Why no gore fest in World War Z?

MORE BLOOD, PLEASE: World War Z stars Brad Pitt as Gerry Lane, a father caught in a zombie pandemic. The film adaptation of Max Brook's book of the same title shies away from showing gore on screen.


    Jun 19, 2013

    Why no gore fest in World War Z?

    WORLD WAR Z (PG13)

    Thriller/116 minutes

    Rating: 3/5

    WHEN it comes to zombie flicks, nothing beats watching the walking dead being blown to smithereens.

    However, zombie fans, like me, will be let down by this latest apocalyptic offering, simply because it lacks blood and gore.

    This is not to say that World War Z does not have redeemable qualities that make it a blockbuster: Panoramic cityscapes, fiery explosions, never-ending gunfire, and loads of screaming - they're all there.

    In fact, this is a fast-paced action thriller that will keep you on the edge of your seat.

    However, the movie starts off slow, devoting what seems like 10 minutes to introducing the Lanes, a happy suburban family living in Philadelphia.

    Brad Pitt plays Gerry Lane, a retired United Nations investigator who is forced to leave his family behind to aid Dr Fassbach, a virologist played by Game Of Thrones actor Elyes Gabe, in finding Patient Zero to create a vaccine for a zombie pandemic.

    Everything changes en route when Lane sends his wife, Karin (Mireille Enos), and two daughters off on their daily routine.

    Things speed up from there as we are introduced to director Marc Forster's version of the undead. Which brings me to my main gripe.

    As an avid fan of The Walking Dead, having to watch Lane's reaction to violence instead of the actual violence was extremely disappointing.

    While the many jump scares - incorporated into the film to try and make it seem legitimately "scary" - did elicit a few gasps and exclamations from me, without the gore, the movie just felt like it was lacking something.

    One would have expected World War Z to be a tad more adventurous since it comes on the heels of other zombie-related fare. Shaking things up might have set it apart from the others.

    This zombie blockbuster, which is adapted from Max Brook's best-selling book of the same title, was delayed since December last year due to budget issues, and the ending had to be rewritten.

    The result? A jaw-dropping budget of an estimated US$200 million (S$252 million) and a "new and improved" ending that did not satisfy.

    In all fairness, with the aforementioned explosions and gunfire, this movie is a legitimate thriller that will make your heart race.

    To my fellow zombie fans, go watch the movie anyway, but don't expect too much.

    World War Z opens in cinemas tomorrow.