World War Z (2013): Movie Review

World War Z Movie Review
image courtesy: Paramount Pictures

A zombie pandemic has broken out. Then UN special ops agent Gerry Lane travels the world in hope to understand that is the mystery of the zombie breakout, find its roots to build a cure.

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Review:

I don't want to tell much of the story. Everything about it is just fascinating and nerve-wracking! Like as usual in regards to apocalypse, there's the experimentation theories among Intelligence agencies, military operations and just pure chaos. But let's skip on those. You know what to expect when it comes to zombie apocalypse.

What I love most about this movie is the original ending. The writers must have followed after real history. Certain populations are plagued by particular genetic diseases throughout time and they can be explained in terms of natural selection.

image courtesy: Paramount Pictures
I know that this review might look like a pain in the ass with me writing a long background. But since I'm always informative, I just can't help myself. So here!

Background:

According to the World Book Encyclopedia, Scientists have found that carriers of sickle cell disease have a higher resistance than noncarriers to malaria. Malaria had threatened people from western Africa, The Middle East, southern Europe and the Carribean. It is for this reason that people living in these areas have a high frequency of having the sickling gene. It is those carriers that have most survived when malaria plagued them. As to why? Later.


Furthermore, cystic fibrosis is more common among European people and their descendants than any other people in the world. Medical geneticists have found that carriers are more resistant than other individuals to tuberculosis. Tuberculosis swept through Europe from 1700's to early 1900's. Thus, carriers of cystic fribrosis had most likely survived those tuberculosis epidemic episodes.

Both sickle cell disease and malaria affect the blood. With the sickling gene drifting through the bloodstream, malaria would not have a home. Likewise, tuberculosis and cystic fribrosis both affect the lungs. With cystic fibrosis already inherent in the body of the carrier, tubercle bacilli, the bacteria causing tuberculosis would have to find another host.

Having genetic diseases is never desirable. But if one has to have one just to outlast a deadlier one, it is advantageous to have that one that would help the population to survive. Too many ones >.< With this analogy, the movie showcased to us that in order for the people of the world to survive, they have to temporarily infect themselves with genetic diseases until the whole world could clean itself free of zombies. The only difference from history and the movie is that... cystic fribrosis has no known cure until today. In the movie, the diseases disseminated were very fatal ones (mostly biological weapons like SARS, anthrax, AH1N1) but are curable.

So now I have just spoiled people who haven't watch the movie. But don't worry, you will still enjoy this one as it is so full of suspense! There are so many scenes that would surely kick you in the groin... uhm or in the heart??? since there are scenes that are just totally gritting. This movie belongs to my top 10 movies of the year.

The Cast:

Brad Pitt has done well here as a caring and protective father but as to being a warrior? Warrior against zombies it is, I think that his acting is too tacky. He has a background as an ex-military man working in covert operations but his facial expressions betray his badass background. Hello, where has Achilles (Troy, 2004) gone to? Is 8 years really that long? Well, I think that as an actor, he got so carried away to being a father (because post-Troy, he's a father of 8 kids now).

It's nice seeing pretty doll-looking child actress Sterling Jerkins play as the Pitt's youngest daughter here. She really is some attention-demanding kid that even if you must feel annoyed with her, you can't be helped but be adored with her beautiful baby looks. She played as Judy in The Conjuring.

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