World War Z

World War Z

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Director: Marc Forster

Cast: Brad Pitt, Mireille Enos, Daniella Kertesz

     
 

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Brad Pitt stars as an ex-United Nations employee racing around the globe in a bid to halt a worldwide zombie pandemic in Marc Forster's sprawling adaptation of Max Brooks' bestselling novel of the same name. Retired U.N. investigator Gerry Lane (Brad Pitt) and his family are sitting in what appears to be aSee more details below

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Brad Pitt stars as an ex-United Nations employee racing around the globe in a bid to halt a worldwide zombie pandemic in Marc Forster's sprawling adaptation of Max Brooks' bestselling novel of the same name. Retired U.N. investigator Gerry Lane (Brad Pitt) and his family are sitting in what appears to be a typical Philadelphia traffic jam when helicopters began to circle ominously overhead, and an explosion throws the city into panic. In the blink of an eye, the streets are consumed by chaos. When Gerry learns that the catalyst for the turmoil is a highly contagious virus that transforms those who contract it into rampaging maniacs, and that legions of the infected are growing on all continents, he agrees to join his former colleagues in discovering the source of the rampant plague so that his wife and two daughters will be guaranteed safety aboard a UN fleet in the Atlantic Ocean. Upon tracing a crucial e-mail to a U.S. military base in South Korea, Gerry learns that the infection has spread more rapidly than anyone realizes. Although a subsequent trip to Jerusalem, where the government has constructed a massive wall to keep the public safe, initially offers hope that the growing horde can be kept at bay, an unexpected breach sends Gerry back into the sky in search of patient zero. Just when Gerry thinks he's traced the origins of the virus, however, the unthinkable happens. Subsequently stranded in Cardiff with a fearless Israeli soldier, Gerry quickly makes his way to a World Health Organization outpost where the few remaining scientists have hit a dead end in their search for a cure. But the struggle is far from over, and after recalling an unusual scene witnessed in Jerusalem, Gerry prepares to make a leap of faith that could prevent the downfall of humanity.

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All Movie Guide - Jason Buchanan
Back in 2003, Max Brooks helped to kick-start the current zombie craze with The Zombie Survival Guide, a tongue-in-cheek book detailing your best chances for survival when dealing with the living dead. Three years later Brooks expanded the scope of The Zombie Survival Guide considerably with World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War, a compelling pseudo-oral history of the zombie apocalypse as told through the eyes of the people who had witnessed it firsthand. It was a smart, tense, and inventive piece of socio-political commentary served up in the guise of an apocalyptic zombie epic. It was the kind of book that proved you needn't let your brain rot to enjoy a story about walking corpses waging war on humanity. As expected, it wasn't long before a feature film version of the story was in the works, and the result is Marc Forster's World War Z, a frantic zombie opus that strips away all the nuance of its innovative source material in favor of sheer cinematic spectacle. Retired U.N. investigator Gerry Lane (Brad Pitt) and his family are sitting in what appears to be a typical Philadelphia traffic jam when helicopters began to circle ominously overhead, and an explosion throws the city into panic. In the blink of an eye, the streets are consumed by chaos. When Gerry learns that the catalyst for the turmoil is a highly contagious virus that transforms those who contract it into rampaging maniacs, and that legions of the infected are growing on all continents, he agrees to join his former colleagues in discovering the source of the rampant plague so that his wife and two daughters will be guaranteed safety aboard a UN fleet in the Atlantic Ocean. Upon tracing a crucial e-mail to a U.S. military base in South Korea, Gerry learns that the infection has spread more rapidly than anyone realizes. Although a subsequent trip to Jerusalem, where the government has constructed a massive wall to keep the public safe, initially offers hope that the growing horde can be kept at bay, an unexpected breach sends Gerry back into the sky in search of patient zero. Just when Gerry thinks he's traced the origins of the virus, however, the unthinkable happens. Subsequently stranded in Cardiff with a fearless Israeli soldier, Gerry quickly makes his way to a World Health Organization outpost where the few remaining scientists have hit a dead end in their search for a cure. But the struggle is far from over, and after recalling an unusual scene witnessed in Jerusalem, Gerry prepares to make a leap of faith that could prevent the downfall of humanity. Although a pale imitation of Brooks' celebrated source material, the truth is that, for at least the first hour or so, Forster's film is one of the most sweeping and ambitious zombie epics ever to hit the big screen. Working with a budget that would make George A. Romero blue-green with envy, Forster and writers Matthew Michael Carnahan, Drew Goddard, J. Michael Straczynski, and Damon Lindelof plunge us headlong into a world in which social norms have been violently ripped away in mankind's desperate fight for survival. It's a frightening depiction of our downfall made believable by the film's massive scope and Forster's competent direction, though it isn't long before the cracks in this thin veneer begin to show -- most notably in the inexplicable survival of a young boy whose family the Lane's sought shelter with while attempting to reach the top of an inner-city apartment building. Not only is the spatial logic of the boy's escape non-existent, but the kid never even factors into the story later on, which may have at least warranted some amount of forgiveness for the sloppy oversight. It's a bad omen when four established writers can't come up with a logical scenario for a young boy to escape the zombie horde, and while the filmmakers fortunately never again resort to this sort of hackery, the rest of the film consists largely of Gerry and company fleeing from one scene of zombie mayhem to the next. Depending on your tolerance for rotting corpses with the speed and agility of Olympic sprinters, those scenes of mayhem are fairly exhilarating, too. The fault in World War Z certainly isn't poor direction or acting (Pitt is a likable lead, and we instinctively want to cheer for him as he willingly puts himself in harm's way to protect his family), but the fact that, despite being gifted such rich, thematically complex source material, the filmmakers embraced nearly ever cliché in the zombie mythos -- the family in peril, the frantic search for the cure, the bite victim who may or may not turn -- in a shameless summer cash grab. No doubt they'll enjoy a hearty take as well since World War Z essentially amounts to a string of competently executed (and occasionally exciting) set pieces. Forster is obviously a director who knows his craft, and here he's surrounded by artists with the talent to make his vision convincing. In their quieter moments, his chattering flesh-eaters even possess a distinctive creep factor as well. In short, Forster's World War Z is the epitome of everything Max Brooks so brilliantly subverted in his book of the same name. In that respect it's a travesty. But the producers obviously believe that carnage sells more popcorn than social commentary, so until we get the remake Brooks' source material so richly deserves, it's a travesty best served with extra butter and a large Pepsi.

