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World War Z 2013

World War Z is the fast-paced, pulse-pounding epic of the potential last days of the human race. Former United Nations employee Gerry Lane (Brad Pitt) is called in to help stop the pandemic that has spread around the world.

Starring:
Brad Pitt, Mireille Enos
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1 hour, 55 minutes

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Genres Drama, Horror
Director Marc Forster
Starring Brad Pitt, Mireille Enos
Supporting actors Daniella Kertesz, James Badge Dale, Ludi Boeken, Matthew Fox, Fana Mokoena, David Morse, Elyes Gabel, Peter Capaldi, Pierfrancesco Favino, Ruth Negga, Moritz Bleibtreu, Sterling Jerins, Abigail Hargrove, Fabrizio Zacharee Guido, David Andrews, John Gordon Sinclair, Grégory Fitoussi, Jane Perry
Studio Paramount
BBFC rating Suitable for 15 years and over
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By Jules TOP 500 REVIEWER on 22 Oct. 2013
Format: DVD
Gerry Lane (Pitt) is a United Nations investigator, currently in hiatus spending time with his family. Things open with his American Pie picket fenced house dowsed in sunshine & Gerry's ordinary family enjoying the preparation to a trip. Caught in a mysterious traffic jam in Philadelphia, that soon erupts into chaos & the Lane family trying to escape for their lives from terrifying zombie hordes. Deemed to be a VIP by his old friend Thierry & UN Deputy Secretary-General, a helicopter snaps them from the jaws of death. But Gerry is thrown back into the Zeke's den, as he is sent on a globe trotting mission to find a cure for this pandemic.

World War Z builds up nicely & tensely to it's zombie eruption & makes the opening 30-35 minutes of the film a great introduction. After this it's a roller coaster of up's & downs as Gerry comes face to face on a constant basis with the Zeke's, as he hunts down a cure. A cure which in this case, is a more interesting one in terms of it's unique benefits. The zombies themselves are not the archetype George A.Romero flesh eating, shambling Zed's. But instead the fast & athletic 28 Days Later style infected, that are more interested in biting & infecting people than eating them. Which facilitates the fast action pace of the movie, as the Zeke's hurdle around the place like a human wave of destruction.

Visual & sound, the zombies are well detailed, belivable & fill you with trepidation by just hearing them, and enjoying the eruption of panic they inflict. But at times the camera is shaking so much in scenes, it's hard to appreciate them in action, but thankfully in the finale which slows things down, we see them more close up & they're habits.
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Max Brook's book produced a very ride ranging treatment of the "practicalities" of zombie warfare. The film concentrates on some areas of the book but also adds a Walking Dead family (you know the ones, mom seems oblivious to people being eaten, and the kids cannot obey even the simplest command) plus a bad attack of the Noisy Moves (in which even the simplest stroll is accompanied by stuff being dropped, kicked, knocked over or creaking). The result is a simple grab at involvement where a cleverer treatment might have impressed more. The zombies were very good with their ant-like speed and tactics.
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I am also a late comer to this film and I have to say, I'm so glad I came to it! I don't do horror films generally, they DO freak me out and zombie films are just my worst nightmare (with the exception of clowns, clowns are just wrong!). I bought this in an effort to be brave and to ogle at Brad Pretty (not a typo). Well I'm truly glad I was being brave. This film is gripping from the start, when I say gripping, I mean superglue! It is literally minutes before you have no choice but to continue.
Aside from looking good, Brad does quite a good job, he's convincing enough and while I want overly in love with his screen wife in the film, I could've been convinced easy enough. The children in the film make the suspense and tension all the more real and Brad does a good job of convincing you he is the doting daddy.
The premise is that his character is a retired UN officer and that as a consequence of the entire world seeming to go rabid, they require him to assist with the "sustained threat". So it starts. The zombies are literally on steroids and super fast. Only Bolt would have half a hope of outrunning them. No more spoilers though, genuinely one of the best zombie films I've seen, less mindless gore, more story, more action, well worth the few hours!
If you're after gore, go elsewhere, but if your after sustained thrills throughout, a decent enough story and Brad Pretty ogles, definitely the film to choose, even for wusses like me who are terrified of zombies :-/
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Not a big Brad fan really, but I'm a Zombie film addict so I visited the local Vue with partner and 'we' chose this film from a seemingly bad list of currently showing films that were on.

The action and special effects are actually often spectacular, and there are suspenseful moments even if the plot is basically the same as every other Zombie film. CGI is a somewhat obvious in some scenes but nowhere near as bad as in some recent popular blockbusters, so quite forgiveable. Plot is atrociously predictable and you really do know how it is all going to pan out way before the credits...but that's because it's a Zombie film...that's the fun of it.

Brad Pitt is okay in it. Too many 'aren't I gorgeous' close up shots for my liking, but others will no doubt see it differently (I think one of his best performace was in 12 Monkeys myself). Mireille Enos from The Killing seemed a weird pair up as kid ladened partner of the 'man who saves the world'. She has a bit too much presence for the roll and it felt uncomfortable watching her as the worried stoic wife in every scene.

Not anywhere near as graphic as other Zombie movies, which was somewhat of a let down actually. I don't know if a Zombie film really should be so accessible. Anyhow, I enjoyed it overall nonetheless. Picked up the blu-ray dirt cheap (as you should for all zombie movies) and the picture quality is excellent and sound is also pretty good as well.
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