There’s very little agenda here, and the film’s protagonist models solid virtues, like love and commitment to his family, compassion for the suffering and self-sacrifice for the good of others. The movie mostly models people placed in an impossible situation and still responding with kindness, even civility as civilization collapses around them. It even ends on a hopeful note, appealing to our better instincts.
I have to note, especially in the first few moments of the film, you can catch a taste of a leftist, Hollywood worldview seeping through (as you’d expect, frankly), as the movie clangs the “global warming” bell for a few moments and definitely has a pro-United Nations feels to it (although that may be merely a function of the protagonist being a U.N. worker).
Curiously, however, the leftist worldview takes a backseat when the film’s story takes the action to Jerusalem.
The left is a breeding ground for pro-Palestinian, anti-Israel sentiment, quick as it is to swallow the lies of effective propagandists painting Israel as the “Western imperialist occupation” of Arab land. History, of course, reveals a very different reality, but facts rarely get in the way of a good “victim” story for most liberals.
And for a brief moment, it appears as if “World War Z” is going to take a wild, anti-Israel swing, as a CIA agent accuses the Jewish state of knowing about the zombie outbreak ahead of time and protecting itself while the world burns.
Without giving too much away, however, rather than painting Israel as some sort of genocidal snake, “World War Z” ends up revealing the Jewish state as a glowing, if tragic, paragon of compassion and good will.
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