OMG 4 WW Z
It so easily could've been a really, really bad movie. But quite the opposite: it was a solid, well-made movie. I can't say it was always "enjoyable" -- as at one point it was almost too much for me and I (briefly) felt like leaving the theatre. (If I'd been watching it on DVD I would've left the room and come back another day.) But because of this, it was completely engrossing.
It's a solid, high-quality movie. They played it totally straight -- no irony, no winks at the camera. Solid acting, solid script: there was **no** point at which **anyone** did something that a reasonable person wouldn't do (e.g. "Gosh, there's a serial killer loose in our abandoned high school tonight. I'm gonna
go use the restroom... by myself...").
Loads of action, without being "action just for action's sake"; very plausible treatment (and reaction to) a pandemic; lots of close calls without seeming contrived.
And, now that I think about it: very little cussing (that I can recall; I could be wrong), and nearly all of the violence was implied (or, sanitized ''action movie violence''), rather than bones crunching, blood spurting violence.
It was not a typical ''zombie'' movie -- it goes beyond that niche -- so I can see it doing **very** well at the box office and capturing the "natural disaster", "thriller/suspense" (somewhat) and "action" markets as well.
It works on many levels. It's particularly effective if you're a parent of young children -- as one of the sub-plots is the family man being separated from his family, and trying to ensure their safety.
With all that said: I don't anticipate buying the DVD, let alone renting it ever again. It was emotionally draining: I was on the edge of my seat. Once was enough: too realistic, too plausible.
Which also indicates that it was very well done.