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World War Z [DVD]
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VINE VOICEon 23 July 2014
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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
The world ignores the signs of global disaster and the next thing you know there is a world wide zombie (closer to rabies) pandemic.

Brad Pitt,who is now a family man, must save the world to save his family. There is some background noise that would indicate the zombie outbreak might be caused by how man destroys the environment and ignores the signs (global warming, wink, wink, nudge, nudge.) The world is thrust into anarchy, while the military exists.

Brad must look for the original virus somewhere in the world to find a cure. We discover N.Korea is unaffected because they pulled everyone's teeth. Israel is unaffected because they have a great wall around their country, but apparently cold isolated places like Greenland are infected. The only reason I point out these inconsistencies is because the film writers went to great length to make the film realistic. Oh yes, if you have a lot of people on a ship, they share beds and sleep in shifts.

I enjoyed the film more as a pandemic film than a foot dragging, flesh eating, living dead, rotting zombie film, because that is what it was. I would say if you don't like Brad Pitt, don't see this film. There is very little screen time that doesn't show his face. Should make for a good video game and a decent sequel.

Parental Guide: No f-bombs, sex, or nudity.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
"World War Z" is an entertaining Brad Pitt thriller based on the Zombie war novels by Max Brooks.

The premise is that there is a contagion spread mainly through being bitten by a zombie which can turn a normal person into a zombie in a few seconds.

The central character, Gerry Lane (Brad Pitt) is a former UN investigator who is used to doing dangerous jobs in difficult parts of the world, but retired to look after his family. When the zombie contagion hits and destroys civilisation over vast areas of the world in a very short time, his former bosses want to recruit him to look after a brilliant but slightly unworldly biologist, Dr Fassbach (Elyes Gable) who is the best hope of finding a cure for the pandemic if Gerry can keep him alive in some very dangerous places ...

It's basically a pretty standard zombie all-action film with a few clever twists, though you may have difficulty suspending disbelief at certain points.

Much of the action in the latter part of the film takes place at a World Health Organisation (W.H.O.) facility where the actors who play two of the senior surviving doctors are respectively Peter Capaldi (the current Doctor Who, link: Doctor Who - The Complete Series 8 [DVD] [2014]) and Pierfrancesco Favino (General Glozelle from The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian [Blu-ray])

When the cast list comes up at the end of the film these characters are described collectively as "W.H.O. Doctor" - hence my joke in the title of this review that it stars Doctor Who as a W.H.O. Doctor.

If you like the all-action zombie mild horror/thriller genre then you will probably enjoy this. Just don't try to take it seriously.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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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on 8 July 2014
Really loved this movie it was clever a fresh for a zombie flick. It has the same level of intensity as 28 days/weeks later and reminded me of them in a few parts, particularly the start. Some parts slowed down a bit to catch up on plans and to catch your breath but when the action comes in just brace yourself, you don't have time to think. I remember sitting on my bed watching the zombies coming over the wall. I had my arms up beside my head and every single muscle in my body was like a rock. It really has you on edge because you cant help but imagine what you would do in that situation. The words "omg run ...get in get in, hurry up" were said multiple times during this movie. Some parts are so frantic and crazy you really don't know how they will get out of it. The part in Israel really impressed me, its amazing how much mayhem happens in a matter of seconds. The digital work don't in these scenes are something to behold, you actually think they are real bodies running around but they are actually all drawn.

There are some very frustrating parts in it where ALL they had to do was to be quiet but there is always someone who wasn't watching where his weapon was or where he was standing on. I was screaming at the TV but I guess the audience should be grateful that they do screw up and get chased all over the place. Otherwise nothing would happen. But in reality you would do anything to make damn sure that you don't make a sound, since it will result in you getting torn to shreds.

The zombies are quite frightening, not just because they are fast but just because of the way they behave. They kind of reminded me of how army ants cling to each other to create hills or bridges. Other times they seem to just fling each other into walls and cars or off buildings at high speed. They almost move as a single moving unit which has an amazing effect on screen and my jaw was just on the floor for some shots. When they descend on an area there are merely seconds to decide what to do. This reminds me very much of the zombies in 28 days later with much less mess (no projectile vomiting of blood) but just as twitchy. these zombies don't want to bash your face in they just want to infect you. Then they run off and grab another.

Their eyes actually look dead (greyed out) and not bloodshot and their skin is dry and shrived (this makes sense if you don't have a pulse). This is not rage like in 28 days later, it is a full blown virus and there are some very good theory's on how these viruses behave in the bonus features. The zombies kind of represent a manifestation of that, once they infect the victim automatically looks for another host to infect. They are just so freaky and it take roughly 11 seconds for a victim to change once bitten.

I would highly recommend this movie for a thrill and an intense ride. There is minimal blood and you don't really see anyone getting bitten up close. This movie works more on your nervous system, its very VERY tense in a lot of the scenes. Some are very claustrophobic, others show sheer scale with amazing ariel views of cities ect.

full stars from me.
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on 17 November 2013
The world is plagued by a mysterious infection, turning the majority of the human race into rampaging mindless zombies.

After him and his family barely escape the chaos, Gerry Lane is persuaded to go on a mission to investigate this disease.

