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United Nations employee Gerry Lane (Brad Pitt) traverses the world in a race against time to stop the zombie pandemic that is toppling armies and governments, and threatening to destroy humanity itself.
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Few monsters lend themselves better to allegory than the zombie. In the years since George Romero first set the shambling mold with Night of the Living Dead, filmmakers have been using the undead as handy substitutes for concepts as varied as mall-walking consumers, punk rockers, soccer hooligans, and every political movement imaginable. (All this, plus brain chomping.) World War Z, the mega-scale adaptation of Max Brooks's richly detailed faux-historical novel, presents a zombie apocalypse on a ginormous level never seen before on film. Somehow, however, the sheer size of the scenario, coupled with a distinct lack of visceral explicitness, ends up blunting much of the metaphoric impact. While the globe-hopping action certainly doesn't want for spectacle, viewers may find themselves wishing there was something more to, you know, chew on. Director Marc Forster and his team of screenwriters (including J. Michael Straczynski and Lost's Damon Lindelof) have kept the basic gist of the source material, in which an unexplained outbreak results in a rapidly growing army of the undead. Unlike the novel's sprawling collection of unrelated narrators, however, the film streamlines the plot, following a retired United Nations investigator (Brad Pitt) who must leave his family behind in order to seek out the origins of the outbreak. While the introduction of a central character does help connect some of Brooks's cooler ideas, it also has the curious effect of narrowing the global scale of the crisis. By the time of the third act, in which Pitt finds himself under siege in a confined space, the once epic scope has decelerated into something virtually indistinguishable from any other zombie movie. Even if it's not a genre changer, though, World War Z still has plenty to distinguish itself, including a number of well-orchestrated set pieces--this is a movie that will never be shown on airplanes--and the performances, with Pitt's gradually eroding calm strengthened by a crew of supporting actors (including Mireille Enos, James Badge Dale, and a fantastically loony David Morse) who manage to make a large impression in limited time. Most importantly, it's got those tremendous early scenes of zombie apocalypse, which display a level of frenetic chaos that's somehow both over-the-top and eerily plausible. When the fleet-footed ghouls start dogpiling en masse, even the most level-headed viewer may find themselves checking the locks and heading for the basement. --Andrew Wright
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It`s a fast-paced, sprawling action film with often epic set-piece scenarios that depict a potentially apocalyptic zombie pandemic. An entertaining and imaginative popcorn movie, Brad Pitt does a fair job as the lead actor though there isn`t a lot of character development given the dominance of the concept and pace of events.
It`s a technically well-made film and it holds a certain status with viewers from Scotland as the opening scenes were filmed around Glasgow and in Grangemouth.
The DVD release presents a good clear digital transfer in 16x9 ratio.
A decent enough film of its kind.
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!
Panic sets in as Zombie-Like beings spread their infliction on whoever
they come into contact with and overwhelm.
Special Investigator 'Gerry Lane's only thoughts are to protect his family.
The Authorities need 'Gerry' to help them save the world from the pandemic
that is sweeping humanity aside.
'Gerry' has no choice if he wants his family to remain safe.
Answers are needed ''NOW'' .....'Israel' appear to have got it right....
but how did they know before it all started.......however 'Gerry' will
soon learn 'Israel' have merely delayed the inevitable.
Plenty of frantic and graphic action on board......with it's fair share
of special effects as would you expect within todays films.
Blu-Ray picture quality....as we've come to expect.
At the end of the day,,,,,,,it's another Zombie-Movie.
Extras include....behind the scene featurettes,,,,,,an insider look at the
creation of WWZ apocalypse.
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