Change According to World War Z
World War Z brings out a zombie catastrophe, which threatens to wipe out humanity. A zombie occurrence emerges in the world’s big cities and spreads to every region forcing various governments and international organizations to take the action they deem appropriate for their survival. Through the movie, heroes like Gerry Lane are conceived. Lane is a former United Nations investigator who comes back to investigate the zombie issue to find a solution (Brooks 12). Lane’s investigation exposes issues regarding the zombie apocalypse. After investigations and deadly encounters, Lane finds the remedy to this virus thereby ending zombie apocalypse. The film brings out the various strategies that various governments engage in times of emergency. Change is the central theme that marks the turning point of events and how people react to change.
As much as it is a fictional movie, it is apparent that some organizations are seeking change through eliminating the excess human. Watching the film evokes many questions whose answers attest the greed of organizations in their quest for change. The first question likely to come up is how a deadly virus can spread among cities without action by international authorities and governments. Secondly, the movie starts when panic and chaos hit the cities across the world because of the zombie outbreak. It is not clear how things began, but it is truly a turning point for everything. Apparently, the initiators of this change have a good intention of reducing the human burden on the universe, but their actions are extreme and outrageous. The movie shows how ambitious human plans can disrupt world peace and endanger the continuity of the human race.
Further analysis of the film brings out controversial issues about the required change in the human society. As mentioned above, some corporations are conspiring with governments to wipe out a section of the human population claiming that they are taking the necessary precautions to make human life sustainable on earth. Apparently, there is a forecasted apocalypse or, at least, another world war. Nobody knows how it will occur, but there are random ideas regarding the apocalypse, for instance, the film World War Z. The movie presents controversial ideas on how various governments act to counter each other’s political and economic strategies. World War Z surprises to most governments, leaving the audience wondering which government the perpetrator is (Brooks 22). The role of the movie is yet another mystery of interest to everyone. Many analysts argue that it portrays the government and corporate in their quest for political and economic supremacy. As evident, each government is seeking to bring up a change that could make it recognized or at least a superpower.
The occurrence of change enlists several actions and reactions from those it affects. Some often plan for change whereas others are inconsiderate of change. The chaos and panic experienced during the apocalypse are actual manifestations of how societies deal with change across the world. The movie starts at a traffic jam that later becomes chaotic. The situation worsens, and people begin to loot property as they react to the freedom brought about by the change. People begin to butcher each other as the rule of law is overwhelmed by the zombie outbreak. Societies collapse and humanity is lost as people display their wicked characters (Reyburn 122). Those that knew about the change seem to be well organized as seen from their emergence exit plan. The wealthy and powerful governmental leaders find refuge on a naval ship as the less fortunate are left to die. In considering the function of the government in securing its people, only the rich and powerful benefit. For example, a chopper full of military men is sent to a zombie-filled neighborhood to rescue Lane and his family because of his social status. There are other several survivors in Lane’s location, but he is a powerfulscientist. Therefore he enjoys government shield. Apparently, the World War Z story brings a picture of societies at their worst during extreme instances of change.
Government reactions also show how change drives humanity to an edge in the quest for survival. Some government accepts change whereas others are adamant to change. Those that accept change try to find ways of dealing with it and its effects; whereas those that refuse change often fight to maintain the current status. For instance, Israel discovers the looming zombie apocalypse a week before occurrence. In response, the government mobilizes its military personnel to build walls to shield Jerusalem. Apparently, the government accepts the change and is trying to deal with it. Similarly, the United Nations acknowledges the change and employs Lane to find the cure to the zombie virus. On the other hand, the United States and Russia seem to use alternatives that will maintain the status quo. The governments are more concerned with securing their political and economic leadership as opposed to the survival of the human race (Reyburn 120).
As evident from the above discussion, change is always inevitable. Those that accept the change often thrive as opposed to those who fight it. The film World War Z shows the various effects of international crises, and also how people strive to survive. As much as it is a fictional movie, the change presented therein can be interpreted into different contexts and be used to help societies to make better plans.
Brooks, Max. World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War. New York: Crown, 2013. Print.
Reyburn, Duncan. “Reconfiguring the Contagion : a Girardian Reading of the Zombie Apocalypse As a Plea for a Politics of Weakness.” Image &Text : a Journal for Design. 24 (2014): 116-154. Print.