World War Z Review

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The next pandemic will come, as all experts have agreed. The only thing they cannot agree upon is when and what the pandemic will be. Maybe it won’t be as comparatively harmless as the bird flu or swine flu. Then again, German-Swiss director Marc Forster has placed a certain twist on things. His new movie “World War Z“, a spectacular blockbuster that takes up the theme of an apocalyptic action-packed construct, has raging zombies at the pinnacle of the next pandemic. Blair Stover has more on this bloody, flesh-eating flick below.

Forster manages to create an incredibly intense and gripping thriller whose narrative shortcomings are filled with 3D action-storms. This zombie blockbuster is more of a massacre-human rather than a movie that can be considered fun for the whole family (13 and above).

After the outbreak of a zombie pandemic, Gerry Lane (Brad Pitt), a field-proven former investigator of the United Nations, is hell-bent on getting his family to safety. His former boss Thierry Umutoni (Fana Mokoena) offers to help. Together with his wife, Karen (Mireille Enos) and their two children, Constance (Sterling Jerins) and Rachel (Abigail Hargrove), the family makes their way from Philadelphia to New York.

Things rapidly grow out of control and before the U.S. knows it, three billion are infected. Gerry teams up with researcher Dr. Andrew Barrel Bach (Elyes fork) and a SWAT team in South Korea to find an antidote. If you want plenty of action and special effects, you got it. But it lacks in plenty of other areas.

Conclusion: Narrative shortcomings diminish the pleasure of the global scavenger hunt as well as the family-friendly option of the movie. But the adrenaline-soaked zombie action-thriller “World War Z” has grandiose values and that makes it a decent summer blockbuster.

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