Excerpt: More “film” than “movie”, World War Z will surprise some viewers and disappoint those looking for conventional structure and conflict. Its plot and plentiful exposition might not stand up to great scrutiny, but Forster keeps things engaging, suspenseful, atmospheric and, like the zombies themselves (a product of fiction evolution), very fast-moving.
Excerpt: One thing Forster’s done well is convey the sheer speed in which a major city can be brought down by the undead…Of course, the decision to convert all this to 3D simply means that many of these quick moving action scenes become a chaotic blur…
Excerpt: It’s fitfully enjoyable as an action film and fairly scary when it wants to be a horror film, but it never fully convinces as either when it tries to be both. There are two perfectly serviceable movies in World War Z, but they just don’t go together especially well.
Excerpt: …the half-baked-ness of the movie’s allegory—much of it probably lost in the endless rejiggering that afflicted its production behind the scenes—undermines the film in the very parts I thought it might distinguish itself.
Excerpt: Loosely adapted from Max Brooks’ seminal zombie apocalypse novel of the same name, “World War Z” attempts to make a PG-13, four quadrant, summer tentpole out of what is generally the bloodiest and least respectable horror subgenre. In some regards, it does remarkably well.
Excerpt: In the thick of the pandemonium and endless running — as well as flying — for survival, ‘World War Z’ arrives with some level of appreciable intelligence, aspiring to be a thinking person’s popcorn action flick with zombies.
Excerpt: Despite what pre-release detractors might have thought, “World War Z” is surprisingly involving and a lot of meat-and-potatoes fun for an epic-scaled, suspense-fraught global-outbreak thriller.
Oktay Ege Kozak @ Oregon Herald
Excerpt: World War Z is your typical mixed bag of blockbuster mediocrity. As John Hammond would say, they obviously “Spared no expense” in bringing a genre usually reserved for low-budget horror films to the yearning masses via the casting of Brad Pitt and shoehorning as many over-CGI’d set pieces as humanly possible.
Excerpt: Two genres that have been facing increased popularity in recent years have come together to form what isn’t a more perfect union, but one which highlights the flaws in both. World War Z is one part zombie movie and one part epidemic film.
Excerpt: The lingering image of World War Z is one of massive waves of zombies flooding down the streets and climbing on top of each other to get over a giant wall. They aren’t singular entities but one giant horde, an ocean of insects, or, more pointedly, a virus: the typical zombie pathogen literalized into a mass of beings in search of one collective goal.
Jerry Roberts @ Armchair Cinema
Excerpt: Just a straight-forward disaster movie. Irwin Allen couldn’t have made it better.