Mini-Review of World War Z #wwz

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If you have lived under a rock and away from pop culture for the past decade, you have missed the rise of Zombies in media. There is the Walking Dead, among other things. A few years ago, there was this book, ]], that took a different angle. The world had won its war against zombies and was now recovering. I haven’t read it, and not likely will, so I have no frame of reference to match the story lines, although friends have assured me it is vastly different.

I do not really care about giving away spoilers here. You and I both know that most movies will wrap up outbreaks and plagues before the credits. Just so you know. Don’t expect a trilogy here, although since Hollywood  is running out of ideas, you might see an undeserved sequel.

In the end, the movie is one long series of action sequences. There is little emotion attached to it, although there is plenty of suspense. You keep hoping they will find the cure at the next spot, but they don’t. This keeps the movie going for a while, and rightfully, it ends right before this gets too tedious.

From the theological standpoint, the enemy is not supernatural — good or evil. Indeed, you have seen the enemy before, in another movie – The Event. Yes, the same twist in that movie is the same twist here, although not so easily stated. So, I guess the real enemy in the movie is…

The zombies aren’t scary. They are smart and fast. They are like ants. Unfortunately, they aren’t even scary to look at. At one point, repeatedly, the audience laughed at how they look.

Simply put, this is a good summer movie, but doubtful one that will make a lasting impact.

The gore is kept to a minimum, as are the biting parts. This has less fear than the Walking Dead.

Anyway, I guess 3.5 stars out of 5.

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5 Replies to “Mini-Review of World War Z #wwz”

  1. I listened to the audiobook (which I later found was abridged). It’s nothing like a set of action sequences. That movie would have been in a documentary format.

    Also, the significance of fast zombies vs. slow zombies tells me something. Slow zombies are usually used for storytelling and personal interaction stories. Fast zombies are just action. The book used slow zombies, and that was a very important part of the story. Quislings and Ferals might be fast. Zombies never were.

    Very disappointing.

    I’ll see the movie eventually when it’s available at home. No way I’m shelling out the money to see it in a theater.

  2. Compared to Walking Dead (which my husband and I barely got through two episodes because it was so gory) this was much less to stomach.

    I did feel that a fabulous “flash mob” of zombies when I walked out of the theater would be fun.

    But as a Christian there were a few things that stuck out to me, particularly when the doctor guy said that Mother Nature is a Serial Killer.

    It made me think about how Satan’s weakness are masked with an aura of strength. And our weakness is our true strength because Christ’s power can rest on us.

    I don’t think the movie is an all time hit, but that one particular conversation definitely had me thinking.

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