Brad Pitt and zombies — do we even need to say anything more? ‘World War Z’ hit theaters on June 21, but before you dive in to the apocalyptic thriller, see what the critics had to say!
Brad Pitt is the latest star to hop on the zombie and apocalypse trends with his new film World War Z (out on June 21). Could it be the best out of them all? And more importantly, can it distinguish itself in a market so saturated with flicks about the undead and the end of the world? HollywoodLife.com’s Editor-in-Chief Bonnie Fuller and Fashion Director Katrina Mitzeliotis called the movie “suspenseful” and “gripping,” now see what the other buffs thought!
‘World War Z’ Movie Reviews
New York Times
The movie, loosely adapted from Max Brooks’s 2006 novel of the same title, is under two hours long. Its action set pieces are cleverly conceived and coherently executed in ways that make them feel surprising, even exciting. Brad Pitt, playing a former United Nations troubleshooter pressed back into service to battle the undead, wears a scruffy, Redfordesque air of pained puzzlement. And, best of all, World War Z, directed by Marc Forster from a script with four credited authors, reverses the relentless can-we-top-this structure that makes even smart blockbusters feel bloated and dumb. The large-scale, city-destroying sequences come early, leading toward a climax that is intimate, intricate and genuinely suspenseful.
Be prepared for a relatively grown-up, modestly intelligent and refreshingly un-bombastic thriller that owes as much to medical tick-tocks such as Outbreak and Contagion as it does to 28 Days Later and the seminal works of George Romero. Anchored by a solid lead performance by Brad Pitt, who plays a happy Philadelphia househusband pulled back into his old profession of U.N. investigator when a zombie apocalypse threatens to destroy the world, World War Z may not break new ground in either of the genres it straddles. But it deserves a certain amount of credit for refusing to buy into the current cinematic arms race in Biggest, Loudest and Dumbest.
New York Magazine
World War Z becomes World War ZZZZZZ. There is but one protagonist and he’s a dullard. Under normal circumstances, you would be forgiven for thinking that Pitt appropriated the property (à la Tom Cruise) for his own megalomaniacal ends, but the actor has appeared in enough ensemble pictures (and worked with enough dreamy auteurs like Terrence Malick) to dispel the idea that his vanity pushed out other considerations. My hunch is that Pitt and his team tried it Brooks’s way and couldn’t make it work, and so went back — with tons of money having already been spent — to what they knew: One hero, one arc, one overriding motivation.
Los Angeles Times
World War Z plays a bit like a series of separate films and the juncture where the new final act was grafted onto the proceedings is unmistakable, but unless you knew about the film’s troubled past, you’d never guess it existed. Against considerable odds, the ability and professionalism of the cast and crew have carried the day.
New York Post
Once you figure out the first rule of Zombie Fight Club — nothing too bad can happen to Brad Pitt — the movie is, despite intermittent thrills, rote. There are several intense chases and some dazzling trailer-bait set pieces such as one on a jet. But stapling together trailer moments does not a movie make.
Looks like we might have a toss-up on our hands! If you like zombies — and if you like Brad Pitt — World War Z will definitely be worth the price of admission. Watch our own review of the movie below and let us know, will you be seeing World War Z?
— Andrew Gruttadaro
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