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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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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


The original screenplay by J. Michael Straczynski was very different. The film was going to be a mockumentary told in a series of interviews and flashbacks about the zombie outbreak, ten years after it happened. The film was going to explore the psychological after-effects and societal changes that had occurred (cremation became the new norm, while burial became taboo).

Marc Foster thought that Straczynski's story was too intellectual, though, and in a highly publicized move, got David Carnahan to rewrite it. See more »


Many of the cars shown in the movie have Pennsylvania license plates on the front. However, vehicles registered in Pennsylvania only have rear license plates. See more »


Gerry Lane: You're letting people in!
Jurgen Warmbrunn: Every person we save is one less zombie to fight.
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User Reviews

Fast, scary and much better than expected!
20 June 2013 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

I was dubious! The rating, the early reviews, my love of gory George Romero movies had all led me to deciding not to see this. But, my wife wanted to go... Well, two breathless hours later I turned to her, big grin on my face and had to state "That was awesome!" Yes, I can see why people don't like it. It is very different to the traditional zombie movie, and very different to the book. But you know what, who cares - it's not a traditional zombie movie, or the book - it's different. So suck it it up whiners and enjoy this for what it is! (And I'm a huge fan of all Max Brooks zombie books.) The movie begins with a short intro to the main character and his family (it was enough, it told me all I needed to know) before launching into a fantastic, break neck sequence that establishes the pace for most of the rest of the movie. It's violent, visceral and shocking without any reliance in gore. The tension is racked up (especially in the escape from the apartment block sequence) with a series of spectacular set pieces (the walls of Jerusalem scene is brilliant) and things get better and bigger until the film slows the pace for the final reel with a slow burning, smaller scale sequence set in a WHO research lab in the UK. It's an unusual choice to end a movie with the smallest set piece, but it worked well for me as it was in line with Gerry's quest and the (stated in the movie) fact that the answer is often so small it gets overlooked. The gravity of the decisions Gerry has to make here are greater than any previously in the movie (where mostly he just has to run like hell!) and it's that that makes this such a powerful set piece to end the movie. I learnt several things from this movie 1) to let go of my preconceptions about what a zombie film should be, 2) that a low rating doesn't mean its for kids - I have two sons and despite the lack of gore I certainly wouldn't let then see this. Its very intense and that (not the gore) is what would scare them. 3) to go with the flow - I did here and was swept along for a rapid fire 2 hour thrill ride that was a hell of a lot of fun. I for one will be getting this on blu ray and I'll be first in line for any sequel. But I will admit, an undated version would be very welcome!

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