We have seen many zombie apocalypse movies over the last ten years, from the silly Shaun of the Dead to the very serious and graphic Resident Evil series, both live action and animated, but World War Z just blows all of them away. The plots is very different from other zombie movies, and this rollercoaster of a ride will keep you hanging on for dear life until the very end. You will go on a trip around the world that starts in Philadelphia and ends in roundabout in Nova Scotia.
What starts out as a peaceful school day in the home of Gerry (Brad Pitt) and Karen (Mireille Enos) Lane with a fun breakfast of pancakes with a side of CNN goes haywire en route to school when there is a traffic jam, and suddenly explosions go off everywhere. Cars are pretty much driving themselves through the traffic, and injuries and death from the uncontrollable machines are just the beginning. Beyond the sea of cars, the zombies approach, and Gerry and Karen grab their kids, and Constance (Sterling Jerins) and Rachel (Abigail Hargrove) and head for safety until the chaos dies down. What the zombies do not know is that there is a secret way to defeat them scattered about in many societies, and the survivors are put to the test to find out what it is. That is where Gerry Lane comes into play. He is no ordinary man, but a retired United Nations investigator, and he is about to be recalled into duty, if he and his family can survive long enough to get to his former bosses.
The family manages to make it to the top of an apartment building in Philly, after many close calls and with the help of a young local boy, Tomas (Fabrizio Zacharee Guido) whose parents have become one of the afflicted. They are taken to a converted oil tanker in the Atlantic that has become a floating refugee camp away from the dangers on land. From here, Gerry is given his new orders and gets the promise from his former boss, Thierry Umutoni (Fana Mokoena), that his family will be safe. He is then transported to where it all began, in a South Korean army based where a local doctor was researching patient zero, and it all broke loose.
The zombies are attracted to sound, so to work around their senses, Gerry puts together a team to find out what happened, and stealth and speed are the operative words in everything they do until they come across another discovery that will take them to Israel, a walled-in country, and a place of pure safety, or so it seems until a very happy crowd celebrates too loudly and causes the zombies to invade their highly protected land. This is where Gerry learns what it takes to defeat the zombies, but has no way to truly test it. With the aid of Israeli combatant Segen (Daniella Kertesz), and the W.H.O. team at an office in Cardiff, they find the surprising solution that could be as dangerous as the zombie affliction itself.
There have been so many zombie movies and video games flooding the markets these days, and their popularity is pretty amazing, wherein the thrill is not so much in encountering zombies as shooting them down, but this variation in the theme, using the most humble and simple of solutions to take down a worldwide threat, not unlike in War of the Worlds. This Halloween season, you will have many choices in horror films, and if a zombie movie is on your agenda, go with World War Z. You will not be disappointed.
I give this film a Musing review of