World War Z
Ian Bryce, Dede Gardner, Jeremy Kleiner, Brad Pitt, David Ellison (executive), Marc Forster (executive), Dana Goldberg (executive), Tim Headington (executive), Graham King (executive), Paul Schwake (executive), Brad Simpson (executive) for Plan B Entertainment, 2DUX², Apparatus Productions, Latina Pictures/Paramount Pictures, Skydance Media
directed by Marc Forster
starring Brad Pitt, Mireille Enos, Daniella Kertesz, James Badge Dale, Ludi Boeken, Matthew Fox, Fana Mokoena, David Morse, Elyes Gabel, Peter Capaldi, Pierfrancesco Favino, Ruth Negga, Moritz Bleibtreu, Sterling Jerins, Abigail Hargrove, Fabrizio Zacharee Guido, David Andrews, John Gordon Sinclair, Grégory Fitoussi, Jane Perry, Lucy Russell, Mark Holden, Tim Berrington, Konstantin Khabenskiy, Michiel Huisman, Lee Nicholas Harris, Ann Ogbomo, Jonathan Howard, Mike Noble, Ernesto Cantu, Vicky Araico, Graham Hornsby, Nick Bartlett, Kevin Kiely jr, Ruari Cannon, Ryen Perkins-Gangnes, Khalid Laith, Noa Bodner, Assaf Ben-Shimon, Gil Cohen-Alloro, Yaniv Rokah, Shaul Ezer, Linoy Aynesaz, Efrat Avni, Maisam Masri, Renu Setna, Ori Pfeffer, Julia Levy-Boeken, Imran Mraish, Yousef Hayyan Jubeh, Josh Wingate, Troy Glasgow, Richard Thomson, Ewan Ross, Song Xuan Ke, Christian Wong, Denis Ischenko, Nikola Djuricko, Elen Rhys, Paula Videniece, Doron Davidson, Lee Colley, Michael Jenn, Sarah Amankwah
story by Matthew Michael Carnahan, J. Michael Straczynski, screenplay by Matthew Michael Carnahan, Drew Goddard, Damon Lindelof, based on the novel by Max Brooks, music by Marco Beltrami, special makeup effects by Legacy Effects, visual effects by Moving Picture Company (MPC), Cinesite, BOT VFX, Centroid Motion Capture
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All Gerry (Brad Pitt) wanted to do this morning was to drive his wife
(Mireille Enos) and kids (Sterling Jerins, Abigail Hargrove) to work and
school, respectively - but then they run into a massive traffic jam ...
caused by a zombie outbreak. Now as a former UN operative, Gerry has
people he can call to bring him and his family to a safe spot, a
battleship miles off any coast - but this rescue comes at its cost as the
UN want Gerry back, to help them in their fight to contain the outbreak.
So they have him escort a virologist (Elyes Gabel) to South Korea, the
suspected Ground Zero of the outbreak to begin searching for a cure - an
enterprise that's cut short when said virologist is killed pretty much
upon arrival. But Gerry finds a clue that leads to Israel, the only
country as of yet not affected by the zombie outbreak - because they've
built a wall around it, a wall besieged by zombies. Gerry doesn't have
much luck in Israel either though, as he arrives only hours before the
zombies actually manage to mount the wall and get into the country,
wreaking havoc along the way, and he and a wounded soldier (Daniella
Kertesz), whose arm he has chopped off to avoid the zombie disease from
spreading through her body, only just make it onto a commercial plane to
God-knows-where - that God-knows-where eventually turning out to be
Cardiff, Wales, where there's a W.H.O. science lab that's - well, they're
doing something there for sure. But ultimately, it's Gerry who has the
decisive idea how to keep the zombies from attacking humans: Humankind
just has to be infected with a in itself fatal but easily curable disease
as zombies won't attack the sick, and problem solved. Problem is, all the
fatal viruses at hand at the lab are contained in a part of the complex
already controlled by the zombies. And even shoult Gerry succeed to
retrieve the viruses, what guarantee does he have that his plan works ...
Peter Capaldi and German superstar Moritz Bleibtreu play W.H.O.
World War Z is a movie that falls between
way too many stools: Its story features many interesting aspects hardly
ever touched upon in other zombie movies, its plot is in itself logical
(suspension of disbelief presupposed of course), and it's rather
well-paced without overwhelming its audience. On the other hand, the
film's pretty much devoid of characters as the only role that's given more
than cardboard character status is Gerry, and even he lacks a character
arc, he's just heroic and a caring husband/father from beginning to end.
Also, for a zombie film, this one's very tame, it doesn't even try to make
the horrors of the undead palpable. OIn top of that, this movie more than
every other proves that running zombies just won't work: Instead of
carefully built up zombie attacks we are in this one treated to a few too
many jump scares with the zombies just appearing out of nowhere, pretty
much whenever the story demands someone to die - which above all else
means there's little in terms of actual suspense or tension, just pop-up
shocks. And all this is a shame, as the concept of this movie is pretty
cool - it just hasn't been turned into too good a movie.