Kernel Rating (out of 5):
MPAA Rating: PG-13 Length: 116 minutes
Age Appropriate for: 14+. The film is supposedly a zombie movie, but because it’s rated PG-13, the zombies can’t really be that hungry. There are many crowd scenes with running zombies, which aren’t scary, but the close-ups of humans transforming into zombies are. Nevertheless, there isn’t that much blood or gore; there’s also some cursing, large-scale destruction scenes, and of course lots of tense close calls with the undead.
Brad Pitt’s ‘World War Z’ has very little in common with its source material, the novel by Max Brooks, except for that they’re both about zombies. But are they really? Even ‘World War Z’ is less about the undead and more about one man on a mission—one that ends in a profoundly unfulfilling, incomplete way.
By Roxana Hadadi
Lots of films have suffered from production setbacks; lots of films have been rumored, before their release, to end up failing because of those setbacks. James Cameron’s “Titanic” ballooned past its budget but, as we all know, ended up becoming the most popular movie in the world. In contrast, Kevin Costner’s “Waterworld,” released only two years prior, made a profit on its budget but not by much, and was critically ridiculed. Which leads us, decades later, to “World War Z,” a film plagued by production issues and reshoot issues and all kinds of issues. For the most part, it doesn’t show, until the ending, when it does, and yes, it hurts the movie. A lot.