World War Z Saturday, 04 April 2020

World War Z

Additional Info

  • Rating:

    M: Horror themes, violence and infrequent coarse language.

  • The pitch:

    Infectious.

  • Starring:

    Brad Pitt, Mireille Enos, Daniella Kertesz, Fana Mokoena, James Badge Dale, David Morse, Peter Capaldi, Ludi Boeken, Elyes Gabel, Pierfrancesco Favino, Ruth Negga, Moritz Bleibtreu, Sterling Jerins, Abigail Hargrove

  • Directed by:

    Marc Forster

  • Running time:

    116 minutes

  • Rated:

    M (Australia), 15 (UK), PG-13 (USA)

  • VIOLENCE/GORE:

    People/zombies get shot (handguns, rifles, machine guns), shot at, maimed, threatened at gunpoint, blown up, bitten, beaten, punched, tackled, thrown through the air, hit by vehicles, crushed, pursued, tied up, sucked out of aircraft, fall from high distances. A woman is held down by two men (possible sexual harm implied), a man teeters on a high roof ledge (suicide intended), a man shoots himself in the head. Heads smash into windscreens, windows. A motorcyclist is hit by a truck, vehicle collisions, reckless driving, mass panic. Widespread devastation, soldiers, tanks, grenades, military checkpoint, flame-throwers, huge explosions, famous cities in crisis; burning buildings, vehicles, aircraft. Helicopter and plane crashes. Video footage of man being beaten, animals hunting, animals eating carcasses. Objects get smashed, supermarket looted; broken glass. Dead POTUS, serial killing, marshall law, war crimes, mentioned. A girl handles a hunting rifle, zombies lunge at camera. Blood/gore: High body count. Corpses, human remains, ashes, skeletons. Blood on faces and clothing, blood splatter, blood smears, pooling blood, bloodied objects, blood bags, bandages, bruising. Convulsing bodies. Bite wounds, rotting flesh. Man with missing teeth. Piles of bodies (dead and alive). Injections, hypodermic needles seen.

  • SEX/NUDITY:

    A woman is pinned to the ground by two men (intention to inflict sexual harm implied). Kissing.

  • VICES/DRUG USE:

    Albuterol mentioned. A man injects himself with a live virus, a vaccine. Alcohol (beer).

  • LANGUAGE:

    S-words, a-words, derogatory name for women, bastard. Fat kid joke. Religous references and exclamations.

  • THEMES:

    Zombie apocalypse, biological warfare, global crisis, UN, infection, evacuation, vaccination, survival, family, stay-at-home dads.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS:

    Dead son and wife mentioned. Asthma attack. Flocks of birds, ants, wolf, bees, alligators, whales, fish, beached dolphins, buzzing insects, dogs. Planes, helicopters. Diseases (eg rabies, typhoid, meningitis), contaminated water, foaming at the mouth, teeth extraction mentioned. Sky-high aerial cinematography. Some Spanish language (subtitles and translation). Based on best-selling novel by Max Brooks.

  • CRITICS LIKE:

    Tense, thrilling, intelligent, well-paced, efficient, exciting, globe-spanning, slick, spectacular, emotive, blockbuster. Workable screenplay, striking imagery, solid performances.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE:

    Vastly different from book. Gaping plot holes and questionable plot devices. Anti-climactic ending. Lacks gore, heart. Subtext themes are not explored.

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