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Saturday, June 22, 2013

World War Z (2013)

A former United Nations representative (Brad Pitt) is stuck in a traffic jam in Philadelphia with his family when all Hell breaks loose. A sudden and immense attack by infected humans whose bite turns their victims into ..... fellow zombies. A perilous and intense escape eventually allows a rescue by the U.S. government that takes them to the safety of a naval ship in the Atlantic ocean. But it's only the beginning of a zombie war that leads Pitt's character to South Korea, Israel and Wales in the hopes of finding the source and the cure for the world wide situation. Loosely, very loosely based on the novel by Max Brooks (son of Anne Bancroft and Mel Brooks), the film doesn't resemble the novel much which was more interior rather than action motivated. For what the film is, it's a consuming and fervid action/horror piece. Somehow the zombie phenomenon which has gripped the country in the last few years has eluded me so I'm not zombie-ed out and it seemed fresh to me. The film has three sensational set pieces that had the audience breaking out into spontaneous applause: the chaotic first attack in the streets of Philadelphia, the stunning Israel sequence and the zombie attack on the airplane. It's not the kind of film that allows for much character development but Pitt manages to make his U.N. rep believably human rather than a standard action hero. Directed by Marc Forster (MONSTER'S BALL). With Mireille Enos, Daniella Kertesz, Matthew Fox, Fana Mokoena, David Morse and Ludi Boeken.

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