World War Z (Forster, 2013)
Jerusalem remembers in the days of her affliction and wandering all the precious things that were hers from days of old. When her people fell into the hand of the foe, and there was none to help her, her foes gloated over her; they mocked at her downfall. –Lamentations 1:7
Soooo, my wife and I had no idea this was a zombie movie. But, hey, that made for a fun experience. Looking back, I wouldn’t have it any other way. We were basically put in the exact position as the characters in this film and any time you are able to do that, it enhances the film.
But while it was fun, it was still just a popcorn flick. That is, until the film finds itself in Jerusalem in what is easily its most horrifying scene. Initially, for the first time since entering this world, safety is abundant. Suspense is down and the pace is allowed to slow. But what Forster does next is brilliant. Working off of a previously established ‘rule’ for the zombies, and by using the culture’s natural tendency for vocal praise, he turns a moment of jubilation into one of the most frightening scenes I’ve seen – a fastly-formed, frantic mess of a human ladder overtaking the one remaining safe place in the entire world. Haunting, especially since at that point, it truly feels like all hope is lost. Overall, it’s a good watch, at least when it’s not what you expect. 7.25/10