This highly anticipated film produced by and starring Brad Pitt was a hit with our KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, Raven D (age 15) who found thought the zombie theme was becoming a bit redundant but enjoyed it’s fresh approach. As a grandparent, I have to say that I don’t have a particular fondness of zomie movies but, after reading Raven’s review, decided I might just have to check it out. Read below or watch her video review and decide for yourself. Here full review follows.
In World War Z, a zombie pandemic has broken out and is consuming a large majority of the world’s population. But these zombies are like no other. Their goal isn’t to eat people, but it is to spread the virus to as many sustainable hosts as possible. Because of the rapid growth of the infected, the fate of the humans looks grim. Former United Nations employee Gerry Lane, played by Brad Pitt, is recruited to accompany scientists on a dangerous journey to find the source of the pandemic in order to create a cure. Since all it takes is one infected host to destroy entire cities, every second is a life or death situation for Gerry. Will he be able to change the fate of the human race, or will time run out?
I am actually very impressed with this film. Zombie movies seem to be such a big thing right now and they’ve honestly become a bit redundant. “World War Z” however brings a very fresh approach to the idea of “zombies” which really made this film. I think the special effects and 3D are very well done in this movie. I want to give huge props to the makeup department in this film because the zombie makeup is incredible. The way the prosthetics truly make the actors look sick and completely out of it is great. I also really enjoy the original music composed by Marco Beltrami. It has a very modern feel to it and is actually something I would listen to. It keeps a consistent melody through the film, making the scenes flow, while also fitting the mood of each individual scene very well.
My favorite scene would have to be when Gerry is in Jerusalem and the zombies attack. This is the scene when they all pile on top of each other to get over the walls. I think it is very visually impressive to see the detail of all those bodies scrambling over one another. It’s also a very suspenseful scene and it really shows that all it takes is one or two zombies to infect and wipe out an entire thriving community. Within minutes the whole city is infected and it is a very fast paced, memorable scene.
My favorite character is Segen played by Daniella Kertesz. She is a soldier stationed as a guard in Jerusalem who partners up with Gerry after the city is attacked. The two of them make an incredible team and I loved to watch their trust in each other grow since they saved each other’s lives. Daniella Kertesz is an incredible actress and her talent really shines through in this role. She can bring so much emotion to the screen with only her facial expressions which is something every great actor should possess.
I recommend this film to everyone ages 13+ because it definitely surpassed my expectations and is very well made, but it does have very intense and graphic situations not suitable for younger audiences. Overall I give “World War Z” 4.5 out of 5 stars, so be sure to check it out in a theater near you!
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