I went ahead and picked this up since it was on sale and I am a sucker for zombie movies. Not a good film, but not really a bad one either. There were flashes of what could have been a much better movie inside of it somewhere.
The action sequences were really well done, from the opening scene, parts of the Fall of Jerusalem, and also the decent (if logically questionable) scene in a plane. Unfortunately, the connective tissue between those scenes was pretty bad in general, with questionable logic by a host of people and and a great deal of non-zombie magic science. And of course, being a “zombie purist”, I am not too pleased with the whole “oh, we’ve found a cure” thing at the end… zombie moves are not supposed to have a happy ending.
So… it fails as a traditional, Tin Wisdom-approved zombie movie, it fails as sci-fi, it more or less fails as drama (since I really didn’t care too much about Brad Pitt’s family), but it was one hell of a good action movie.
A couple points:
Earlier in the thread, people noted that they really wanted to see what happened in some of the “special” areas of the world that are hinted at in the film: North Korea, India, etc. I’m kind of “meh” about that… I didn’t care for it in the book, and even the weird Jerusalem wish-fulfillment thing where they managed to build a massive wall in a week based on questionable premises rang pretty false.
As a gamer, I did appreciate the nods to Left 4 Dead that they threw in here and there… but quite honestly they just served to show that the plot in the L4D games is better than that in WWZ. I think Pitt should have made THAT movie. He would have made a good Nick, and he might have been able to pull off Francis.