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.