World War Z

  • 15
  • Marc Forster (2013)
  • US / Malta
  • 115 min
Film Review
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3 out of 5

"Movement is life" says the everyman hero of this big-budget adaptation of Max Brooks's apocalyptic novel, but it most certainly means death, too, when hordes of zombies literally rain from the sky. Brad Pitt plays the former UN troubleshooter who must scour the globe in an attempt to find the cause of the cataclysmic pandemic that's transforming Earth's population into swarms of the undead. However, these ghouls aren't the shambling slowcoaches of George A Romero's Dead saga; they are more akin to the swift 28 Days Later variety, and can turn the living into feral fiends in mere seconds. Pitt oozes (a bit too much) serenity in the face of deadly encounters in Philadelphia (played here by Glasgow), Korea, Israel and Wales, particularly as the safety of his family is dependent on whether he survives to report his findings. Zombie flicks are now a ten-a-penny staple of the horror genre, and it's hard to stand out from the pack, but there are one or two jump-out-of-your-skin moments here, and the epic dimension of the tale (including masses of undead scaling the walled city of Jerusalem like an army of ants) is jaw-dropping at times. But fans keen on their zombie yarns sloshing in claret and viscera will probably feel cheated by this curiously bloodless affair, and, despite a tense finale in the corridors of a Welsh medical facility, the film ends with a whimper rather than a bang.

Plot Summary

Action horror thriller starring Brad Pitt. Former UN employee Gerry Lane and his family find themselves in the middle of a zombie plague that is threatening to destroy the world. Gerry is soon persuaded to help what's left of the US government and embarks on a globe-trotting expedition to seek out a cure.

Cast and crew


Gerry Lane
Brad Pitt
Karin Lane
Mireille Enos
Daniella Kertesz
Captain Speke
James Badge Dale
Jurgen Warmbrunn
Ludi Boeken
Matthew Fox
Thierry Umutoni
Fana Mokoena
Ex-CIA agent
David Morse
Navy SEAL commander
John Gordon-Sinclair
WHO doctor
Peter Capaldi
WHO doctor
Pierfrancesco Favino
WHO doctor
Ruth Negga
WHO doctor
Moritz Bleibtreu
Naval commander
David Andrews (2)
Russian fighter
Konstantin Khabensky


Marc Forster

Other Information

Theatrical distributor: 
Violence, some swearing.
Available on DVD and BluRay
Released 21 Jun 2013
Certificate 15