Released in cinemas today, new Brad Pitt zombie film 'World War Z' is here. What are critics saying though?
Well we've pretty much seen it all in the saturated zombie film industry. Yet another film where the overcrowding and congestion in big cities and scarcity of essential resources is exploited by filmmakers to create themes of panic, frenzy and loss of basic human morality.
For Pitt plays the hero Gerry Lane - a former military officer man tasked with saving the planet from hoardes of undead who have been infected with a mysterious virus that is transmitted through biting. And so ensues a round-the-world trip from Philidelphia to Korea to Jerusalem to er...Cardiff. Doctor Who-style budget scrimping, anyone?
He and his family, including his wife (Mireille Enos), flee their quiet suburban life at the first signs of the rabid breakout, ending up on an aircraft carrier as Lane's crisis capabilities are called into action.
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Starting as a clever Contagion-style investigative thriller, this fiercely paced apocalyptic adventure begins to fall apart early on when smart logic is jettisoned for the more visceral thrills of seeing Brad Pitt save the planet. Sadly, almost every major plot point makes no sense at all, and by the time the film reaches its corny finale, we can no longer suspend our disbelief. But at least it's packed with exciting set pieces that get our pulses racing.
It's set in the present day, as strange unrest breaks out around the world. And when the marauding hordes of undead arrive in Philadelphia, the Lane family barely escapes with their lives. Gerry (Pitt) is a former UN military officer who gets help from an ex-boss (Mokoena) to evacuate his wife (Enos) and children to the safety of an aircraft carrier off the coast. Then he's put to work on a globe-hopping mission to find the source of the infection, travelling first to ground zero in Korea, then to infection-free Israel and finally to a World Health centre in Wales. Along the way he picks up a sidekick in the form of feisty Israeli commando Segen (Kertesz).
The script is only ever interested in Gerry, so the filmmakers never bother deepening any other characters. There's some nice chemistry between Pitt and Kertesz, but she remains essentially irrelevant. As the film goes along, Pitt assumes the responsibilities of experts, soldiers and scientists, so he can singlehandedly solve the mystery. It's utterly preposterous, especially since he has to miraculously survive frequent zombie attacks that kill everyone else. And we won't speak of a shockingly ill-conceived plane crash, which removes what's left of the plot's credibility.
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World War Z, which stars Brad Pitt, Mireille Enos, Daniella Kertesz, James Badge Dale and Matthew Fox is a sci-fi, 'zombie epic' directed by Marc Forster. The movie premiered in New York last night where the red carpet was inundated with stars who vast crowds had turned out to see.
World War Z premiered in New York last night (the London premiere took place on 3rd June). Amongst the stars of the movie were singer Adam Lambert; producers Dede Lambert and David Ellison; actor and film maker Lupita Nyong'o (12 Years A Slave) and child actor Ruby Jerins (Nurse Jackie). Two children who played a role in World War Z, Abigail Hargrove and Fabrizio Zacharee Guido, also attended the premiere. It was a family occasion for Brad Pitt whose father-in-law Jon Voight and his brother-in-law James Haven made an appearance on the red carper.
Pitt stars as Gerry Lane, a UN employee who travels the world attempting to end a zombie apocalypse. He delivers, according to Todd McCarthy of the Hollywood Reporter, a 'capable performance'.
Initial reviews appear to be favourable with the majority of critics claiming that World War Z has 'reinvented the zombie genre'. Others have criticised the movie for being 'bloodless' and dull.
Daniella Kertesz, who plays Lieutenant Segan in the IDF (Israeli Defence Force) in 'World War Z', discusses the movie in a red carpet interview at the London premiere in Leicester Square.
'It has a great beat to it from start to end', she says. 'There's no moment to reflect and the amount of people who were part of it and the immensity of this pandemic, the way it's portrayed in this movie is gonna be amazing.' She also mentions how excited she is to see the film after what people have told her about it. 'I've heard people telling me that they have been very terrified and on the edge of their seats for the entire movie', she reveals.