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"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
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.
A virus sweeps across the globe, turning everyone infected into mindless, ravening zombies. As entire countries fall into chaos, a United Nations investigator sets off on a journey around the world to discover the cause of the pandemic and hopefully find a cure before human civilisation is brought to an end. Thriller based on the novel by Max Brooks, starring Brad Pitt and Mireille Enos.
Cast & Crew
James Badge Dale
Navy SEAL commander
David Andrews (2)
Violence, some swearing.
DVD and Blu-ray
21 Jun 2013
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