REVIEW: World War Z

Mireille Enos is Karin (center left), Sterling Jerins is Connie, and Brad Pitt (center right) is Gerald Lane in WORLD WAR Z, from Paramount Pictures and Skydance Productions in association with Hemisphere Media Capital and GK Films. Photo credit: Jaap Buitendijk. (c) 2012 Paramount Pictures. All Rights Reserved.
Mireille Enos is Karin (center left), Sterling Jerins is Connie, and Brad Pitt (center right) is Gerald Lane in WORLD WAR Z, from Paramount Pictures and Skydance Productions in association with Hemisphere Media Capital and GK Films. Photo credit: Jaap Buitendijk. (c) 2012 Paramount Pictures. All Rights Reserved.

Reviewer Gavin Miller runs the rule over the new zombie thriller...

In a summer crammed full of sequels and remakes, this is one movie that deserves plaudits for offering that something different.

Brad Pitt and a zombie film may not seem like your usual fit, but this big-budget blockbuster is more akin to the scale of Will Smith’s I Am Legend – compared to a low-budget George Romero or indie-esque 28 Days Later effort.

And for the most part it does a pretty decent job despite never really catching fire at any point – as it juggles between being part apocalyptic thriller, part zombie flick.

The story is based around former United Nations employee Gerry Lane, who – after escaping the initial New York outbreak with his wife and daughters – travels the world to try and find a cure to this infectious pandemic that turns people into the ravenous undead, who turn every human they bite.

And they’re not the slow-moving Romero-type, but the fast-moving 28 Days Later-esque version – with chattering-teeth ready to tear into the nearest available piece of flesh.

Its final third leads to a pretty low-key ending as the movie never really gets out of third gear – with Pitt doing a noteworthy job with a relatively unknown cast.

It won’t win any awards, but World War Zzzzz it definitely isn’t.

3/5