World War Z 3D is a 2013 British-American apocalyptic sci-fi film, based on
the novel of the same name by Max Brooks.
“…distinct, off-beat and fearsomely entertaining”
Life for former United Nations investigator Gerry Lane and his family seems
content. Suddenly, the world is plagued by a mysterious infection turning whole
human populations into rampaging mindless zombies.
After barely escaping the chaos, Lane is persuaded to go on a mission to
investigate this disease. What follows is a perilous trek around the world where
Lane must brave horrific dangers and long odds to find answers before human
World War Z Review
By Rolling Stone, Peter Travers
"Tension, not gore, fuels this zowie zombie apocalypse. The Walking Dead
crowd may be bummed by the relative scarcity of rotting flesh and leaking
pustules. But World War Z is still as smart, shifty and scary as a starving
zombie ready to chow down on you, baby, you.
Surprised? Me, too. Rumors of reshoots, rewrites and production problems
have plagued director Marc Forster’s nearly $200 million film adaptation of
the 2006 novel by Max Brooks (son of Mel) since filming began in 2011. Screw
the toxic buzz. The addictively exciting World War Z comes ready to rock. It
grabs you hard – no mercy.
A dynamite Brad Pitt plays Gerry Lane, a former United Nations
troubleshooter faced with a global zombie invasion. The dead don’t walk, they
sprint. You can feel the oozing buggers even when you can’t see them. The
opening attack in Philadelphia makes mob panic palpable. Gerry barely escapes
with his wife, Karen (Mireille Enos of The Killing), and their two young
He finds temporary safe harbor on an aircraft carrier, based in the
Atlantic and serving as a U.N. command center. There’s a catch: His family
can stay only if Gerry goes out into the hot zone in search of answers and maybe
That’s the movie, following Gerry as he trots the globe. Israel and
Korea are surviving better than most, for reasons I won’t spoil. If you want
to go deeper, dive into Brooks’ spark plug of a book, subtitled An Oral
History of the Zombie War and full of political provocations the film skips in
favor of jolts. What, you expected more from Hollywood? Be grateful that Forster
doesn’t screw up like he did with Quantum of Solace.
His jolts may be PG-13-safe and thematically disconnected, but that
zombie lurch from coach to first-class on a commercial jet is a nerve-fryer.
Ditto the finale at a lab in Wales. As producer and star of World War Z, Pitt
has pulled a potential disaster from the fire. The suspense is killer."