World War Z was based on the book World War Z by Max Brooks. When I first heard about a movie being made based on Max Brooks book World War Z, I couldn't have been more excited about zombie movie news. After some time passed I kept hearing about issues with them finding and keeping a director and I had started to worry about them actually getting the movie done. Once they were finally able to get all that sorted out they released a trailer for the film. I went from being excited to suddenly feeling like someone had screwed it up. Here is the trailer to the film so you have an idea as to what I'm about to refer to.
Now that you've had a chance to see the trailer I'm going to talk a little about what worried me. If you read the book you'll notice that it's not following the book 100%. The book is a compilation of interviews with people after the actual epidemic. The movie takes place during it. I understood why they approached it that way for the idea of following one story instead of multiple stories. If the followed the book 100% it would have been setup like a documentary instead. The next and the biggest issue I had when I saw the trailer was that the zombies ran. I follow the George A. Romero thought process as to how zombies should walk. On top of that in the book World War Z, the zombies didn't run, they walked, and/or shambled, and staggered. So as you can see I was worried they were going to ruin something I genuinely enjoyed reading.
Here is a little synopsis of World War Z from IMDB.com before I give my review: United Nations employee Gerry Lane traverses the world in a race against
time to stop the Zombie pandemic that is toppling armies and
governments, and threatening to destroy humanity itself.
Now that I was finally able to see World War Z in theaters I can finally give my opinion of the movie as a whole. The actual story wasn't bad, it keep you engaged and at the edge of your seat. It also wasn't a bad approach to stick with one story line to follow that happened during the actual event as opposed to the book. At least I understand why it was approached that way. Ignoring the idea of the running zombie, the CG of the zombie hordes wasn't the worst I've seen, and they used it sparingly which helped to suspend your disbelief of it all. The actual "jump" moments were done pretty well also, I don't usually jump from one of the cheap scare but I did it a couple times in World War Z. Overall I have to give World War Z a 4
out of 5, I actually enjoyed watching it from beginning to the end, and I'll definitely be picking it up on blu-ray when it comes out.