World War Z

World War Z

Marc Forster (2013)

115min
15 Certificate
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Review

Our Score
"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. Fans keen on their zombie yarns sloshing in claret will prefer this gorier extended version of the film compared to the original theatrical cut, but, despite a tense finale in the corridors of a Welsh medical facility, it all ends with a whimper rather than a bang.

Summary

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

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

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: ParamountGuidance: Violence, some swearing.Available on: DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 21 Jun 2013
Drama