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'World War Z' quickly reaches zombie overload

'World War Z' is the next zombie movie when there have already been far too many.

By Peter RainerFilm critic / June 21, 2013

'World War Z' stars Brad Pitt (center).

Jaap Buitendijk/Paramount Pictures/AP


What would popular entertainment be these days without zombies? The latest, and biggest, zombie-festation is “World War Z,” starring Brad Pitt as a former United Nations investigator of global “hot zones.” The action kicks in early as Pitt’s Gerry and his family are caught in urban gridlock that quickly morphs into zombielock.

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Pitt has fought to make this movie for more than six years, and presumably his passion has as much to do with zombies as metaphors for eco-disaster. (Some kind of viral infection apparently started the whole mess, wouldn’t you know). 

Trouble is, when you see a zombie rapidly advancing on you – and in this movie, they travel in hordes – it’s no time to be thinking metaphorically. 

Director Marc Forster is very good at amping up the terror, but after a while, we reach zombie overload and we might as well be watching an infestation of Transformers. Pitt conducts himself manfully throughout the proceedings – he is never less than believable while facing off against this pandemic – but if I never see another zombie in the movies, I will not feel deprived. Grade: B- (Rated PG-13 for intense frightening zombie sequences, violence and disturbing images.)


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