Movie Review: WORLD WAR Z (2013)

Shah Shahid

Cinephile. Bollywood Connoisseur. Attempted Writer & Editor at Host of Split Screen Podcast (@splitscreen_pod). Member of the Twitterati @theshahshahid. Diagnosed w ADH-- look a dust bunny!

18 Responses

  1. Nick Powell says:

    I didn’t know Goddard did some of the screenplay… Great review to get me rev’d up for the weekend! Still wish the title was different….

    • Shah Shahid says:

      Yea. Apparently. I was surprised too. Goddard usually has his fingers in these apocalyptic stories somehow.

      But given that there’s other credits involving ‘screen story’, I wonder how much input Lindelof & Goddard had.

      Thanks for the compliment and the comment Nick. Much appreciated!

  2. cinenemablog says:

    I hated it. It’s an atrocity and a horrible stain on the zombie genre. Who in their right minds would make a PG-13 zombie movie? Oh, wait…let’s get all the kids to it so we can increase the revenue! Of course, most of the movies are made for money but it would have benefited a lot from gore, blood, entrails and whatnot.

    Plus the plot is all over the place and nonsensical (I read the book a long time ago and I don’t remember recognizing anything from the book in the movie). The acting is heinous: Brad Pitt chews the scenery and the kids are just awful.

    And then there’s the CGI. One of the worst big-budget CGI I’ve ever seen.

    Shame on the people that marred the wonderful book with this asinine vomit.

    Just my two cents 🙂

    • Shah Shahid says:

      Wow. Strong sentiments.I don’t disagree with you completely. I get what you mean on some points. There wasn’t much scope for the CGI I think, except for the Zombie pile up shots, which looked like the scenes from the MATRIX sequels. I found the PG-13 rating, and the absence of gore and blood a refreshing change, given how it’s so unnecessarily overused these days. Especially in Zombie movies. It was different, which I liked.

      I did think Pitt was a lot more subtle than his other performances. How good/bad his performance was is definitely up for debate. I feel the plot jump around too, but it made sense in the end.

      We’re all entitled to our opinion. What was your take on WARM BODIES? I haven’t seen that one yet, but seems like a different take on the genre too.

      Thanks for the comment and stopping by man. Always a pleasure.

      • cinenemablog says:

        Always a pleasure reading your reviews, trust me 🙂

        Haven’t seen Warm Bodies yet but at least in that a bluray of Lucio Fulci’s Zombie Flesheaters makes a cute cameo (it’s in the trailer, if i’m not mistaken).

        I will get around to seeing it but I’m just expecting another Twilight, frankly.

    • Interestingly enough, I read an article a few days ago ( that probably would have been good to read before watching the movie just so zombie-lovers would know what to expect, haha. It’s funny how your comment of dislike towards the movie aligns right with #6 on the list. Usually I’m skeptical with these types of lists, but it seems this one knew what it was talking about.

      Despite being curious to watch it since Shah’s said there isn’t a lot of gore in it, I still don’t think my stomach would be able to handle it. Weaksauces like me stay away from anything even remotely bloody, hahaha.

      Wondering what you two thought of the ending. The article I linked mentions Pitt had a hand in changing the ending. Makes me curious what the original one was, and which the audience would have thought to work better, if given the choice.

      Anyway, nice review!

  3. Keith says:

    I received a little ribbing for making this one of my most anticipated films of 2013. The reviews are starting to redeem me! Anxious to see this one!

    • Shah Shahid says:

      Hey Keith. I didn’t know much about this before going in. Except for the 2 Trailers I watched, for the first time, hours before the movie.

      But I was pleasantly surprised. Looking forward to your Review.

  4. Marc Winger says:

    Despite your “spoiler free recap” statement you have too many spoilers & your review is a quasi-synopsis! Which no one wants to read before seeing a film & if they do it’s spoiled. Thanks a lot, pal. I was looking forward to the movie today. Now I know too much about it.
    Your review represented your excitement for the film, but a review isn’t about seeing a film & then telling your friends, all about it.

    • Shah Shahid says:

      Hey Marc,

      Thanks for taking the time to read and comment.

      My ‘spoiler free recaps’ statement was limited to the action sequences that were already seen in the Trailers, prior to the movie’s release.

      A Synopsis is usually presented before movie’s release to give an idea as to what the story is about. So if, according to you, my Review isn’t even a proper Synopsis, I don’t see how I could have revealed too much. But you obviously have the right to disagree. And maybe unknowingly I said too much. However, I never claim that my Reviews are Spoiler Free. Maybe that’s something I’ll be more aware of going forward.

      In any case, I do sincerely apologize if reading this has ruined your viewing experience. That wasn’t my intention.

  5. Daniel Prinn says:

    I didn’t expect a lot from this, so it was a nice surprise. Nice review, Shah. I liked it as well. A 4.5/5 might be a bit high for my tastes, but it is high praise, indeed! I’m glad you enjoyed it so much. I thought this was good and effective, just not *great*. It is very engaging. *SPOILER ALERT (KIND-OF) TO ANYONE READING THE COMMENTS* I think I’ll anticipate the sequel more if this becomes successful enough to get one. *END OF SPOILER*

    • Shah Shahid says:

      Yea, I really liked it. And this could be because I knew next to nothing about the movie going in. I was out of the country on and off for the last 2.5 years, so I had no knowledge of any of the internal issues during the production. Or that it was even based on a book.

      Let’s see if there’s a sequel. I hope not though.

      • Daniel Prinn says:

        Ohhh okay, makes sense! I was just looking for World War Z on IMDb and it seems as if there’s a World War X in development, so I’d assume that’s a sequel to it?

        • Shah Shahid says:

          Oh yea? I didn’t notice that. Maybe. Strange that they have the info up on IMDB a week after the movie’s release.

          Good to know though. Thanks man.

  6. jjames36 says:

    Well said. And mostly agree! I like this one a lot, too!

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