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DVD REVIEW: World War Z
3:12pm Wednesday 23rd October 2013 in Entertainments
GERRY Lane (Brad Pitt) is a retired United Nations investigator who devotes his time to his wife Karin (Mireille Enos) and daughters Constance (Sterling Jerins) and Rachel (Abigail Hargrove).
During a drive through Philadelphia, the Lanes witness the spread of a disease which transforms men, women and children into merciless predators with a bite.
Gerry’s old boss at the UN, Thierry Umutoni (Fana Mokoena), guarantees Karin, Constance and Rachel safe passage on an aircraft carrier if Gerry agrees to travel behind enemy lines to discover the source of the outbreak.
The search moves from a military base in South Korea to Jerusalem and finally to a World Health Organisation compound in Wales where Gerry and an Israeli soldier (Daniella Kertesz) join four doctors (Peter Capaldi, Pierfrancesco Favino, Ruth Negga, Moritz Bleibtreu) in the frantic race against time for a cure.
World War Z is a post-apocalyptic zombie action horror which boasts a cracking opening 60 minutes.
Marc Forster directs at breakneck speed, capturing the pandemonium as the infected swarm like rabid animals, including some jump-out-ofyour- seat scares that are even more delicious in 3D, available exclusively on Blu-ray.
The final act, which was rewritten and reshot, feels out of kilter with the rest of the film but does at least stem the hordes of computer-generated undead that cram every frame of the early action sequences.
Pitt maintains calm in the eye of a pyrotechnicladen storm, barely breaking sweat as he attempts to save mankind from annihilation.
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