World War Z - Review

Just about every zombie movie I can think of is set, for the most part, in tightly defined spaces where groups of survivors huddle to fend off the flesh-hungry hordes outside. World War Z, which may be the most entertaining and accomplished zombie thriller since George A. Romero's Dawn of the Dead (1979), has touches of that suspenseful high-tension claustrophobia. Yet it's a very different sort of zombie feast (far more than, say, The Walking Dead). It's vast and sprawling and spectacular; it's the first truly globalized orgy of the undead. The director, Marc Forster, is a filmmaker whose work I've never particularly liked (he made the genteel Finding Neverland, the overblown Monster's Ball, and the Bond dud Quantum of Solace). Here, though, working from the 2006 Max Brooks novel World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War, he shows a new audacity and flair. World War Z is epically scaled, but it's not a messy, noisy, CGI-bogus, throw-everything-at-the-audience sort of blockbuster. It's thrillingly controlled, and it builds in impact. READ MORE...


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