World War Z (film)
|World War Z|
Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Marc Forster|
|Based on||World War Z
by Max Brooks
|Music by||Marco Beltrami|
|Distributed by||Paramount Pictures|
|Box office||$540 million|
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World War Z is a 2013 American science fiction apocalyptic action horror filmdirected by Marc Forster. The screenplay by Matthew Michael Carnahan,Drew Goddard, and Damon Lindelof is from a screen story by Carnahan andJ. Michael Straczynski, based on the 2006 novel of the same name by Max Brooks. The film stars Brad Pitt as Gerry Lane, a former United Nationsinvestigator who must travel the world to find a way to stop a zombie pandemic.
Pitt’s Plan B Entertainment secured the film rights in 2007, and Forster was approached to direct. In 2009, Carnahan was hired to rewrite the script. Filming began in July 2011 in Malta, on an estimated $125 million budget, before moving to Glasgow in August 2011 and Budapest in October 2011. Originally set for a December 2012 release, the production suffered some setbacks. In June 2012, the film’s release date was pushed back, and the crew returned to Budapest for seven weeks of additional shooting. Damon Lindelof was hired to rewrite the third act, but did not have time to finish the script, and Drew Goddard was hired to rewrite it. The reshoots took place between September and October 2012.
World War Z premiered in London on June 2, 2013, and was chosen to open the 35th Moscow International Film Festival. The film premiered in New York, and Los Angeles on June 14, 2013, and released everywhere on June 21, 2013, in the United States, in 2D and RealD 3D. The film received positive reviews for Brad Pitt’s performance and as a realistic revival of the zombie genre, but received certain criticism for the anti-climax and outdated CGI. Regardless, the film was a commercial success, grossing over $540 million against a production budget of $190 million, becoming the highest-grossing zombie film of all time. A sequel was announced shortly after the film’s release and is scheduled for June 9, 2017.
A zombie outbreak erupts in cities around the world; those bitten by the creatures become zombies themselves within 12 seconds. Retired United Nations (UN) investigator Gerry Lane, his wife Karin, and their two daughters take shelter with a family in Newark. Gerry’s friend, UN Deputy Secretary-General Thierry Umuntoni, arranges their rescue. When their U.S. Air Force helicopter arrives, zombies invade the house and their hosts are bitten, with only their son, Tommy, managing to escape with Gerry’s family. They are flown to a U.S. Navy carrier group offshore New York City, where Umuntoni is overseeing the remaining worldwide governments’ reaction.
The onboard scientists, needing to find patient zero, focus on Camp Humphreys in South Korea – thought to be the source of their first known mention of “zombie”. A team of Navy SEALs is dispatched with Dr. Andrew Fassbach, a preeminent virologist and the most likely person to find a cure. Gerry is coerced into going with them under the threat of having his family sent to a potentially unsafe mainland refugee camp. When the team’s plane lands at Camp Humphreys, the group is ambushed by zombies and Dr. Fassbach accidentally shoots himself dead.
Inside the compound, Gerry learns that a South Korean doctor was the first to come down with the zombie infection, turning about 10 minutes after being bitten by a soldier who had been somewhat deranged for days. He also learns that an injured soldier had not been attacked when surrounded by zombies. A disgraced CIA operative, held at the base for selling arms to North Korea, reveals that North Korea understood the threat and had already pulled the teeth of all 23 million citizens, whileIsrael had reacted a week before the outbreak, reinforcing their historically walled cities. He directs Gerry to Jerusalem andMossad agent Jurgen Warmbrunn.
In Jerusalem, Warmbrunn reveals they had intercepted a message that the Indian Army was fighting the rakshasa(“undead”). He and other Israeli experts convinced the government to close their cities to protect themselves. As Gerry is escorted back to his plane by the Israel Defense Forces (IDF), zombies are drawn by loud music and singing in the city and pile themselves against the wall, forming a mound of zombies that reaches over the wall. As Gerry and his IDF guard battle their way to the airport, Gerry notices that the zombies avoid attacking a frail elderly man and a young feeble boy. A zombie bites the hand of Segen, one of Gerry’s IDF escorts, who Gerry saves by quickly amputating her infected hand. The group reaches the airport, where only Gerry and Segen make it onto a full passenger jet.
In flight, Gerry has time to speculate that the zombies’ bypassing of the injured, elderly and sick may be a way to deal with them. He contacts Umuntoni, who directs the pilots to Cardiff, site of an operational World Health Organization (WHO) facility. As the plane nears Cardiff, a zombie is discovered on the plane, and most of the passengers are quickly infected. Gerry uses a grenade from Segen’s gear, rupturing the cabin to eject the zombies, but also causing the plane to crash land. Gerry and Segen are the only survivors, although Gerry is impaled on some debris. The two make their way to the nearby WHO facility.
Gerry wakes up three days later. He contacts Umuntoni to help convince the WHO employees of his identity, but learns that his family were shipped to Nova Scotia as the navy presumed he was dead. Gerry explains his theory that the zombies ignore unhealthy humans, wanting a healthy host to carry the infection, suggesting that he inject himself with a deadly but curable disease to “camouflage” him from the zombies. The WHO scientists agree, but point out that their pathogens are located in a zombie-infested lab. Gerry, Segen, and a scientist carefully work toward the lab, but loud noises results in a pack of zombies finding them. Segen and the scientist get to safety, and Gerry finds himself in a room with the pathogens. As he attempts to leave with the pathogens, a lone zombie appears behind the door, blocking Gerry’s only exit from the room. Seeing no other option, Gerry injects himself with one of the pathogens; many of which could kill him, but he later finds himself alive. His hypothesis is proven correct, as he lets the zombie enter the vault and it does not attack, allowing Gerry to safety bypass the zombies with the pathogens.
Later, as Gerry and Segen are taken to the coastal refugee camp in Nova Scotia to join his family, he explains there is now a vaccine that is a hybridized mix of meningitis, smallpox and H1N1. The vaccine serves to camouflage humans from the zombies, allowing them to travel through the zombie hordes to safety and even mount attacks against them. They find that zombies in an area will stand dormant when no unvaccinated humans or loud noises are present. He states that the war against the zombies has just begun, as Paris is seen burning and overrun by zombies, and the residents of Moscow are seen fighting face-to face with the zombies.
- Brad Pitt as Gerry Lane, a former United Nations investigator with experience investigating in dangerous war zones.
- Mireille Enos as Karin Lane, Gerry’s wife.
- Daniella Kertesz as an Israeli soldier known only as “Segen”, who accompanies Gerry during their escape from Israel.
- James Badge Dale as Captain Speke, stationed at Camp Humphreys in South Korea.
- Ludi Boeken as Jurgen Warmbrunn, the Director of Mossad; responsible for preparing Israel’s pre-emptive defenses.
- Matthew Fox as a U.S. Air Force Pararescueman sent by Umutoni to rescue the Lanes in Newark.
- Fana Mokoena as Thierry Umutoni, the U.N. Deputy Secretary General.
- David Morse as an imprisoned CIA operative who realized the threat and sold (zombie defense) guns to North Korea.
- Elyes Gabel as virologist Dr. Andrew Fassbach
- Peter Capaldi as a World Health Organization (WHO) doctor
- Pierfrancesco Favino as a WHO doctor
- Ruth Negga as a WHO doctor
- Moritz Bleibtreu as a WHO doctor
- Sterling Jerins as Constance Lane, the younger Lane daughter.
- Abigail Hargrove as Rachel Lane, the older Lane daughter.