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World War Z

 (44,050)7.01 h 56 min2013X-RayPG-13
World War Z is the fast-paced, pulse-pounding epic of the potential last days of the human race. Former United Nations employee Gerry Lane (Brad Pitt) is called in to help stop the pandemic that has spread around the world.
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Marc Forster
Starring
Brad PittMireille EnosMarc Forster
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SuspenseHorrorDrama
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English [CC]
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EnglishEnglish [Audio Description]
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Supporting actors
Brad PittDede GardnerJeremy Kleiner
Studio
Paramount Pictures
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PG-13 (Parents Strongly Cautioned)
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Alcohol usefoul languagefrightening scenesviolence
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4.7 out of 5 stars

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AnonymousReviewed in the United States on December 1, 2018
1.0 out of 5 stars
I wish I could give zero stars. This cut ruined a good movie.
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It is rare that I find myself writing a negative review, usually I don't care enough to waste my time on a negative review. But I write this in the hopes of saving others from my mistake. For context, I generally like the zombie genre, and I really liked World War Z when it came out, even though it deviated so much from the source material. It was a fun, crazy action-zombie movie that had a surprisingly good flow for all the reports of troubled production. I would give World War Z, the theatrical cut, 4 stars out of 5. The problem with this version of the movie is there are seemingly dozens of additional seconds of movie in lots of weird places. Rather than a few big scenes that were cut in favor of time, it appears the editor(s) for the original movie shaved lots of weird dialogue and useless or confusing extra action sequences in favor of flow. This unrated cut, with all the extra little padding, is basically unwatchable. My fiance and myself were excited to watch World War Z again and ended up both looking at phones and not paying attention most of the time due to how bad the pacing had gotten.

For example, the scene in the stairway towards the very beginning where they are trying to get to the helicopter, has a ton of extra little zombie fight scenes that just make the whole thing more ridiculous. Some of the dialogue in South Korea is downright confusing or bizarre. The airplane sequence for some reason is even longer than it was before.

Praise movie editors for keeping us from having to sit through extra hours of dreck like this. This made me question buying movies with extra cut content ever again.
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joel wingReviewed in the United States on March 6, 2020
4.0 out of 5 stars
Completely changed the zombie genre
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World War Z was based upon a best-selling novel of the same title. It completely changed the zombie genre, and was one of the best films of the year when it came out.

The movie focuses upon Bradd Pitt as Gerry Lane, a man with experience in conflict zones around the world who is asked by the acting head of the United Nations Fana Mokoena as Thierry Umutoni to try to discover the cause of the zombie apocalypse so that scientists might start working on a cure. Things automatically go wrong and Gerry has to travel the world to South Korea to Israel and to England investigate.

This is the Unrated Version, which I wish would have been the theatrical release, but they didn’t want an R rating. Unless you really know the film, you probably even wouldn’t notice the differences between the two because they are very subtle. One that stands out is when Gerry is in Israel and a zombie bites the arm of a soldier named Segen played by Daniella Kertesz. In the Unrated Version you get a graphic amputation as Gerry cuts off her arm to try to stop the infection from spreading with some gushing blood.

What made this movie so good was the zombies. Since the start they had always been portrayed as slow moving living dead, which people could outrun if given the chance. Here, zombies were like the undead on steroids. They ran, they jumped, they were like wild beasts hungry for flesh! They swarmed like bees. They took leaps off buildings. They breached walls. It was incredibly exciting and created lots of tension when they showed up because people really had to run for their lives to survive. This really put World War Z heads and shoulders above most horror films and it’s still fun to watch to this day.
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norbacReviewed in the United States on August 3, 2018
5.0 out of 5 stars
Great collection for a great movie
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Great collection! I read the book which has absolutely nothing to do with the movie. The movie is much more suspenseful and action-packed by the way. However, if you read the book, either before or after you watch this movie, you will not be disappointed either. It's just two different approaches. The book, by the way, reads like a true narrative, as if was part of actual human history. The movie keeps you on the edge of your seat almost from the moment it begins. I don't have 3D equipment at home but the Blu-ray was just as good. Incidentally, the Blu-ray is the "unrated" version. The DVD is the theatrical version. Quite frankly, despite a few minor scenes here and there, I didn't notice the difference.
24 people found this helpful
David LindsayReviewed in the United States on July 18, 2020
4.0 out of 5 stars
Brad fights zombies
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World War Z is my favorite zombie movie. Brad Pitt is excellent as a UN investigator brought out of retirement to help find a solution to the world’s zombie problem. He and his family live in Philadelphia but when the city is overrun, he drives them to Newark for safety. Having visited Newark a few times, that would not have been my choice. Brad is recused from the top of an apartment building in a helicopter and he joins a team trying to save the world. He visits Korea, Israel, and the UK. He finds there are zombies everywhere.

