Brutally fast-paced with epic-scale zombie scenes, but cacophonous & as scattered as its chaotic subject matter, WWZ is an action movie with moments but not nearly ~enough backstory, development, or investable non-Brad Pitt characters. 3.7/10.
When former U.N. investigator Gerry Lane (Brad Pitt) and his family get stuck in urban gridlock, he senses that it’s no ordinary traffic jam. His suspicions are confirmed when, suddenly, the city erupts into chaos. A lethal virus, spread through a single bite, is turning healthy people into something vicious, unthinking and feral. As the pandemic threatens to consume humanity, Gerry leads a worldwide search to find the source of the infection and, with luck, a way to halt its spread.
*Possible spoilers ahead*
Pros: Good found footage opening laying somewhat of a foundation for real-life chaos/historical disarray, idea of EXTREMELY-fast zombies – this isn’t your normal pacing or zombies meandering after you – these zombies RUN, – Brad Pitt is an absolute badass here but also displays range being able to have soft moments and domestic life too and does his best with the admittedly problematic script he’s given, Dr. Fassbach an interesting character with an admittedly-intriguing look at virology and nature biologically – before he’s given a cop-out death.., some interesting shots cinematographically like the blue rainy South Korea base and doctor scene, a few glimpses of objective zombie-brilliance like the plane outbreak and Jerusalem wall – film at least delivers its epic large-scale action scenes but it’s a shame such an imaginative and potentially-great premise biologically (as a biologist found it fascinating the disease-avoidance angle mirroring some real life nature practices) had to be squandared in such an unenjoyable rest, gets somewhat better as it progresses from outright hate-able to mildly tolerable, abrupt ending still failing to reveal much about the idea holding out for a franchise which is just horrible and toxic Hollywood – learn from the past and give films enough to stand alone by merit artistically.. worry about franchise later and let it build itself naturally
Cons: needed way more of a build-up and setting the scene instead of just cacophonously getting straight to big-scale chaotic action sequences literally 6 MINUTES in…. like getting hit in the head with a sledgehammer out of nowhere and the reveal and payoff are far less effective having no idea what’s going on or backstory development before you’re just thrust straight into the action and spend the rest of the time trying to piece together what’s happening – you get a fleeting seconds’ mention of somewhat-meek Avian Flu.. and then.. super-speed zombies.. yeah kind of missing a little there, all of the characters except Pitt are cold, lifeless, and without any sense of development or reason to care beyond the fact that they’re humans, just when you think there’s going to be an interesting character besides Pitt in Dr. Fassbach.. he’s given a cop-out self-death – convinced the filmmakers don’t care about the basic tenets of storytelling or sticking with any characters, too coy with gore – never thought I’d say that ever as gore is usually used too freely without need but here it takes away some of the scare factor – a little bit is fine and looks more natural,
Overall Rating: 3.7/10