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World War Z (2013)

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When the world is overrun by a virus which turns the population into what seem to be zombies Gerry Lane, a UN Investigator, is given the task of trying to locate the source of the pandemic and therefore possibly finding a cure. He is able to leave his family on a military vessel on which survival strategies are being developed and travels to a number of countries, only to find that the remaining pockets of civilisation are being overrun, and it is only when he reaches a remote health facility in Wales that light begins to dawn.


From the outset zombie hordes fill the screen as Gerry as his family try to escape from Philadelphia; a lot of people look at screens on board the control ship; Gerry travels by military aircraft to distant locations, including Jerusalem where a major zombie invasion is featured. So there is a lot of gunfire as the military shoot the infected, and a lot of shouting and screaming when there is less gunfire taking place. No sex, nudity or drug taking but just a bit of drinking.

A View This was sort of like Resident Evil but not played for laughs. The Roger Ebert critic said they must have seen 28 Days Later and thought they’d do the same thing but spend $200 million, but “more is less” in this case, and it is. Despite the remarkable cost it did not really break any new ground, although I liked the relationship between the hero and the female Israeli soldier. Maybe a watch for nothing while you are doing your knitting.
Duration 1h 56m Rating (UK) 15
Source of story Said to be very loosely based on a book by Max Brooks for which Brad Pitt’s company paid $1,000,000.
Director Marc Forster
Writers/Script Matthew Michael Carnahan, Drew Goddard, Damon Lindelof and others apparently (story Matthew Michael Carnahan, J. Michael Straczynski)
Starring Brad Pitt, Mireille Enos, James Badge Dale, David Morse,  Daniella Kertesz, Peter Capaldi, Ruth Negga
Additional Info Glasgow stood in for Philadelphia, Malta for Jerusalem, Lulworth Cove for somewhere called “New Scotland”, Kwik Save in Paisley for New Jersey and RFA Argus for the US control ship.


About Victor R Gibson

Author of this site three technical books and two novels


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