In this Brad Pitt star production, zombies have gone global.
Thanks to computer generated special effects, there are millions of them swarming over everything, everywhere, like ants or locusts. And no more do they move slowly, George Romero-style. These ones are sprinters, ready for the Zombie Olympics.
Fortunately for the world, we have Brad Pitt to save the day. He plays Gerry Lane, fashionably disheveled super dad, who, with devoted wife and mom Karen (Mireille Enos), is driving their teenage daughters, Rachel (Abigail Hargrove) and Constance (Sterling Jerkins), to school in Philadelphia, when the running dead attack begins.
The non-stop onslaught action doesn’t end until Gerry finds a cure to the Zvirus, after traveling the world real quick, with stops in South Korea, Israel and Wales.
Identified as a former “United Nations investigator,” Gerry seems to be a expert at just about everything. At point, he saves a just-bitten Israeli soldier (Daniella Kertesz) from infection by rapid amputation, sterilization and bandaging. She asks, “Are you a doctor?” His answer: “No, I picked it up in the field.”
He also picked up a crash course in laboratory science. When all seems lost, he concocts the cure in a final suspense scene in zombie-populated medical facility.
“World War Z” is based on a 2006 novel by Max Brooks.
But it could have been by Mel Brooks, because zombies have so saturated the Show Biz market the sight of them now elicits laughs.
Hey, Mel, how about a zombie musical-comedy on Broadway?