WORLD WAR Z
Heroic Selflessness Saves the World
Starring: Brad Pitt, Mirelle Enos,
Daniella Kertesz, Matthew Fox,
Abigail Hargrove, James Badge
Dale, Fana Mokena
Audience: Teenagers and adults
Runtime: 116 minutes
Distributor: Paramount Pictures/Viacom
Director: Marc Forster
Executive Producer: David Ellison, Dana Goldberg,
Tim Headington, Graham King,
Paul Schwake, Bradford Simpson
Producer: Ian Bryce, Dede Gardner,
Jeremy Kleiner, Brad Pitt
Writer: Matthew Michael Carnahan, Drew
Goddard, Damon Lindelof, J.
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The story follows family man Gerry Lane (Brad Pitt), a retired United Nations (UN) epidemics expert who is forced back to work when a mysterious virus causes a rapid, worldwide epidemic of people turning into zombies, and then attacking and infecting others indiscriminately. To help stop the epidemic, Lane has to leave his wife and two young daughters behind on a US Navy warship to keep them safe from attack. Meanwhile, he jets across the globe to attack epicenters in South Korea, Israel and finally Scotland. All the time, he is chased by and has to fight off hordes of the undead creatures.
Some of the zombie effects in WORLD WAR Z are gruesome or scary. The movie’s also packed with massive attacks by zombie hordes, with humans having to shoot them dead. Otherwise, however, WORLD WAR Z maintains a distinctive human element throughout. It keeps its story engaging on an emotional level as well. For example, it establishes Gerry Lane as a family man from the start. This gives viewers a real reason to root strongly for him and to worry about his and his loved ones’ fates.
Cinematically speaking, although the astonishing special effects are no doubt CGI, they maintain a realistic grittiness that keeps the zombies realistic throughout, no matter how big their hordes are. The key here is likely director Marc Forster, who directed emotionally driven indie movies like MONSTERS BALL and THE KITE RUNNER before becoming an action director with the James Bond movie QUANTUM OF SOLACE. As a result, he manages to unite both kinds of movies together in this one.
In addition, the movie’s four writers are all experts of science-fiction including the TV series LOST, the movie CLOVERFIELD, and TV’s BABYLON 5. They wring out maximum terror while avoiding overly graphic blood and guts violence, keeping the language almost completely clean, and leaving out any pointless sex or nudity. They also add in plenty of dark wit that results in some good laughs to relieve all the scary tension. Overall, WORLD WAR Z is JURASSIC PARK for mature audiences.
WORLD WAR Z is an exciting, entertaining, yet occasionally terrifying, depiction of a solid family man leading the quest to defeat a worldwide zombie rampage. Some of the zombie effects are gruesome or scary, so MOVIEGUIDE® advises strong caution. The movie’s also packed with massive attacks by zombie hordes, with humans having to shoot them dead. Otherwise, however, WORLD WAR Z maintains a distinctive human element throughout. It keeps its story engaging on an emotional level. Mature viewers will want to root for the family man hero in WORLD WAR Z.