The Grade Book: “World War Z”


World War Z

Plot: U.N. employee Gerry Lane hops around the world in search for a stop to a Zombie pandemic. 

Director: Marc Forster. 

Writers: Matthew Michael Carnahan, Drew Goddard, Damon Lindelof, and J. Michael Straczynski (based on the novel by Max Brooks). 

Cast: Brad Pitt, Mireille Enos, David Morse, and Matthew Fox. 

Genres: Action, Drama, Horror.

Running Time: 1 hour and 56 minutes.

U.S. Release Date: June 21st, 2013.

MPAA Rating: PG-13.




(Lowest Grade Given to the Film: D, Highest Grade Given to the Film: B+)

SUMMARY OF THOUGHTS: World War Z is a fun and thrilling ride, and features a solid performance by Brad Pitt, but the movie lacks in the storytelling and character development departments.



  • Gabriel Alcantara (Big Gabe):

Grade: B+

It’s not perfect, but I mean, did you really expect it to be? While it obviously lacks gore, it makes up for it with intensity and thrilling set pieces. At times the direction is messy, but most of the time it’s great. The overhead shots of chaos are especially haunting. Brad Pitt’s performance is spot-on and his character is one I enjoyed rooting for. World War Z has a fairly good story, smart dialogue, and some unique ideas, while still being an exciting Summertime blockbuster thrill ride.

  • Christian Becker:

Grade: B+

Nowhere near perfect, and lacking important elements to elevate the story, but I’d be lying if I said I didn’t have a great time with this movie. The suspense levels and intensity are high throughout and should satisfy hardcore zombie fans.

  • Ryan Fecskovics:

Grade: D

A boring film with promise. Brad Pitt stars in this snoozer that takes two hours to deliver absolutely nothing. It’s a Redbox rental to me. I thought that the script (which took four…yes, four, writers to revise it) was awful. I couldn’t get into it and nor did I find it entertaining. Unfortunately, it seems like the studio is setting up for more. I was shocked at how awful this film was. Go see Monster’s University and Before Midnight instead.

  • Chad Gleason (MovieManCHAD):


Grade: C-

Watch The Walking Dead or Night of the Living Dead from the 1960s instead. Dull, mediocre, and unnecessary. Maybe just read the book instead as well.

  • Mike Holtz (WeWatchedAMovie):

Grade: B
It’s really cool to see a zombie movie get A-list treatment such as Brad Pitt. The zombies look more like Brad Pitt than actual zombies, and there are no scares, but the action and Pitt make it a fun flick.

  • Steven Hunt:

Grade: B

While not groundbreaking, this is a very fun and intense summer action movie. Brad Pitt gives a great performance and the action is well done for the most part. I felt a few scenes weren’t filmed very well, and wished we got to know a few more characters, but those are minor problems.

  • John Maffeo:

Grade: C-
Sometimes a movie comes along that creates a passive experience. In other words, after walking out of this flick, I felt like I never even entered the theater in the first place. It’s mediocrity at its finest, with a good performance by Brad Pitt — who truly carries this bland feature.

  • Steven Merced (Geeked Out):

Grade: B

If your looking for a smart zombie movie with a lot of heart and creativity, this is not the movie for you. That does not mean that World War Z is a bad movie by any means. It’s actually an amazing, fun ride, with a lot of good moments sprinkled with some completely bad ones. This movie was a great take on your typical zombie film. This is an action-filled movie with zombies; that’s it, nothing more. Go to this movie with some popcorn, some friends, and just enjoy the ride.

  • Austin Putnam:

Grade: B

A very fun and good zombie thrill ride. I thought this was going to suck going into it, but I was shocked by how much I ended up liking it. Marc Forster, you are now forgiven after delivering Quantum of Solace. Oh, and don’t see it in 3D…

  • Daniel Rester:

Grade: B

World War Z benefits from a solid and believable performance from Brad Pitt, and contains a number of thrilling and entertaining moments, but the film is deflated by its PG-13 rating, a so-so story (Pitt just jumps from one place to another, making it all a bit episodic), and weak character development. Z is still enjoyable, but it’s also slightly disappointing.

  • Christian Ruvalcaba:

Grade: C+

Entertaining, but missing something special. This could have been a greater zombie film if it weren’t for the choppy editing along with the immense amount of shaky cam. The film felt too forced to make you believe these “zombies” are extremely brutal. They try to make the illusion that all of this violence is occurring, but to me it didn’t seem as real as I hoped. Brad Pitt was awesome as well.

  • Brandt Sohn:

Grade: B-

This may not be the next great zombie thriller, but World War Z makes for a fun time at the movies. The scope of action reaches a massive scale in this zombie apocalypse tale. Although, the zombies can be a little unintentionally hilarious at times, but never too much as to completely ruin the experience. The performances are good and Brad Pitt makes for a fun lead. However, we do miss out on character development as the film decides to jump right into the action from the opening scenes. Overall, an enjoyable time and one you will want to catch on the big screen just for the sheer scale of this story.

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