'World War Z' emerges victorious
It's always been interesting to me to try to understand why we, as a culture, are so fascinated by the end of our culture. My personal theory is, at least subconsciously, people are so polarized and fragmented, there is some appeal of a global pandemic that would force an otherwise unattainable unity upon us.
While the film adaptation of "World War Z" doesn't overly delve into big-scale philosophical concepts, it is a smart, globe-trotting, zombie-killing adventure. Brad Pitt stars as Gerry Lane, a United Nations investigator tasked with hunting down the source -- and hopefully the solution -- to the zombie apocalypse.
Pitt delivers a strong performance that serves as a binding agent for what otherwise could have been a meandering narrative.
"World War Z" offers some great action and explores the variable mythology of zombies in a way that keeps the story moving and keeps the ultimate ending unsure.
I very much appreciated the film taking a logical and methodical approach to solving the problem at hand. Too often, zombie films focus on just making it through the night instead of building a new day. Conversely, the film delivers on its promises unlike fellow zombie alum "I Am Legend," which was a fascinating commentary until its driving plot device was abandoned.
I had been concerned a PG-13 rating would be a detriment and would result in pulled punches. On the contrary, the scares and thrills are very present and stem from good filmmaking instead of unnecessary gore.
"World War Z" is a great example of what a summer movie should strive for. There is action and adventure aplenty, and the film strikes an admirable balance between the potential energy of exploring an idea with the kinetic energy of seeing the results of that idea executed.
James Gerstner works at the Fort Hays State University Foundation and is the founder and editor of Six Horizons Media at sixhorizons.com. Contact James at firstname.lastname@example.org, @sixhorizons on Twitter, Facebook.com/sixhorizons.