When a zombie pandemic begins sweeping the globe, retired U.N. special agent Gerry Lane (Brad Pitt) finds himself in the unenviable position of trying to stop it.
A lesser man would point out that facing down ravenous undead hordes was most emphatically not in the original job description. But Gerry’s better than that. He may not be the best man for the job, but he’s probably the best man alive for the job – and he’s willing to take a shot at saving humanity if it secures his family refuge aboard a U.S. aircraft carrier.
Within hours, he’s on a flight to Camp Humphreys, a military base in South Korea where the term “zombie” was reportedly first used in reference to the plague. And that’s only the beginning. As governments are toppled and armies are crushed, Gerry races against the clock to fulfill one very simple mission: isolate the source, find a cure.
Did I say simple? Silly me.
Whether you enjoy this film or not will largely depend on your expectations as a viewer. Are you looking for a blood and guts frightfest? World War Z leaves gore at the door, and trades slow-burning horror for energetic thrills. Are you looking for a faithful rendering of Max Brooks’ novel? I’ll be honest: this adaption is almost nothing like the book, and it never really tries to be. Are you looking for a fast-moving, character-driven zombie thriller whose overriding philosophy is “go big or go home”? If so, you’ll love this movie.
Where Has the Blood Gone?
The body count in WWZ is astronomical (even though most of the bodies get right back up again). Cities are overrun, countries are destroyed, armies are annihilated, but the amount of blood spilled onscreen is minimal. For some this may be cause for concern. It was for me, initially. When I learned the film had been slapped with a PG-13 rating, I scoffed in disbelief – not because I’m a gorehound who enjoys watching people get dismembered, but because it seemed like a shameless bid for the under-eighteen crowd, despite the fact that the zombiepocalypse has never been youngster-friendly fare.
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