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World War Z (2013)

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

Director:

Marc Forster

Writers:

Matthew Michael Carnahan (screenplay), Drew Goddard (screenplay) | 4 more credits »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Brad Pitt ... Gerry Lane
Mireille Enos ... Karin Lane
Daniella Kertesz ... Segen
James Badge Dale ... Captain Speke
Ludi Boeken ... Jurgen Warmbrunn
Matthew Fox ... Parajumper
Fana Mokoena ... Thierry Umutoni
David Morse ... Ex-CIA Agent
Elyes Gabel ... Andrew Fassbach
Peter Capaldi ... W.H.O. Doctor
Pierfrancesco Favino ... W.H.O. Doctor
Ruth Negga ... W.H.O. Doctor
Moritz Bleibtreu ... W.H.O. Doctor
Sterling Jerins ... Constance Lane
Abigail Hargrove ... Rachel Lane
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Storyline

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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I can't leave my family


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Paramount executive Marc Evans, director Marc Forster and Adam Goodman, the president of production, did not like the original cut (which has the Russian ending that culminated in a big battle between zombies and humans). All three felt that it was incoherent, abrupt, and a typical Hollywood blockbuster ending that only served to surpass the Jerusalem scenes in scale. They brought in Damon Lindelof to view a rough cut of the film, and he suggested to them either to add new scenes to improve the coherence, or do a complete third-act rewrite and risk additional resource plus re-shoots. Lindelof recalled: "So when I gave them those two roads and they sounded more interested in Road B, I was like, 'To be honest with you, good luck selling that to Paramount." Fortunately, the studio agreed not to spend additional money on finishing the special effects of this climax, but instead use it on a simpler, more personal and tension-driven ending. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Gerry Lane: You're with CIA?
Ex-CIA Agent: But they're not with me.
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Crazy Credits

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

Alternate Versions

An unrated cut released on home video adds almost seven minutes of additional action and some alternate/re-edited shots. See more »

Connections

Featured in World War Z: Origins (2013) See more »

Soundtracks

The 2nd Law: Isolated System
Written by Matt Bellamy
Performed by Muse
Courtesy of Warner Music U.K. Ltd.
By Arrangement with Warner Music Group Film & TV Licensing
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Fast, scary and much better than expected!
20 June 2013 | by AdventureWolfSee 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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Release Date:

21 June 2013 (USA) See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$190,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$66,411,834, 23 June 2013

Gross USA:

$202,359,711

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$540,007,876
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Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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