There is plenty of action and it is an enjoyable movie. The zombies are fast and hard to kill. The film looks good. It cost $190 million to make. It grossed more than $540 million worldwide. It is the highest-grossing film of Pitt's career and is the most successful zombie movie of all time. A sequel was announced shortly after the film's release in 2013, but in 2019 it was canceled, reportedly due to budget issues. The end of the movie was a little anticlimactic, perhaps because its makers expected there to be a sequel. Probably by 2019, most people had probably seen enough shows about zombies on TV.

The film was directed by Marc Forster who is best known for Monster's Ball, Finding Neverland, Stranger than Fiction, The Kite Runner, Quantum of Solace, and Christopher Robin.
5 people found this helpful
Ishelle VillenReviewed in the United States on June 18, 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
A Movie Favorite!
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Love this movie! Love the action, the story, the emotion and urgency - great escape. I am not a zombie person - many movies dwell on the gore and horror of zombies, but not this movie. I am sure I have seen it over 20 times and I am never tired of it. The acting is done so well that I am transported into the film every time. My fingers are crossed for a sequel as I want to know what happens to these characters!
12 people found this helpful
SuzanoReviewed in the United States on October 12, 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
A super hero without surreal special powers. Extremely entertaining!
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There are no super heroes with capes and special powers. There's a man with a wife and two kids who is sent on a quest to solve the worldwide pandemic- a zombie apocalypse. No, he does not fight them physically, no fancy moves like in the comic book genres. He uses his intellect to discover the origins and clues of this infectious disease. It has been seven years since WW-Z was released and we are inundated with sequels and even more sequels of the super heroes joining forces against some ridiculous evil foe. World War Z is fun and you become part of the journey. Will we ever see original creative movies again? I was so hoping for a sequel to WW-Z. In the meantime, I will watch it again.
To Brad Pitt, please make a sequel!!
2 people found this helpful
sparrowhawkesReviewed in the United States on January 6, 2016
4.0 out of 5 stars
Pleasant escapism with plenty of zombie action
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I read the book, I saw the movie. I've read and heard complaints that the source material is lost in this translation, but I think that's a load of junk. The serial, newpaper clipping style of writing works well in book form, but makes for a narrative nightmare in movies; you don't know who to root for because you're constantly learning who this new character is. It's distracting. The producers of this film did a good job of capturing the essence of what the point of the Brooks work was about: a less than grim, not quite tongue in cheek fun glimpse at the end of the world, a la zombies. The story doesn't make sense, things happen to Brad Pitt that aren't plausible, but since you're watching a film about ten thousand zombies piling over one another to breach the 100ft wall of Jerusalem constructed on an email hunch, you might be missing the point by focusing on the one fake tree in a forest of real ones. Smell the sap and have fun
17 people found this helpful
TommyReviewed in the United States on September 8, 2014
4.0 out of 5 stars
UNRATED cut is 4 stars. PG-13 cut is 2
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Having seen World War Z in the theater and being highly letdown by the lack of blood and choppy action scenes, I decided to give the unrated version a watch (just to see if it made any difference). I can tell you that a highly forgettable generic PG-13 rated zombie movie became a wicked cool "worth owning" zombie movie with the unrated cut. This is the best example I have ever seen as to how something as simple as a rating can make or break a film. The theatrical version LOOKED like it was heavily edited for television back in the 1970s. Anytime blood SHOULD have been on screen the camera quickly jerked away. With the unrated version the camera stays put and the blood and carnage finally show up. With the popularity of The Walking Dead and decades of Romero zombie gore it's inexcusable to have a watered-down zombie epic that shows no blood or gore. I totally gave up on this film after leaving the theater, but after viewing the unrated cut it has now found a permanent place on my Blu-ray shelf.
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