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Max Brooks novel World War Z is a fun, smart and detailed account of a zombie apocalypse. So detailed in fact that when I read it a couple of years ago it seemed clear that it would be a hard job to bring this vast universe to the screen.
I also found myself actually liking the central characters who make for a refreshing change from the clumsy, annoying and quite frankly stupid characters that have been seen in previous zombie films. For the most part the people in this film are mature, quick thinking and intelligent, actually making clever choices as opposed to running around screaming for two hours.
Brad Pitt and his hair put in a standard performance that you would expect from this type of summer film and his supporting cast such as James Badge Dale and Mireille Enos do well with what they are given.
Overall World War Z is not a perfect film by any means. It’s certainly not as involving or original as it’s book but it is a decent Saturday night date film with a few scares and a few thrills too.