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WORLD WAR Z MOVIE REVIEW

I loved World War Z. It’s got everything I want in a Zombie film, without all the slow-paced dread. As in every Zombie epic, when you get bit, you’re baked. Pretty Standard. Gerry Lane (BRAD PITT) is an EX-United Nations Investigator.  When the UN-explainable outbreak goes global, Gerry’s ex-boss offers his family safe harbor aboard an aircraft carrier miles out at sea.  It’s then when Gerry sets out to trace this virus all the way back to the identity of Patient Zero.

The locales were not as they seemed. The Philadelphia outbreak sequences were actually shot in Glasgow, Scotland.  All the signs, billboards & automobiles were switched out to American. In the center of the city, an abandoned bank, which was about 50,000 square feet, doubled as Zombie Headquarters.  This abandoned, Old Bank of Scotland was gutted & transformed into 4-floors of film crew catering, rotting wardrobe & intense Zombie make up applications.  Another huge sequence in Jerusalem was actually shot in Malta.

What’s interesting to me is the the way each zombie had it’s own story.  Mayes Rubeo, the costume designer says, “If you look at every zombie we have, every one of them has a specific design, including the aging of wardrobe, the condition of their clothes & the amount of blood.  We wanted to portray each one as an individual in a certain stage of the epidemic.” I kid you not, there’s even a zombie inspired by the very creepy & cold movements of  Anton Chigurh, the villain from “No Country For Old Men.”

The next challenge was applying mass behavioral traits to this strain of zombies.  Director MARC FORSTER employed a ‘Swarm Theory,’ which is basically a pattern of movement seen in nature…..Forster added, “It’s the way flocks of birds, (schools of) fish or (Armies of) ants move together. There’s almost a swarm intelligence to it. I thought it would be interesting to see these zombies, who have no intellect since they are the walking dead, react in this swarm mentality. ….as a whole, there is an unconscious conscience.”  There are scenes that will have you gasping for air & jumping right out of your seat. Perfect Summer Popcorn fare.

“World War Z” is really not that gory at all. In fact, it’s rated PG-13.  Brad Pitt said, he did the film so his young sons could enjoy it.  Follow Leo on Twitter @leoquinones.  It is truly the best way to prepare for a zombie apocalypse.