Let me start out by saying I wasn't a fan of the book. Yeah, I might be one of the only people into zombies who didn't care for the book but I gotta say, frankly it bored me. Too many acronyms were used and the stories were so disjointed I wasn't always sure which character I was reading about. I have been putting off watching this movie because I was worried that it would be too much like the book, then after a bunch of people watched it and said it was nothing like the book I thought I'd give it a chance. Of course, being a zombie aficionado there is always a lot of zombie movies and books in my queue, I knew I'd eventually get to this and today was the day.
Happily, the movie was nothing like the book, unfortunately I didn't think the movie was fabulous, just good. The zombies were very much like the zombies in 28 DAYS LATER, fast and furious, if all zombies are like this the living doesn't stand a chance. If there ever is a zombie apocalypse I really hope the zombies aren't as fast as the ones portrayed in this movie because I'd just as soon give up my flesh to them. Brad Pitt, who plays Gerry, is off to save the world in this zombie flick. His previous job is undefined in the movie, but it was something important as he keeps getting things other people don't get, like protection for his family. Traveling towards and into danger he sees stupidity as a guy accidentally shoots himself in the head, a group of people surrounded by a wall think the wall will protect them get crushed by an overpowering horde, and a plane crash which could have been prevented if people thought before they opened doors. While this movie is fast paced I don't care enough about Gerry or his family to care if he lives or dies, I just want some sweet, sweet zombie action.
If you like zombies this movie isn't bad for the special effects or the makeup, the zombies are actually fabulous. The rate in which they move and the pile of zombies were especially effective and innovative. For a fun time, or if bored, watch this, it's not a movie you will regret spending two hours of your life on, and it will give you something to talk about with other zombie lovers.