That may be hard to imagine, but it’s what we get with the PG-13 rated WORLD WAR Z.
It’s no secret that the long-delayed disaster epic has faced a troubled path to the screen. And that it included some of the most expensive re-shoots in recent memory.
But guess what? The payoff is in the final product.
WORLD WAR Z is one of the rare instances where the tinkering actually paid off.
Co-producer and star Brad Pitt‘s apocalyptic thriller is guaranteed to have audiences in panic mode with its raw intensity and good old fashioned shock value. Ongoing reactions to many scenes by the women sitting on each side of me impacted my appreciation of the thriller probably as much as the movie itself.
Here Brad Pitt plays a retired U.N. specialist in life threatening situations who’s called back into service when a species of zombies begins mass-multiplying in Philadelphia and rapidly spreads around the world.
What’s at the bottom of this pandemic? Can Pitt find a solution in his globe trotting race against the clock? And what makes these critters the fastest sprinting zombies in showbiz?
Once it gets going the terror never lets up.
Paramount delivers a nailbiter from beginning to end that does the genre proud.
Add a generous dose of hand-held camera action plus decent enough 3D effects and you’ve got just under two hours of panic stricken zombie thrills.
WORLD WAR Z raises 3-1/2 out of 5 gripping fingers.
JACK GOES TO THE MOVIES Friday mornings at 6:40 a.m. and 8:40 a.m. on KMBZ Fm & Am / Also anytime on Time-Warner Cable’s K.C. OB DEMAND, Channel 411 / And throughout Nebraska on Nebraska On Demand.