World War Z

A former United Nations employee traverses the world in a race against time to stop a zombie pandemic.

 

United States
United Kingdom
2013
Feature Film
Realism: 
Supernatural
Character Focus: 
Zombie Film
Catastrophes: 
Apocalypse
Crash
Explosion
Extinction
Fire
7.04
The be-all and end-all of zombie flicks!
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7.04
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Effects
Pace
Photography
Can World War Z revive a dead subgenre? “Z” stands for zombie, and these guys are taking no prisoner. They’re just about the most hectic flesh-eaters I’ve seen on the screen. The introduction scene is breath-taking and captures the immense scope of this apocalyptic scenario. It’s full of crowded establishing shots that look expensive and are heavily composited.
Brace yourself; this is a 2-hour roller-coaster ride! Brad Pitt runs his way through this incessant mayhem, with no apparent resolution in sight. This may be one of the best zombie flicks there is, but it does have pacing and exposition issues. Can’t say that I cared about Pitt’s family, or any soldier wearing fatigues. It’s the strange and eccentric characters you end up giving a damn about.
The politics are a little daunting, but World War Z, if only by its title, will find its niche, anyway. This blockbuster gets its depth from the novel it’s based on. The make-up, practical, and digital effects are astonishing, and there’s no telling what is a stunt and what is CG. Pitt’s arc is immense, and kind of ludicrous. No one’s that lucky! Great ending, though! Great conclusion!
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