Fans of the Max Brooks' novel "World War Z" can expect a decent translation to the big screen in the Brad Pitt $14 trillion movie adaptation that has finally opened with all of the fear it being another Ishtar flop.
It's not. But this is not your classic zombie movie, even though it contains many of the genre's famous elements. This is more of a panic movie - think 28 Days later on a much wider scale.
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The story: Pitt plays a father of two/husband who is an ex-U.N. something or other with lots of experiences in third world crisis. Or something like that. He's a wise, everyman who is thrust into a terrible situation when the zombies hit downtown Philadelphia, and then take over the world.
His mission is to figure out where the zombies started, to survive, and to find a cure. Can he do it??!!!
The people: This is Pitt's movie and nearly everyone else in it are peripheral players caught up in the sheer madness that is zombie nation. Actress Daniella Kertesz plays an Israeli soldier who is quietely effective.
Pitt is Pitt - he's good playing himself; quiet, reserved and always calm in the face of utter chaos. I'd follow him safe in the knowledge he will lead me out of a certain zombie death.
Action scenes: Tons. But this is not a gore zombie movie. Pretty much from the opening scene to the end there is ample quality zombie action. In between the hell of a zombie party are taut, suspenseful scenes where you are never sure who is going to get it next. The scene in Jerusalem is outsanding.
Eye candy: Pitt - even as a heterosexual male it's hard not to look at Brad Pitt and think, "My God, that's a mighty handsome man."
The zombies: These are not the undead from The Walking Dead or Night of the Living Dead. This brand of zombie is fast, a bit resourceful and has no problem stepping all over each other to find fresh meat.
Should you see it: Yes, yes, yes. Just don't expect a horror movie but more of a taut thriller with plenty of quality scares and thrills.
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