What follows is a perilous trek around the world where Lane must brave horrific dangers and odds to find answers before human civilisation ceases to exist.......

In a summer that has been really underwhelming since the end of May, this has to be one of the surprise of the summer, even the year, because along with After Earth, this movie was the one I had little faith in.

I needn't have worried, because not only is Pitt really good in this, its entertaining from beginning to end. The cast are great, even blink and miss them roles like Fox and Capaldi, so Pitt has even more strain on his shoulders carrying this.

Forster has done a great job making the movie, and having not read the source material, its still a great story and slickly directed, despite him tripping up with Quantum Of Solace.

There are three really good standout scenes, the opening rampage, the plane sequence which is by far the most tense scene of the film, and the final act, which despite being set in Wales, is is terrifying.

There are a few parts that drag, the Jerusalem piece is a little out of synch, and the film has the worst product placement ever depicted to film, which takes you away from the film because its literally laugh out loud funny.

But as I've said, in summer of depressing movies that could have been great, but were not, this is a refreshingly good blockbuster, and not a superhero or robot in sight.

Plus, its the best film ever to have Brad Pitt stop for a refreshing can of fizzy soda whilst avoiding Zombies because he's a little bit ill.
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TOP 500 REVIEWERon 22 October 2013
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. The eerie closed in locations make you feel on edge as every small sound is magnified 10-20 times, while to the other end of the scale, when locations are made all the more dramatic in scale as the camera zooms out to reveal the true scale of the danger. The music compliments things well, as it's change in rhythm & tone suited either the immediate danger, tenseness or somber after math.

The acting on the whole was pretty good, with some of the best performances sadly relegated to small/limited scenes/roles. Brad Pitt (Moneyball) himself was okay but rather withdrawn at times, never quite went that extra mile. Those that got more screen time, Fana Mokoena (Hotel Rwanda) as Thierry, Mireille Enos (The Killing) as Gerry's wife, Sterling Jerins & Abigail Hargrove his children were all okay & unknown Daniella Kertesz didn't impress. Those who were impressive but cut short, included James Badge Dale's (Iron Man 3) down to earth & witty US Captain who was the most memorable & impressive performance IMO. David Morse's (The Green Mile) unhinged Ex-CIA agent added a creepy, Apocalypse Now, scene. Elyes Gabel (Body of Proof) was literally killed out the plane after a great speech. The next Doctor Who, Peter Capaldi, along with Ruth Negga (Fury ) & Pierfrancesco Favino (Angels and Demons) impressed in the finale, but with limited roles as Mr Pitt is the focus, which might be okay if he was putting in a more eye catching performance.

In conclusion, World War Z is a big budget Hollywood zom-pocalypse, essentially a more fast paced & explosive 28 Days Later. Very entertaining, but i wouldn't had guessed it cost $200 million dollars to make, wow!. Contains mild language, graphic violence & disturbing scenes. Recommended.
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TOP 500 REVIEWERon 19 July 2013
Given some of the harsh reviews at the time of its release, I was pleasantly surprised by this. It's big and it's loud when it needs to be, for instance there are hordes of undead teaming about the place, smashing into doors and generally making life miserable for those not yet infected. This latest celluloid affliction is a cross between 28 days later and any zombie gang you care to mention. Once bitten, the madness takes hold instantly and with the global population turning into rabid nut jobs the authorities take to the seas and ask their former top investigator (Bradders) to find the point of origin. His reluctance retreats when his family are offered board and shelter on the basis that he pitch in, so he sets off globe trotting looking for clues. It's all a bit daft of course but everyone's represented, the budget is huge and there's excitement aplenty. There are marvelous set pieces, along with some screenplay stupidity, the top medical adviser is dispatched within seconds by falling over and shooting himself which was a bit daft and then a ringing mobile phone cuts the air during a very inappropriate moment, having said that, these plot devices do move things along. The visuals are absolutely stunning; Brad's journey includes the sight of a mushroom cloud in the near distance, his grim reticence at the apparent nuclear explosion is well handled and the CGI certainly left an impression on me. The final reel includes an attack on board a plane and there are some tense moments as Brad gets closer to finding a cure.
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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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You know that feeling when you sit down to watch a film that you have no expectations of and are not really that bothered about and then are completely surprised by? Well I had that with World War Z. At first glance this was just another zombie film amongst a myriad of sub-par zombie films. I stuck it firmly on my to watch list but wasn't too worried about when.

So it was with great surprise that after 114 minutes I was wondering where the time had gone. From the off World War Z gets straight to the point. No messing about with build up or exposition, that all happens a the film goes along. No this is purely an action horror film and its proud! The action is fast and inventive. It constantly throws you into some tense moments and always feels urgent and dangerous. This is largely down to the epic scale of the outbreak and the way it is portrayed. Big long distance shots showing masses of zombies clambering up walls and throwing themselves at their victims.

This is world wide chaos at its best. Brad Pitt is fairly non-descript but is easy to follow and root for. The special effects are very immersive and some of the zombie effects are suitably chilling. As an action film it works really well and delivers where it counts. A surprisingly entertaining blockbuster!
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