World War Z (2013)

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DIRECTED BY: Marc Forster
STARRING: Brad Pitt, Mireille Enos, Matthew Fox, Eric Weston, David Morse, James Badge Dale
RATED: PG-13
OPINION STARS: 5 out of 5
THIS FILM IS: Suspenseful, Clever, Epic
DESCRIPTION: U.N. employee Gerry Lane (Pitt) races against time as he travels the globe trying to stop the spread of a deadly pandemic. As the undead hordes rise, governments are toppled, armies are crushed, and world stands on the brink of total social collapse.
VIOLENCE & GORE: 8/10
FRIGHTENING CONTENT: 7/10
FOUL LANGUAGE: 4/10
MATURE THEMES: 7/10
SEXUALITY & NUDITY: 0/10
NOTE: I’ll be honest: Forster’s adaption is almost nothing like Brooks’ novel. And you know what? I’m totally okay with that… because what we have here is the smartest, biggest zombie movie of the past decade. Despite all the budget trouble, last minute reshooting, and mixed critical reception, World War Z gets my vote as the best thing 2013 has thrown at us yet. It’s tight, it’s fast, it’s fun, it’s clever, but most of all, it’s human. The undead may be rampaging the world over, but Marc Forster never lets them overrun the characters or the story. Brad Pitt gives an inspired and instantly likable performance as the ordinary-yet-extraordinary hero; the writing is consistently intelligent; and the action set pieces are so thoughtfully and thrillingly choreographed I had to pick my jaw up off the floor on more than one occasion. All of this builds to a slick and nail-bitingly tense climax that made me want to stand up and clap (which, in fact, I did – along with the rest of the audience at my screening). I may not be able to catch this gem again in theaters, but you can be sure I’ll be among the first to pick it up on Blu-Ray the minute it’s released. (Also, don’t let the PG-13 rating scare you, as it initially scared me; this film is no wimp.)
FOR AGES 15+

“Every human being we save is one less we have to fight.”

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About In Pursuit of Copiousness

“Many clever men like you have trusted to civilization. Many clever Babylonians, many clever Egyptians, many clever men at the end of Rome. Can you tell me, in a world that is flagrant with the failures of civilisation, what there is particularly immortal about yours?”
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