Watch World War Z Online For those readers who love to hate my movie reviews (yes, I know so many of you do), prepare yourselves. In the past two months, I have seen “Fast and Furious 6” and “Man of Steel,” both of which were, not surprisingly, fan favorites.
So it was my expectation that another mindless piece of escapist entertainment, “World War Z,” would bear yet another scathing review and even more scathing responses. Except, to my surprise, I have no scathing criticisms to provide.
Watch World War Z Online Free The movie, based on the novel by Max Brooks, stars Brad Pitt as Gerry Lane, a retired United Nations employee attempting to keep his family safe during the zombie apocalypse. Admittedly, the movie doesn’t offer much in the way of new innovations. It is basically standard zombie movie fare, minus most of the blood and gore.
Keeping it PG-13, director Marc Forster (who directed 2008’s abysmal “Quantum of Solace”) does a commendable job of portraying violence in a simultaneously visceral, classy and reserved manner. Indeed, one of the most significant accomplishments here is that “World War Z” is an elegant zombie movie.
Watch World War Z Movie The storyline does meander. I sense that they have diverged from the novel because it is clear that the movie plot is a bit thin. Quite simply, the apocalypse begins (there isn’t much explaining done besides some ambiguous liberal intimations that it has something to do with climate change), and Pitt keeps his family on the run. They are kept safe on a military warship, but Pitt is soon called back into action, traveling the globe in search of a cure. No surprises here. As with every cinematic protagonist, no matter where he is, something goes terribly wrong.
There are some absurd moments in the film. An airplane sequence is absolutely mindless and contradicts reality in many more ways than one. Nevertheless, unlike most action movies, it always manages to remain interesting, purely because its true strengths do not lie in its action scenes.
Watch World War Z Movie Online “World War Z” should not be an action movie. Indeed, it works better as a thriller. And therein lies the secret to its success. The movie balances idiotic action sequences with nerve-wracking moments of tension. The real secret to making this a decent movie is the fact that the reliance is not on explosions, car chases or mind-numbing fight scenes. In spite of its big budget and its dreadful CGI, “World War Z” works because of its quietest moments.
Unlike those in “Fast and Furious 6” and “Man of Steel,” we care about these characters. Pitt is a father fighting desperately to keep his family safe. We see the emotional toll that his journey takes on his wife and his children. This is at its core a human drama, and it is all the more frightening as a result.
Watch World War Z Online The average horror film fails to work because, more often than not, as audience members, we actually dislike the characters. Who cares if some loudmouth of a teenager is suddenly attacked by a knife-wielding psychopath? Nobody. But it’s hard not to care what happens to Pitt in “World War Z.” We realize what is at stake, but we are not focused on the fate of mankind so much as the fate of one family.
The final frame is needlessly sentimental, but nevertheless, “World War Z” remains the best movie I have seen in theaters in months, and for that I suppose I am thankful. In no way is it a masterpiece. It likely will not stand the test of time as a culturally significant movie.
It provokes very little in the way of thought. It is purely an entertaining movie, and as such, I appreciated it. With regard to its political messages, I was not quite so appreciative, but as I always try to do with movies, I shall look past the stale liberal rhetoric. And I will recommend “World War Z.”