If you are a regular at my blog you will know how much I love zombies, so it should come as no surprise to you all that I would do a review on World War Z.
Brad Pitt plays Gerry Lane, a former UN employee who has retired from his active job in order to spend more time with his family, and it is with his family that he has his first experience with the “zombie” infection. Because of Gerry’s skill set the government recruit him to go to various places to get information that could help them create a cure, and so it begins.
Now the book is written by Max Brooks and is written as a series of interviews compiled by an agent from the UN postwar commission, the interviews are with various different people around the world and their experiences of the “zombie” infection. It is a follow-up to the mock manual “The zombie survival guide” Brooks released in 2003. World war Z is a strange and haunting story which almost makes you feel like you are reading a history book. Brooks has an amazing depth in his writing and an insane knowledge about warfare and of course about zombies.
While the book and the film has some similarities there are also a few differences. While the infected in the book keep to the traditional “zombie” traits with the slow movement, the moaning and the decomposing flesh, the film has gone for a more modern take with fast paced “zombies” that make more of a screeching sound than an actual moan, but I will say this, the “zombies” in the film may not sound and move the same as the old school ones but they are still just as terrifying if not more so. The film does seem to have a few places that were included in the book but a lot has been left out or added to avoid it becoming the mockumentary it would have been if it had stuck completely to the book. The film ending was a tad different to the books though but obviously that is something you will have to discover on your own. There is talk of the movie becoming a trilogy which I think would be pretty awesome DEPENDING on how they did it, as much as I love Brad Pitt in his role of Gerry I think it would be good to see it from another persons perspective although while saying that, it would also be pretty cool to see the other places Gerry may go to speak to others about their experience. At the moment there is only talk of a sequel though so we shall see how it pans out.
I saw the movie before I read the book and I loved both of them, obviously some of the more die-hard fans of Brooks would have had a fair few problems with the film but I think that if you felt the film was extremely different from the book you would be better off considering the film as more of a side story instead of a complete adaption. I saw both the film and the book as two fantastic stories about the things people would do in a hypothetical war against an almost unstoppable force.
I give both the film and the book 5 out of 5 zombies, although some may consider the film as just another one of those crazy infected films, I liked the fact that the main character wasn’t a complete idiot and that the movie didn’t waste any time getting into the grittiness of it all. Then again as you are already aware I do love zombies so I may be a tad bias.
If you can’t stomach the goriness of a zombie film you should at least read the book, it is beautifully written and while it is very disturbing it is an absolute pleasure to read and since you are already in the disturbing horror category you may as well pick up a copy of Brooks “Zombie survival guide”. It is strangely informative, extremely interesting and god forbid if there was any type of world-wide infection, you may find yourself glad to have purchased the book.