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Marc Forster’s zombie thriller “World War Z” has been available for viewing for a while — I probably can’t say too much that hasn’t already been said.  But I did have three particular thoughts I wanted to share.

1. The Westward Journey

brad-pitt-world-war-zAs former U.N. employee Gerry Lane (Brad Pitt) sets off on a globe-encompassing journey to find the antidote to the sudden zombie plague overtaking humanity, we notice that his trajectory leads unfailingly westward — from Korea to Israel to Wales.

The archetypal westward journey has always intrigued people, as the west — the direction of the setting sun — has traditionally been associated with death.

Sure enough — SPOILER ALERT — Lane does have an encounter with death by the end.  He must enter into the very center of the zombie “infestation” of a Welsh laboratory in order to procure an antidote that could save mankind.

Christ_Carrying_the_Cross_1580The Christ reference here is obvious.  Jesus Christ’s was the definitive Westward Journey.  He conquered evil by journeying into the very heart of darkness and death itself (much to the surprise of those who expected Israel’s Messiah to be more of a military conqueror).

2. Israel’s Wall

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I was also fascinated by the fact that Israel knew about the oncoming zombie plague before the rest of the world, and accordingly prepared itself.

Just as “World War Z” envisions a zombie plague infecting all of humanity, the Old Testament draws attention to the universal plague of sin.  Furthermore, just as Israel gets a heads-up about the zombie epidemic and builds a defense against the onslaught in “World War Z,” God elects Israel and gives it His divine laws so as to make them holy in the Old Testament.

But ultimately, the zombies make it over Israel’s wall.  In the same way, the preparatory Mosaic Law given to Israel could not take away sin.  That took an act of God, who undertook a self-effacing journey into death like that of Gerry Lane.

3. Noise

zombieFinally, the notion that zombies are attracted by noise was, at the very least, intriguing.

I don’t think there’s any way around it: We are a culture of noise.  Between iPads, televisions, blasting car stereos, busy traffic, and our many other sources of auditory overkill, silence has become a rare commodity indeed.

Color me extreme, but I think we could say that noise has a way of “attracting” the enemies of mankind — namely, the devil and his minions.  Let me explain: When we don’t make sufficient room for silence, reflection, and introspection, when we distract ourselves too much with useless noise, then bad influences can creep into our lives without our even realizing it.

To be sure, there is also such a thing as too much silence, and the devil can use that against us as well.  But frankly, I don’t think our culture has that problem.  I think, rather, that it stands in need of rediscovering the legitimate function of silence.

But that’s a whole different post.  Thanks for reading.

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Image of “Christ Carrying the Cross” by El Greco from Wikipedia; others obtained through a Google image search.

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