On an ordinary day, Gerry Lane and his family find their quiet drive interrupted by urban gridlock. An ex-United Nations investigator, Lane senses that this is no ordinary traffic jam. As police helicopters buzz the sky and motorcycle cops careen wildly below, the city erupts into chaos. Something is causing hordes of people to viciously attack each other – a lethal virus that is spread through a single bite, turning healthy humans into something unrecognizable, unthinking and feral. Neighbor turns on neighbor; a helpful stranger suddenly becomes a dangerous enemy. The origins of the virus are unknown, and the number of infected grows exponentially larger each day, quickly becoming a global pandemic. As the infected overwhelm the world’s armies and rapidly topple its governments, Lane is forced to return to his dangerous former life to insure the safety of his family, leading a desperate worldwide search for the source of the epidemic and a means to stop its relentless spread.
Release Date: June 21, 2013; MPAA Rating: PG-13 (for intense frightening zombie sequences, violence and disturbing images); Genres: Horror, Sci-Fi/Fantasy, Adaptation; Run Time: 1 hour 55 minutes; Distributors: Paramount Pictures
Director: Marc Forster
Actors: Brad Pitt, Mireille Enos, James Badge Dale, Anthony Mackie, Julia Levy-Boeken, Elyes Gabel, David Morse, Sterling Jerins
Writers: Matthew Michael Carnahan-Screenplay; Max Brooks-Source Material
I know, I’m way behind on writing movie reviews. We saw this movie with the nephews nearly a month ago. We both liked the movie (as did the nephews of course). I’m not into the whole zombie story thing, but I was pleasantly surprised with this movie. I have not read the book, but understand that a lot was left out. Of course it was. It would have been extremely difficult in any format other than as a mini-series to cover all the aspects of politics and theology, and world reaction. I understand the frustration, but I thought the movie jumped right into the action. They didn’t seem to spend a ton of time setting up the story, but there wasn’t a huge need. Characters were developed over time, as needed. Once the “outbreak” started, things progressed rapidly, and the action and intensity was maintained for the rest of the movie.
I’d have to pretty strongly recommend World War Z.