World War Z

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United Nations employee Gerry Lane traverses the world in a race against time to stop the Zombie pandemic that is toppling armies and governments, and threatening to destroy humanity itself.

Release Year: 2013

Rating: 7.3/10 (54,168 voted)

Director: Marc Forster


United Nations employee Gerry Lane traverses the world in a race against time to stop the Zombie pandemic that is toppling armies and governments, and threatening to destroy humanity itself.

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Filming Locations: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA

Box Office Details

Budget: $190,000,000


Opening Weekend: $66,411,834

(21 June 2013)

Gross: $128,084,078

(1 July 2013)

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Did You Know?


In a high-six-figure deal, Paramount Pictures acquired screen rights to the Max Brooks novel “World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War.” Brooks' follow-up to satire “The Zombie Survival Guide” sparked a bidding battle, with Warner Bros. and Leonardo DiCaprio's Appian Way on the other side of the table from Paramount and Brad Pitt's Plan B. See more »


The Pepsi bottles at the WHO offices in Cardiff, UK, have American FDA calorie labels. See more »


User Review


Rating: 5/10

Oh, Hollywood. You saw the zombie apocalypse coming didn't you? Not a
literal apocalypse of course, just 16 dozen different zombie books,
graphic novels, games and TV shows taking over the world like the
plague, and you just had to have your piece of the pie, didn't you?

World War Z is based on the 2006 novel by Max Brooks. The novel
garnered some quite positive reviews, praised for its international and
political scope. It also caught the eye of producer and star Brad Pitt,
who after a long struggle with studios, directors, producers and other
Hollywood zombies, managed to put together a half decent movie with
director Marc Forster.

Half decent? Well, WWZ certainly isn't a bad movie. You've got the
long-time Oscar-deserving Pitt playing Gerry Lane, a likable,
good-looking family man who retired as a UN investigator to spend more
time around his wife and daughters. This is all about to change
obviously, because after the now seemingly mandatory
news-footage-montage introduction, Gerry is called back by the UN in
exchange for his family's safety on their big boat.

It sounds good enough, but the problem is that WWZ's
political/international context is nowhere to be found so we're left
pretty much to 28 Days Later with blockbuster pretentiousness. Sure,
Gerry travels around the world and makes a few long distance phone
calls, but there's never anything remotely compelling enough to warrant
his travels and whenever the plot does manage to come close to
something it quickly sets it aside in the interest of keeping this
summer blockbuster light, family friendly and internationally

After Quantum of Solace there was much uncertainty about Forster's
ability to direct action and after WWZ, guess what? There still is.
Granted, it's never boring, but when the other elements that should've
made the film aren't there it should be more than "never boring".
Paramount's marketing certainly didn't help; if you've seen the
trailers then you've seen the whole plot and LITERALLY every single
action set piece, in chronological order too. You know when you see a
trailer and think "they put all the good parts in"? Well, this time
they put the whole movie in. The more hardcore genre fans might also
want to look elsewhere if they're seeking gory zombie kills; there
isn't much of that either as its PG-13 rating might suggest.

Brad Pitt is really the film's only strength. Much like Tom Cruise,
Brad's got enough talent to singlehandedly pull you through a
not-so-great movie without you hating him for it. And at almost age 50
you can't really blame him for wanting to star in his own big
blockbuster franchise for the first time in his career when he could've
played any superhero he wanted years ago. "Franchise" of course, if
permitted by the audience, because this is one movie that desperately
wants to have sequels.