World War Z (2013) – The Movie
The etymology of the word ‘zombie’ takes us to the word ‘nzumbe’ of the Kimbundu language spoken by the natives of Angola. The zombie phenomenon though existing from the 30s in the mainstream, it is George A. Romero’s ‘The Night of the Living Dead’ (1968) that took the zombie phenomenon to a wider audience of the popular cinema. Since then we’ve many movies of this sub genre of horror flicks. Most of them were from the B-grade tent nothing more than exploitation flicks. We even had the ‘Zombieland’ (2009) that amused us with its outlandish horror comedy treatment. World War Z is nonetheless a different treat altogether.
Zombies are briefly defined as the animated dead creatures that are bereft of consciousness yet can respond to the stimuli of their surroundings. They are always sketched as blood fetish gory beasts ever in the hunt for hosts, in literature and cinema alike. They are a perennial source of horror, guaranteeing goose bumps to spectators. True to the depiction of Zombies the movies on them are nothing less. But here we have a Zombie action-horror flick that along with the mundane thrills offers some layered tale in bonus.
As fellow mate of Creofire team, Arun, in his review on the Book of the same title pointed out clearly that the works as book and cinema have very less in common to share. Though I haven’t read the book myself, through the conversations I had with Arun I was able to write this. Based on his feeds I could sense that the movie version has saved itself from the intelligent subtexts, for the most, for sure, to get itself the mainstream stamp. The movie has lavishly eaten moolah. So, a mainstream tag is essential for its own survival amid the world wide audience, after all.
As you all might have known the plot, better than me, by now, I refrain myself from it and wish to mull over the other views. Brad Pitt is so beautiful in his portrayal of the hysterical dispositions of Gerry Lane, besides his sanity intact heroic ventures all the way. From a clueless father amid the chaos, desperately trying to save his family in the beginning to a composed former UN investigator in pursuit of investigating the root of the chaos, he lives his moments. In fact the show belongs almost entirely to him.
The political subtexts that run throughout the film are catchy and just enable a potential viewer to glimpse few brief lightning that pass on the way. The explanations of the Israelite on his ‘Tenth Man theory’ might howbeit urge someone out there to call out as an inexorable American inclination to the country, and even as propaganda in some shades. Everyone has a right to tell his take, I take it that way.
The annotation on Mother Nature by Dr. Fassbath on the plane, though informal or irreverent as some might complain, is intriguing. Towards the end the film turns utterly hero centric, the customary. Yet, the choice of his actions and the sane directions he takes to tackle the situation, if not to win over it completely, arouse curiosity. Diseases which are always poignantly observed as curses, have at least found a fictitious way of turning out to become the salvation gates for humans. Perhaps, deadly diseases are not completely bad, one would think after watching this movie.
A Pandemonium of such intensity is potentially capable of uniting the human race- that is in an ultimate state of emergency to stay together- dismissing their differences. This is something that the preachers of universal brotherhood could not achieve for eons. Despite the plentiful goofs that you might come across in IMDB page for this film, it engages and entertains the common movie buff and throws some crumbs to the serious viewer in addition.