World War Z (2013) Review

World War Z is nothing special but it’s alright and whilst I won’t be seeing it again I don’t regret seeing it today. The story is the weakest part but the characters and acting was pretty good, some moments even made me laugh, sadly this was not on purpose and I nearly cried of laughter. Some warnings going into this film are that this isn’t a horror film nor is it an outbreak film, it feels more like an action thriller that happens to feature Zombie esq people (They shouldn’t run or climb). Anyway this review will not be a happy ordeal and I plan to put a few spoilers around the place so watch out for them.

“Every human being we save is one less we have to fight.”

World War Z - Banner


United Nations employee Gerry Lane traverses the world in a race against time to stop the Zombie pandemic that is toppling armies and governments, and threatening to destroy humanity itself.

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Story: 45% Acting: 75% Characters: 65% Dialogue: 60%

Action/Thriller: 70% Style/Sound: 60% Visuals: 70%

Total: 63%


Weak story but it was alright, terrible ending which was just so anticlimactic you think they cut 20 minutes from the end of the film. Brad Pitt was good but didn’t have much dialogue and the rest of the cast did well. But why for some random scenes was Mathew Fox in this film? No dialogue and you can barely tell its him, why? On the side of funny rubbish that happened in this film, I nearly cried laughing when that guy slips on the plane and shoots himself in the head. There’s a zombie apocalypse going on with billions of people dying and he shoots himself in the FACE by accident (scientists).


The film was action packed mainly in the Middle East and South Korean Parts of the film but there were some interesting scenes. The tight military operation in South Korea felt like a particularly good level of Left 4 Dead and the scenes in Israel were the only parts of the film that actually showed a government fighting and managing during the “War”. However these were also the scenes that showed the most CGI blob/Zombie horde, they looked awful and especially bad doing the zombie pyramid scenes and well anything when you see a large group of the zombies. Now in the WHO centre they looked pretty good, but mainly because they were real people and only 40 of them at any one time.



The best reviews I found would be these:

“A nice summer popcorn movie with slight ambitions to be more that never gets bogged down in the “serious message” and features some really cool action set pieces while also adding a new take on the well-worn zombie genre.” Its Latin for Cookies. Full Review

“thrilling and fun at times, while also stupid, unengaging, and unoriginal by the same token. Expect nothing more but an alright time, and you’ll go home happy, if not needing more of your gore-fix.” Dan the Man’s Movie Reviews. Full Review

“As it turned out, it wasn’t a terrible film, but it certainly didn’t wind up capitalizing on the potential of the source material, either.” Fogs’ Movie Reviews. Full Review

“Brad Pitt was charged to carry this movie from the very beginning, and regardless of the film’s fabricated drama, and short lived tension, Pitt still manages to come through, playing the hero and the loving father, even if this set up too is becoming overused” Flicks With Maddog. Full Review


My favourite scene would have to be any part where Pitt was trying to save his family, basically whenever he’s carrying the rifle. I think these scenes work the best because it felt more threatening and there was very little CGI. Oh my the CGI.


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39 responses to “World War Z (2013) Review”

  1. filmhipster says :

    Very un-zombie’ish, but a fun disaster flick.


  2. The Celtic Predator says :

    I agree that this didn’t feel much like a zombie flick, a la Dawn of the Dead or ’28 Days Later’ or even ‘Zombieland.’ I never found the zombies that threatening, as they felt more like just random people with the lack of gore effects clearly catered to the PG13 rating.


  3. Terry Malloy's Pigeon Coop says :

    Nice review Tim. I’m yet to catch this but am hoping to do so. I have pretty low expectations so maybe that’ll help me get the most out of it.


  4. table9mutant says :

    Good review! 🙂 And… Fair rating! Lol! (Read the book – it’s so much better)


  5. The Focused Filmographer says :

    I wanted this to be far better. You are right Tim. It wasn’t a zombie movie as much as it was an action/thriller in a zombie setting.

    what are your thoughts on if it actually had been rated R? Do you think it would’ve been better?

    did you see the original ending that was planned that gave more of reason for Matthew Fox and a bleaker result of the storyline? I liked the way it was going instead of the way it did end.


    • Tim The Film Guy says :

      It wasn’t the rating that bothered me but the lack of material they used, they have a world stage to view zombie attacks and yet whilst we see 5 minutes of zombie attacks on a big scale they quickly narrow the view to Pitts character. Like that fan art showing an army fighting off a horde attacking a city, $200M where’s that scene?

      I had heard of that and it would have led into a sequel much better, the ending we ended up with was a little closed and convenient for my liking 😦


  6. Last Road Reviews says :

    Ah the review I keep trying to comment on with nothing but errors. This doesn’t look bad but always weary of big stars doing films like this. I’ll catch it on video. I have the novel and know its nothing really like it.


  7. Morgan R. Lewis says :

    A “maybe” from you on this genre of film makes it a “probably not” for me.


  8. Tom says :

    Nice work Tim. I was wanting to see this film but since it’s getting more than a fair share of mediocre reviews I’m gonna probably wait to catch it at the dollar theater! It does look like a CGI overload, and seems headache inducing.


  9. CMrok93 says :

    Great review Tim. I’m surprised to see that this one didn’t bomb as much as I expected it to. Same goes for the actual quality of the movie itself; it was better than I expected.


  10. theipc says :

    I am going to use my “pass” card on this and wait until it’s out there for free. I couldn’t even finish the book…


  11. Natasha Harmer says :

    Great review, been considering going to see this…I guess it sounds entertaining if nothing else!


  12. Erik says :

    Good Review Tim! I agree, Pitt was pretty good and yes, the film has its moments but it is rather conventional (apart from the running zombies).


  13. knoxcarnabyoverstreet says :

    I love the review Tim: Short , sweet, and to the point. Also, I have to agree with you that while we established Pitt was to carry the movie, the beginning scenes which involve him searching the pharmacy or defending his family on the stairwell, actually ring very identifiable in a disaster situation. Also, least amount of CGI, a major refreshment admist the otherwise horrible CGI.


    • Tim The Film Guy says :

      Haha the only reason its short and sweet is because I find it difficult to write about average films, nothing too bad to talk about or good things to rave about 😦

      Thanks for commenting Knox and I agree with your CGI points 😀


  14. Parlor of Horror says :

    Well, action film cliches have taken over horror! There is no doubt that the Evil Dead remake was an action film, there was barely a moment when sombody wasn’t running, jumping, cutting, and bleeding all over the place. I was already thinking of World War-Z as a summer blockbuster, action film, not a horror film and you have confirmed my suspicions 🙂


  15. Robert says :

    nice review, i was with people who thought it was outright terrible, but I felt it had its moments and was passable entertainment


  16. r361n4 says :

    I actually didn’t think the cgi zombies looked that bad, but I guess that was because I was legitimately on the edge of my seat for those scenes so the thrilling aspect made me a bit less critical of the details. If you weren’t as effected by that aspect of the movie I can definitely see how it’d be easier to notice stuff like that though.

    Good review, I think my expectations were a bit lower so I ended up liking it more but that seems to always be the case no matter what I’m watching


    • Tim The Film Guy says :

      Your a fool Andy a damn fool! Hahaha xD

      Looked awful in some parts, the pyramid and anything were there in a giant crowd of people 😦

      The zombies looked pretty good in smaller numbers where it was actual people 😀

      Thanks Andy and I had pretty low expectations as well but I expect better 😀


  17. williamjepma says :

    Great review, seems to be the overall consensus. Still interested in seeing this though, and since I pretty much have no expectations, I hope I’ll at least have fun with it


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