World War Z

Director: Marc Forster
Year Released: 2013
Rating: 1.0

2013 is the year of the apocalypse: has Hollywood inhaled too much medical marijuana and developed a collective paranoid personality disorder? In this end-of-the-world scenario - based on the book by Max Brooks (Mel's son) - humans are becoming infected with this Zombie Virus that turns them into ferocious flesh eaters with the speed of Usain Bolt - to save us all is a worker for the United Nations (Brad Pitt) who gets carted from set-piece to set-piece, from Philly to Newark to South Korea to Israel to Wales, to make the (obvious?) observation that these Speedy Zombies Won't Eat Sick People. Pitt's ability to survive countless attacks, viral infections and even a plane crash that involves him being impaled by a chunk of metal becomes almost comical; the subtext in the 'best' Zombie films (the ones by Romero) is missing here, leaving a routine action run-around.