Brad Pitt usually doesn't make average movies. Well, there's a first time for everything. His latest starring vehicle is just that. World War Z is the latest feature to cash in on the unending zombie trend of the last 5 years with a film that seems like it's going to be awesome but falls flat in its final moments. The film plays out over multiple landscapes and unrelenting action sequences but ultimately never delivers the excellence we've come to expect from Mr. Pitt. World War Z was a great idea and a nice twist on the zombie genre, but it never completely delivers on the epic scale that the trailers promised.
When the film was first announced, people really wondered how the book could ever be transposed to a summer blockbuster. I never read the book, so I can't really comment about that. But overall, it seems that there may have been something lost in the transition from paper to screen. While it's not a bad film by any means, it just seems that the production lost focus and couldn't deliver an original or fulfilling conclusion. An hour and a half of build up leads to a scenario ripped right from I Am Legend. Many other similarities could be noted between the two films, but the ending was just a sad reminder of a much better movie starring Will Smith.
World War Z should have been allocated to a fall release when it wouldn't have to battle such heavy hitters like the Man of Steel. Zombie enthusiasts will find a lot to like about this movie, but might end up a little reluctant to add it to their list of favorite genre entries. The movie is a just above average effort that could have been a lot better had more time been focused on rounding out the final moments with something more effective than a montage and a standard monologue explaining what just happened.
Comparisons will be made to several other films including 28 Days Later or I Am Legend. Just know one thing: Both of those had something better and unique to offer.
-Review by Chris George