Last weekend I went to see the movie World War Z. After reading the book, I was skeptical it would be any good seeing as how the premise of the movie surrounded one man and the premise of the book surrounded interviews with various people around the world; never repeating a character.
But once I found out that Damon Lindelof wrote the second half of the script (two things: for those of you that know me, you know I have a slight obsession with Damon since my LOSTie days and the movie was so bad after the original shooting that they had Damon come in, rewrite and the reshot the second half of the film…yet another reason I was skeptical), I knew I had to see it. Even if just to support his work.
So the first half of the movie follows certain aspects of the book loosely. You can see the inspiration, but that is where it starts and stops. Where Damon takes over to make the story his own is quite evident; it’s when the movie gets REALLY good.
Yeah. There. I said it. The movie World War Z is a good movie. It’s suspenseful, and shocking at times. The zombies are a bit much with their superhuman abilities (come on, their zombies not super heroes), but the overall story is strong. I think I may have actually enjoyed watching the movie more than reading the book; a rarity for me.
But then again, the movie is only LOOSELY based on the book, so I’m not sure I should even compare the two. In all honesty, the movie should have had a different title and said in the credits “Inspired by the Mel Brooks book World War Z.”
If you, like me, have read the book and are hesitant to see the movie, I say go. But don’t go expecting the book. Go expecting to see a decent zombie movie.
If you haven’t read the book, then I ask: Why haven’t you gone to see the movie yet?
In closing, it’s a decent summer movie filled with good actors, written by amazing writers, with some “cheese” added in in the form of zombies.