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World War Z

By CURTIS WOLOSCHUK
It looks like Hollywood executives can sleep a little easier at night, once again content in the knowledge that they can solve a problem by throwing enough money at it. Thanks to $20 million in reshoots, Marc Forster's World War Z has managed to conceal most of the cosmetic evidence of its clusterfuck production and emerge as an eminently watchable summer blockbuster. That said, it remains fundamentally flawed. Billed as “an oral history of the zombie war,” Max Brooks' inventive 2006 novel-turned-source material saw dozens of characters sharing their horrific accounts of humanity's annihilation at the rotting hands of the undead. It’s disappointing, then, that this adaptation centers on just a single character. Brad Pitt plays Gerry Lane, a former U.N. investigator whose family is set upon by agents of the zombie apocalypse. With this brand of walking dead more akin to rabid sprinters than somnambulists, humanity is quite literally overrun in record time. Forster's previous work on Quantum of Solace and Machine Gun Preacher hasn’t instilled much faith in his aptitude for directing action, and he lives down to his reputation here. The best that can be said is that his lack of spatial awareness occasionally serves to heighten the frantic chaos of the large-scale skirmishes. What World War Z most glaringly lacks, though, is any unique sensibility. The screenplay has no interest in subtext—the lifeblood of any great zombie film. Ultimately, such a product can only satisfy the most mindless of hordes.
 
  • Genres: Action, Horror
  • Running Time: 115 minutes
  • Release Date: Friday, June 21, 2013
  • Country: United States
  • Language: English
  • MPAA Rating: PG-13 [ Disturbing Images, Intense Frightening Zombie Seq, Violence ]
  • Critic's Score: C
  • Starring: Brad Pitt [Gerry Lane], Mireille Enos [Karen Lane], James Badge Dale [Speke], Daniella Kertesz [Segen], Matthew Fox [Parajumper], David Morse [Burt Reynolds], Fana Mokoena [Thierry], Abigail Hargrove [Rachel Lane], Sterling Jerins [Constance Lane], Ludi Boeken [Warmbrumm], Fabrizio Guido [Tomas]
  • Directed by: Marc Forster [Director], Matthew Carnahan [Screenwriter], Brad Pitt [Producer], Dede Gardner [Producer], Jeremy Kleiner [Producer], Ian Bryce [Producer], Marc Forster [Executive Producer], Brad Simpson [Executive Producer], David Ellison [Executive Producer], Dana Goldberg [Executive Producer], Paul Schwake [Executive Producer], Graham King [Executive Producer], Tim Headington [Executive Producer], Ben Seresin [Cinematographer], Nigel Phelps [Production Design], Roger Barton [Film Editor], Matt Chesse [Film Editor], Mayes Rubeo [Costume Designer], Marco Beltrami [Original Music], Jon Billington [Supervising Art Direction], Alan Gilmore [Senior Art Director], Julian Ashby [Senior Art Director], Ben Collins [Art Director], Matthew Gray [Art Director], James Foster [Art Director], Jennifer Williams [Set Decoration], Kathleen Chopin [Casting]
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