2.5 out of 5
Thank God it wasn’t World War Zzzz…. There’s nothing much to say about this film, which is based on a novel by the way, except that it is a typical formulaic Hollywood zombie flick. It isn’t that bad, nor that good either. It’s not as sad and dramatic like 28 Weeks Later or 28 Days Later, it’s also not as intense as I Am Legend (although the last 30 minutes was truly disappointing), and for sure not going to be a cult classic like George Romero’s Living Dead series.
What quite unique about the story is that instead of finding the cure, they are trying to find a way to camouflage the humans so they wont’ become zombie munchies. So Brad Pitt goes for a jetsetting journey around the world for this mission, whilst supporting characters only have not more than 5 minutes to grace the screen before dropping dead. Aside from the usual blowing up San Francisco, New York, Paris, etc… It seems like the director perhaps is not that fond of the Middle East since all Muslims, Christians, and Jews gather in Jerusalem where they start an impromptu singing that attracts the zombies and then everybody gets napalmed. Interesting idea, which perhaps offers an ironic solution to the neverending conflict in that area.
There are several funny scenes in the film like there’s always a time to enjoy drinking Pepsi in the middle of zombie apocalypse. There are also several intense scenes, like complete silence and trying to get past zombies who are staring out of glass windows while clacking their teeth. So in a nutshell Z is pretty entertaining, but I’m not sure if the audience would like a second helping.