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Product Details

Release Date:
09/17/2013
UPC:
0097363504047
Original Release:
2013
Rating:
PG13
Source:
PARAMOUNT
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
Time:
1:55:00
Sales rank:
12,623

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Brad Pitt Gerry Lane
Mireille Enos Karin Lane
Daniella Kertesz Segen
James Badge Dale Capt. Speke
Ludi Boeken Warmbrumm
Matthew Fox Parajumper
Fana Mokoena Thierry Umutoni
David Morse Ex-CIA Agent
Elyes Gabel Andrew Fassbach
Peter Capaldi W.H.O. Doctor
Pierfrancesco Favino W.H.O. Doctor
Ruth Negga W.H.O. Doctor
Sterling Jerins Constance Lane
Abigail Hargrove Rachel Lane
Fabrizio Zacharee Guido Tomas
David Andrews Naval Commander
John Gordon Sinclair Navy SEAL Commander
Michiel Huisman Ellis
Mustafa Harris Camp Humphrey's Soldier
Ann Ogbomo Camp Humphrey's Soldier
Jonathan Howard Camp Humphrey's Soldier
Mike Noble Camp Humphrey's Soldier
Ernesto Cantu Tomas' Father
Vicky Araico Tomas' Mother
Graham Anthony Hornsby Market Attacker
Nick Bartlett Market Attacker
Kevin Kiely Motorcycle Cop
Ruari Cannon Pharmacy Helper
Ryen Perkins-Gangnes Philadelphian Zombie
Khalid Laith Thierry's Aide
Noa Paulina Bodner Israeli Camp Soldier
Asaf Haim Ben Shimon Israeli Camp Soldier
Gil Cohen-Alloro Israeli Camp Soldier
Yaniv Rokah Israeli Camp Soldier
Shaul Ezer Israeli Camp Soldier
Linoy Aynesaz Israeli Camp Singer
Efrat Avni Israeli Camp Singer
Maisam Masri Israeli Camp Refugee
Renu Setna Israeli Camp Refugee
Ori Pfeffer Israeli Camp Refugee
Julia Levy-Boeken Israeli Camp Refugee
Imran Mraish Israeli Camp Refugee
Yousef Jubeh Israeli Camp Refugee
Josh Wingate Argus Sergeant
Troy Glasgow Argus Sailor
Richard Thompson Argus Sailor
Song Xuan Ke Korean Doctor
Christian Wong Korean Patient
Denis Ischenko Airline Pilot
Nikola Djuricko Airline Pilot
Elen Rhys Flight Attendant
Paula Videniece Airline Passenger
Doron Davidson Airline Passenger
Lee Colley Airline Passenger
Michael Jenn W.H.O. Vault Zombie
Sarah Amankwah W.H.O. Lab Zombie

Technical Credits
Marc Forster Director,Executive Producer
Erik Aadahl Sound/Sound Designer
Roger Barton Editor
Marco Beltrami Score Composer
Jimmy Boyle Sound/Sound Designer
Ian Bryce Producer
Matthew Michael Carnahan Original Story,Screenwriter
Matt Chessé Editor
Kathleen Chopin Casting
Ben Collins Art Director
Neil Corbould Special Effects Supervisor
David Ellison Executive Producer
Dede Gardner Producer
Drew Goddard Screenwriter
Dana Goldberg Executive Producer
Matthew Gray Art Director
Frances Hannon Makeup
Tim Headington Executive Producer
Toby Hefferman Asst. Director
James Foster Art Director
Graham King Executive Producer
Jeremy Kleiner Producer
Charlotte Law Costumes/Costume Designer
Damon Lindelof Screenwriter
John Marquis Sound/Sound Designer
Nigel Phelps Production Designer
Brad Pitt Producer
Alex Reynolds Choreography
Robert Richardson Cinematographer
Mayes C. Rubeo Costumes/Costume Designer
Paul Schwake Executive Producer
Ben Seresin Cinematographer
Brad Simpson Executive Producer
J. Michael Straczynski Screenwriter
David Watkins Special Effects Supervisor
Stuart Wilson Sound Mixer

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- World War Z
1. Scene 1 [1 :81:60]
2. Scene 2 [9:18]
3. Scene 3 [6:47]
4. Scene 4 [5:02]
5. Scene 5 [:29]
6. Scene 6 [1:47]
7. Scene 7 [:52]
8. Scene 8 [7:55]
9. Scene 9 [5:10]
10. Scene 10 [1:34]
11. Scene 11 [:35]
12. Scene 12 [3:09]
13. Scene 13 [8:28]
14. Scene 14 [6:57]
15. Scene 15 [4:01]
16. Scene 16 [1:44]
17. Scene 17 [5:30]

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