who plays the main character Gerry Lane. He used to work for the United Nations for something. I didn't really understand what exactly he did but apparently he has crazy observation skills and combat training. It's a Hollywood movie, just go with it.
So Gerry and his family are going to school or something in New York city and they get stuck in traffic. Pretty soon they realize that there's something crazy going on and people are running for their lives. This movie actually goes from 0 to a hundred really fast.
They show how fear and paranoia has affected all of the citizens around them. Luckily for them they coincidentally always bump into nice citizens that are willing to help them get out of their tight situations. Yeah, I know... It's a Hollywood movie, just go with it.
Gerry's fortuitous luck seems to happen throughout the movie. I know that he's going to be okay but the way that they set up the situations are really well done. Despite the fact that it's a Hollywood movie I was still put at the edge of my seat because the set ups were so well done.
They made the zombie's (If you haven't figured out what the Z in the title stood for) pretty frightening. They're really fast, aggressive and somewhat smarter than a lot of other zombie movies and TV shows. This really helped out with the frantic action sequences.
To help with the action sequences they did a ton of CGI to exaggerate the amount of zombies that the characters were running away from. The CGI for the most part still work today. A lot of it is still very good. There are a few moments where the CGI looks kind of out dated but the action is so fast that you don't really notice that much.
As I've seen this movie before, watching it again I noticed that they did sprinkle breadcrumbs throughout the movie to tell the viewer what's going to happen. This was pretty cool as I wasn't sure how I would enjoy this movie this time around.
The cast did a great job in this movie. All of them even the kids did a great job in creating a sense of fear throughout the movie.
Although, this is largely a zombie movie it's about Gerry trying to find a cure for the zombie crisis. I guess that makes it more of a pandemic movie than a zombie movie? I don't know.
What I do know is that this is an entertaining movie and may even bother some because of our social distancing situation today. It did remind me that things could be a lot worse.
Overall, watching this movie 7 years later I still find that this movie holds up. The special effects are surprisingly still good and I still got absorbed into the movie. I'll have to give this movie an 8 out of 10. I would recommend this movie to others especially in the situation that we're in right now. It also kept its entertainment value for me. I could probably watch this movie over and over again.