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World War Z (2013)

PG-13  |   |  Action, Adventure, Horror  |  21 June 2013 (USA)
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United Nations employee Gerry Lane traverses the world in a race against time to stop the Zombie pandemic that is toppling armies and governments, and threatening to destroy humanity itself.



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Life for former United Nations investigator Gerry Lane and his family seems content. Suddenly, the world is plagued by a mysterious infection turning whole human populations into rampaging mindless zombies. After barely escaping the chaos, Lane is persuaded to go on a mission to investigate this disease. What follows is a perilous trek around the world where Lane must brave horrific dangers and long odds to find answers before human civilization falls. Written by Kenneth Chisholm (kchishol@rogers.com)

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for intense frightening zombie sequences, violence and disturbing images | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

21 June 2013 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Guerra mundial Z  »

Box Office


$190,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$66,411,834 (USA) (21 June 2013)


$202,351,611 (USA) (4 October 2013)

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Technical Specs


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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Before attempting to enter B-Wing, Lane and Segen are given the option of an ax or a baseball bat and are told "there are merits to each." This is an in-joke reference to a section of Max Brooks' "Zombie Survival Guide" (the book that preceded "World War Z") which discussed the best weapons to use when fighting zombies. The book considers both options superior to the gun, which Segen also takes as a backup. See more »


As the passenger plane comes into land at Cardiff Airport the background images show Snowdon and other mountains in the Snowdonia region. It would be highly unlikely that a route from Jerusalem to South Wales would take them to North Wales. See more »


Karin Lane: [upon seeing cramped ship accommodations] It's bigger than our apartment on 72nd.
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Crazy Credits

The ending Paramount logo is shown in the same dark blueish color from the opening logos. See more »


References Flight of the Living Dead (2007) See more »


Written by Mosh Ben-Ari
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Another Big Budget with No Script
21 June 2013 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

World War Z (2013)

** (out of 4)

Brad Pitt plays a U.N. worker who must leave his family behind and go search for a cause or cure for a zombie outbreak that is pretty much destroying every form of life. On his mission he must travel across the globe trying to see what might work in the human's defense of the zombies. I'll admit upfront that I haven't read the book that this film is based on so I can't comment on if it butchered the book or if the film got it right. That aspect of the conversation just doesn't bother me but what does bother me is that we've got an insanely high budget and yet they couldn't work out some sort of interesting story. For the most part we just see Brad Pitt going from one beautiful location to the next and we see that the once beautiful place is now full of zombies. Every once in a while Mr. Pitt has to walk through dark hallways and what really hurts the film is that these sequences just aren't scary. In fact, I'm going to say it right out loud that there wasn't a single scary moment to be found in this picture and the entire "disaster" aspect of what was going on just didn't work for me. Never did I feel that the world was really coming to an end and this is a big-budget that can't pull this off yet look at what someone like Romero did in no money. Another problem is that the zombies are all rather bland whether they're real effects or the majority of them CGI. They're not scary, no creative and the lack of gore shouldn't be bashed because you don't need gore to be scary but at the same time when you have the violence off-screen it just makes the film seem rather childish. Pitt offers a nice performance but this is certainly far from his best. It was nice seeing David Morse and the rest of the supporting players are good as well. I don't know what was wrong with the final third of the movie where they had to go back and film a new one but what we got here just doesn't work as its too slow and boring. WORLD WAR Z, sadly, is delivered as a very disappointing movie no matter if you're familiar with the original source or not.

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