World War Z (15)
Directed by: Marc Forster
Starring: Brad Pitt, Mireille Enos, Daniella Kertesz
Running time: 116mins
United Nations employee Gerry Lane 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.
Gerry Lane (Brad Pitt), along with his wife and two young daughters, gets caught up in a plague of epic proportions. With the infected biting and virtually instantly turning their victims into mindless infected zombies, he must get his family to safety and with the help of the limited resources available, try and find the outbreaks source and get a cure before all of humanity is wiped out.
Travelling from one country to the next in search of patient zero, Gerry encounters entire cities of the living dead. But with hope fading as fast the outbreak is moving, can he save not only his family but perhaps humanity itself before it is too late?
World War Z is a zombie film unlike any other. There is very little blood and guts so to speak and virtually none of the genre’s canned food and shotguns ethos. Instead we have a very well thought out plot involving a menace that is more akin to a plague of ants, albeit with cannibalistic tendencies.
Director Marc Forster keeps the tension building constantly so that safe havens are as equally chilling as open air spaces. The script, which thankfully has no classic or clichéd one-liners, is instead filled with taught dialogue that makes this an intelligent thriller instead of a typical gore-fest.
Brad Pitt is on excellent form as a man trying to deal with events as best he can, and whilst the film’s fast pace seems to never let up, the more relaxed moments fill the viewer with a world that has as much beauty as it has a new-found horror.
As a fan of the zombie genre, World War Z is perhaps the most intelligent version of a zombie apocalypse you will ever see, with science and intelligence being of more importance than a loaded gun.
A brilliant and at times chilling thriller that, for all of its lacking onscreen blood, guts and the more grisly bits, has scenes that are truly horrific and are of a scale rarely seen in either daylight or darkness. The viewer may rest easy though, this is a thrill of a ride, just be glad there are no real walking dead out there, or are there….