10. The Great Panic The World War Z film begins immediately in the thick of the action martial law has already been declared and the Lanes encounter a horde during an everyday commute. This first act carnage is usually good for a film as it makes for instant momentum, but in terms of a World War Z movie, Id argue its an opportunity missed. The book looks at what is known as The Great Panic and the months before, where people didnt know quite how to deal with something as different as the zombie plague. The story was in the reactions, yet the film swept all this up into an opening credit sequence. For book fans that had to suck, and it missed out one of the biggest parts of the World War Z Universe Phalanx, the fake drug marketed as a vaccine for the zombie plague. Phalanx couldve helped explain why the zombies took over so quickly and would have explained why the horde had got to such a size when the Lanes encountered it. Its absence is also a shame as Phalanx, and its inventor Breckenridge Scott, permeates the entirety of mid-zombie-war society as some sort of cure-all as well as offering the ultimate condemnation of American individualism Scott wanted to profit, so he condemned millions to un-death for the sake of his own bottom line. It was a great subtext but sadly, the film chose to can it.