Stunt Granny Movie Review: World War Z

World-War-ZOne thing I noticed about zombie movies is that they tend to follow a particular script – a small group of survivors in a relatively tight area dealing with the post-outbreak effects of a ruined society.  Although many metaphors can be and have been made (commercialism, group think, Darwinism, etc), it usually boils down to 6-8 people looking to find refuge from both the undead and their fellow man.   The zombies may follow different rules in regards to infection and movement; the quality may wildly vary – but the stakes normally remain the same.  And for better or worse, it’s been an enjoyable ride.

World War Z breaks those rules.  It’s not a zombie movie, so much as being a suspenseful action movie featuring zombies.  Unlike other films, it’s a true global movie, with an attempt to compare the differing attitudes and measures taken to combat a rapidly growing outbreak.  It also stands out in that it basically takes place during the actual outbreak, instead of focusing on the aftermath.  Unlike a typical zombie movie, it invokes its thrills and scares through tension instead of gore, and for the most part it’s moderately successful.

This is the type of movie in which common sense is rewarded, and idealism is brutally crushed.  This is a fast paced movie – within the first 10 minutes, the plot and stakes of the movies have been firmly established, with little fluff and less filler.  This is a film in which the main hero is told to assist in a mission to find the cause of the viral outbreak, or being thrown back into the wild, for better or worse.  North Korea decides that the best way to prevent infection is to remove the teeth of all its citizens, and presents this plan as rational and logical. A key character built up as a key to solving the zombie outbreak, is dealt with in a hilarious and shocking fashion. You will see zombies form a human tower to climb walls.  They will take down helicopters, and exist as an undead force of nature overwhelming any obstacle in its path.  These aren’t your Walking Dead zombies, or even your 28 Days Later infected humans with Usain Bolt speed.  These zombies are akin to soldier ants, beautiful and terrifying in its simplicity and tenacity. Above all else, the best way to describe World War Z is a superhero movie.

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