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Salvaging Act by Pitt and Forster,
This review is from: World War Z [DVD] (DVD)
'World War Z' is an apocalyptic zombie film that released in 2013 and received mainly positive ratings. The box-office outcome was a success making more than double its budget, which was about $190 million. Good result for the producers who were worried after the estimated budget of $125 million had increased by $65 million. The film is an adaptation of the 2006 novel of the same name, authored by Max Brooks.
The film stars Brad Pitt as Gerry Lane who is tasked by the military to help find a way to halt a worldwide zombie pandemic.
Lets start with the rumors of production problems that plagued the feature. Apparently there were casting issues, the script was rewritten and the climax re-shot. The main talking point has been the ending. The original twelve minute ending was shot in a large scale with Pitt heroically battling zombies in Moscow. The ending was scrapped to shadow the political aspects in favor of turning the final product into an appealing summer blockbuster. All the problems pointed to a disastrous outcome. Luckily, the movie had enough substance to overcome the obstacles. As a result, the sequel is being planned.
So, after me faffing so much, my final verdict is, I liked it. The opening act is terrific and there is non-stop action set in impressive imagery. There are suffering in the form of a generic plot and non-existent blood or gore which you'd think is an essential element of the genre. The special effects executed on the zombies who are shown to have frightening mannerisms compensates. Now for the climax, which should've been explosive, it doesn't fit in with the rest of the film. I was expecting a war (the title even says war) and Pitt kicking serious zombie butt. Funnily, I wasn't disappointed. The finale was more like a low budget old-school style approach, using silence and atmosphere to create heightened suspense and eeriness. I really enjoyed the thrilling final act, even though it felt like a separate movie.
The acting from most actors is weak with not much character development. Some of the zombies had more character. Brad Pitt does a good job as the main protagonist and takes you along for a ride in hell. Pitt's screen presence and smart character keeps everything together. Daniella Kertesz as an Israeli soldier also puts in a strong performance after her entry in the latter stages, very convincing.
Marc Forster does a brilliant job to salvage the movie in the midst of numerous unwanted production uncertainties. He must've kept his cool. Probably not his fault, but the end result does not in any way justify the $190 million budget.
'World War Z' is a disaster movie saved from a literal disaster. It has the zombie factor.