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World War Z (2013)

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Critic Consensus: It's uneven and diverges from the source book, but World War Z still brings smart, fast-moving thrills and a solid performance from Brad Pitt to the zombie genre.

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The story revolves around United Nations employee Gerry Lane (Pitt), who traverses the world in a race against time to stop a pandemic that is toppling armies and governments and threatening to decimate humanity itself. (C) Paramount
Rating:
PG-13 (for intense frightening zombie sequences, violence and disturbing images)
Genre:
Action & Adventure , Horror , Science Fiction & Fantasy
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Written By:
In Theaters:
 wide
On DVD:
Box Office:
$202,351,611.00
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Cast

Brad Pitt
as Gerry Lane
Mireille Enos
as Karin Lane
James Badge Dale
as Capt. Speke
Ludi Boeken
as Warmbrumm
Fana Mokena
as Thierry Umutoni
David Morse
as Ex-CIA Agent
Abigail Hargrove
as Rachel Lane
Matthew Fox
as Parajumper
Elyes Gabel
as Andrew Fassbach
Peter Capaldi
as W.H.O. Doctor
Pierfrancesco Favino
as W.H.O. Doctor
Ruth Negga
as W.H.O. Doctor
Sterling Jerins
as Constance Lane
David Andrews
as Naval Commander
John Gordon Sinclair
as Navy SEAL Commander
Mustafa Harris
as Camp Humphrey's Soldier
Ann Ogbomo
as Camp Humphrey's Soldier
Jonathan Howard
as Camp Humphrey's Soldier
Mike Noble
as Camp Humphrey's Soldier
Ernesto Cantu
as Tomas' Father
Vicky Araico
as Tomas' Mother
Graham Anthony Hornsby
as Market Attacker
Nick Bartlett
as Market Attacker
Kevin Kiely
as Motorcycle Cop
Ruari Cannon
as Pharmacy Helper
Ryen Perkins
as Gangnes-Philadelphian Zombie
Khalid Laith
as Thierry's Aide
Ryen Perkins-Gangnes
as Philadelphian Zombie
Noa Paulina Bodner
as Israeli Camp Soldier
Asaf Haim Ben Shimon
as Israeli Camp Soldier
Gil Cohen-Alloro
as Israeli Camp Soldier
Yaniv Rokah
as Israeli Camp Soldier
Shaul Ezer
as Israeli Camp Soldier
Linoy Aynesaz
as Israeli Camp Singer
Efrat Avni
as Israeli Camp Singer
Maisam Masri
as Israeli Camp Refugee
Renu Setna
as Israeli Camp Refugee
Ori Pfeffer
as Israeli Camp Refugee
Raul Julia Levy
as Boeken-Israeli Camp Refugee
Imran Mraish
as Israeli Camp Refugee
Julia Levy-Boeken
as Israeli Camp Refugee
Yousef Jubeh
as Israeli Camp Refugee
Josh Wingate
as Argus Sergeant
Troy Glasgow
as Argus Sailor
Richard Thompson
as Argus Sailor
Song Xuan Ke
as Korean Doctor
Christian Wong
as Korean Patient
Denis Ischenko
as Airline Pilot
Nikola Djuricko
as Airline Pilot
Elen Rhys
as Flight Attendant
Paula Videniece
as Airline Passenger
Doron Davidson
as Airline Passenger
Lee Colley
as Airline Passenger
Michael Jenn
as W.H.O. Vault Zombie
Sarah Amankwah
as W.H.O. Lab Zombie
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Critic Reviews for World War Z

All Critics (257) | Top Critics (51)

[A] lousy, ugly-looking, intensely illogical movie.

Full Review… | January 3, 2014
Grantland
Top Critic

As both thrilling spectacle and escapist summer entertainment, World War Z is enormously effective, with Brad Pitt at the center hopscotching the globe in search of the origin of a zombie apocalypse.

Full Review… | August 8, 2013
ChristyLemire.com
Top Critic

Pitt conducts himself manfully throughout the proceedings -- he is never less than believable while facing off against this pandemic -- but if I never see another zombie in the movies, I will not feel deprived.

Full Review… | June 21, 2013
Christian Science Monitor
Top Critic

If you need proof that sometimes more can be less, here you go.

Full Review… | June 21, 2013
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

As compelling as Pitt is at reflecting the world's pain through Lane's eyes, the movie treats him too often as if he truly is the only one with loved ones to lose or a world to save.

June 21, 2013
Denver Post
Top Critic

World War Z hits the blockbuster equivalent of a delicate balance: gargantuan spectacle with a human touch.

Full Review… | June 21, 2013
Orange County Register
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for World War Z

½

A forgettable, unoriginal zombie movie in times when the theme has already been explored and re-explored ad infinitum, and it cannot even justify its existence, being completely unclear about its actual purpose - hell, it hardly manages to be entertaining.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer

½

There is so much wrong with this adaptation of the Max Brooks penned book, but that's an entirely different review. I just want to address what I dislike about this particular film and all its shortcomings. What bothers me most about this film is that without the association of the bestselling book, this film wouldn't be paid any mind. It's sloppy, especially when it comes to the CGI wall of zombies, which is over-simplistic and an obvious McGuffin, as are many contrived plot devices that spur forth the plot. The only similarity to the source material is the use of multiple countries, which is so obviously forced to accommodate the change in script. Brad Pitt (who is just playing himself) is given Christ-like status as he is the only one who can travel around the world, not get infected, save the life of an Israeli soldier, and find a solution to the virus. Instead of detailing the worldwide economic, political, and military interventions of a zombie war, this film just follows one inept guy as he lucks out again and again against the zombie foe. The ending is the most infuriating aspect, as it leaves everything on an ambiguous note, even though the entire film follows the one person who can supposedly save the world, and he does. Turning a book about the real world impact of a zombie apocalypse into a point and click adventure starring Brad Pitt means you cannot finagle an up in the air ending to seem deep. Either they should have streamlined it further in order for it to be another zombie film, or the book should never have been adapted, which would have made everyone happy in the first place.

Spencer S.
Spencer S.

Super Reviewer

Surprised to see Brad Pitt stop the zombie plague half naked in a hotel room with nothing but a cowboy hat and a blow dryer.

James Alvarez
James Alvarez

Super Reviewer

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