In a great horror novel, there are a handful of set piece scenes that stick in your head long after putting the book down. The thing in the bath tub, navigating the tunnel out of New York City. These are the images that seer into our brains. What made World War Z so exemplary a horror novel was that the central conceit of being a collection of oral testimonies allowed the entire novel to be a series of these scenes. No overarching characterization, the plot arch of the book only apparent implicitly in the organization of the scenes. Just gut punch horror scene after gut punch horror scene.
Naturally the movie adaptation is eschewing that approach in order to make it suck. The following is the plot synopsis now floating around for the film:
The story revolves around United Nations employee Gerry Lane (Pitt), who traverses the world in a race against time to stop the Zombie pandemic that is toppling armies and governments and threatening to decimate humanity itself. Enos plays Gerry’s wife Karen Lane; Kertesz is his comrade in arms, Segen.
I understand where they’re coming from, I mean they landed Brad Pitt, they can’t very well have him on screen for just one or two scenes, because that would involve actually having the courage to respect the source material.