Conclusion: In spite of several problems and delays to the production, Marc Forster and his team manage to deliver good blockbuster entertainment with a decent level of smarts. Starring Brad Pitt as a U.N. investigator hunting for "patient zero" at the height of a worldwide zombie-like pandemic, the film offers some stunning visuals, riveting action and a few surprisingly suspenseful moments.
Excerpt: Max Brooks's World War Z is probably the most serious zombie book ever written, an "oral history of the zombie war" that tracks across continents and multiple disasters a viral outbreak that makes monsters of the dead. The movie based on it, also called World War Z , might be the most serious zombie movie ever made. That's pretty much the only similarity it shares with Brooks's novel, but surprisingly enough, that's OK.
Excerpt: Back in the early ’80s, George Romero—the lord of the undead, the godfather of walking-corpse cinema—dared to dream big. Early drafts of Day Of The Dead , the third and then-final chapter of his Dead franchise, promised a bona fide horror epic, complete with a sprawling cast of characters and an opening act set in a city overrun with flesh-eaters.
Excerpt: Four hundred million dollars will buy you a lot: a hospital or two, a couple of planes, a fleet of yachts or – if you’re a Hollywood A-lister like Brad Pitt – a zombie blockbuster. But with reports of an on-set feud between its lead actor and director Marc Forster ( Quantum of Solace Monster’s Ball ), not to mention a ballooning budget plus several re-writes and re-shoots, the big screen adaptation of Max Brooks’ apocalyptic horror novel has been troubled ever since...
Excerpt: "World War Z" is an apocalyptic thriller that spans the globe. What it lacks in gore and horror, it makes up for with epic, large-scale action sequences, and the brisk pacing is indicative of a film that has favoured cinematic spectacle over the socio-political commentary of its source material. Although the story may feel somewhat predictable as our hero evades a procession of close calls, it nevertheless remains an entertaining enough adventure.