This week Seth and I headed out for a walk along the Yarrowee Creek trail; starting at Magpie this trail goes all the way into the Ballarat CBD, around 10 km in total. It's a leisurely stroll, mostly on flat surfaces and it is has been sealed with a fine stone in recent years so it's a pretty civilised walking choice. There are a lot of picturesque nooks and park benches along the way to take a rest or admire the view, and we happily ate our afternoon tea at one as we meandered and chatted.
Things got really interesting when at about the halfway point of our stroll we saw a sign attached to wire fence that said 'do not wander beyond the path, contaminated area under investigation.' Woah! What? Having seen more than our fair share of sci-fiction and horror movies, this little slice of information allowed us to create a lot of possible scenarios about said 'contamination.' That word sets minds racing all by itself, I mean how often do you actually see signs like that in the real world anyway? Uhhh...never! That stuff is fully reserved for movies that have shit get real, in a not good way, very quickly.
So much for a leisurely stroll in the winter sunshine! Suddenly it's all World War Z over here as we start to throw out the possibilities thick and fast, constantly glancing over our shoulders with looks of horror to really ham the moment up to its full horrific potential. What would you do if you if you saw a zombie horde running down that hill right now? Questions like that got tossed around, and our walking speed dramatically increased as we disturbingly realised that aside of our silly banter that we were actually absolutely alone out there and in a real contaminated area. It is safe to say that from that point on, every creak of a pine tree or call of a crow had a completely new and menacing tone to it. Hilarious! We laughed about it when we got back to the safety of our car, but for a minute there, we had managed to freak each other out a bit with our tales of undead horror and alien infection.
And that is one of the best things about having kids with vivid imaginations, no matter how old they get you can always escape somewhere else together, on any given day. And on that windy winter day in 2017, Seth and I were the last survivors of an apocalyptic event, alone together against the hordes.
Release Date: 2013
Rating: MA 15+
Running Time: 116 mins
I think that a lot of people were expecting a full on zombie-fest from this movie, and it is really more of a contagion film in essence. The infected aren't eating people or craving brains, they're just hell bent on making sure that everyone in the world is infected too.
Director Marc Forster breaks new ground with World War Z, proving that he is willing to take on any genre, even horror which most directors shun completely. And he has done a great job of presenting a hardly revolutionary storyline to the audience.
This movie's strength lies in its gripping scenarios and intense pace that takes us all around the globe in a quest to find a cure. Brad Pitt is also extremely likeable in his portrayal of the ex-U.N. employee Gerry. Pitt has matured to be both a convincing and compassionate father on screen, which is very hard to pull off well.
FINAL SAY: Be quiet like a ninja.
3.5 Chilli Peppers