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Marc Forster, 2013


Zombies plus pandemic plus huge budget plus Brad Pitt surely equals blockbuster gold? Sadly, all that glitters ... can tarnish over time.

The opening scenes of World War Z are thrillingly pacy and promising: former UN investigator Pitt is driving in Philly with his family when suddenly disaster movie pandemonium descends, turning passers-by into deranged, teeth-gnashing zombies. But somehow over the course of two hours – during which Pitt is forced to leave his loved ones to look for an instantaneous world cure in, of all places, Wales – the life drains out of the whole thing.

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