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Brad Pitt, Mireille Enos, James Badge Dale, Daniella Kertesz, Matthew Fox, David Morse.


Marc Forster ( IT will stress you out, it will mess you up, but you’re still go­ing to love liv­ing through ev­ery last dis­mem­bered bit of World War Z.

This globe- trot­ting, nerve- jolt­ing af­fair is as on the money as a zom­bie fi lm can get.

The open­ing cred­its have barely fi nished rolling off the screen and Brad Pitt is al­ready PIXAR An­i­ma­tion have dusted off their beloved 2001 hit Mon­sters, Inc and pol­ished up a nifty lit­tle pre­quel. Let’s call it Mike & Sul­ley: The Early Years. The story spir­its us back to a time when pint- sized cy­clops Mike ( voiced by Billy Crys­tal) and hulk­ing shaggy- bear Sul­ley up to his neck in zom­bie chaos. One minute, he’s mak­ing break­fast. The next, he’s try­ing to ex­tri­cate his wife and kids from a vi­ral in­va­sion that has swiftly over­run ev­ery city in Amer­ica.

Pitt plays Gerry, a reg­u­lar guy who used to work for the United Na­tions as some kind of global Mr Fix- It. The UN kindly plucks Gerry and his clan from the drool­ing jaws snap­ping ( John Good­man) were yet to earn their scar­ing stripes. To get the nec­es­sary spook­ing skills, the pair fi nd them­selves en­rolled at Mon­sters Univer­sity, a Hog­warts for crea­tures that go “gr­rrrr” in the night. What fol­lows is a per­fectly pleas­ant pile of shenani­gans. The pac­ing of the tale is zippy, the en­ergy lev­els of the voice cast never dips, and the hu­mour in play ef­fort­lessly con­nects with kids and adults alike. all around them, and of­fer them safety on the US Govern­ment’s fl oat­ing head­quar­ters in the mid­dle of the At­lantic.

Of course, the res­cue comes at a price. To bring an end to the zom­bie virus, the UN needs to know where and how it started.

Gerry is given a plane and a satel­lite phone and told to save the world – if he doesn’t, his fam­ily will be kicked off the boat.

From this point on, World War Z locks into a rhythm which will keep pulses pound­ing through to the fi nal frame.

And what of the real stars of the show – the zom­bies? Well, they are fast. Noth­ing too re­mark­able about that. Most zom­bies th­ese days would put a gap be­tween them­selves and A QUIET, un­hur­ried and grace­ful Aus­tralian drama. In the far- north­ern reaches of Western Aus­tralia, a young Abo­rig­i­nal boy and his grand­fa­ther face evic­tion from the un­usual place they call home. The pair live at the site of an aban­doned drive- in cin­ema, which has been marked for de­mo­li­tion by a lo­cal min­ing Usain Bolt over a sprint dis­tance. In­trigu­ingly, the defi ning char­ac­ter­is­tic of the typ­i­cal WWZ zom­bie is su­per- sen­si­tive hear­ing.

Whereas most of their zom­bie- movie brethren ex­cel when all hell breaks loose, th­ese ones are at their most danger­ous when all is still and quiet.

As the fi lm bar­rels along at the same bite­neck speed as its zom­bies, there is lit­tle time for char­ac­ter de­vel­op­ment – this is where the sheer pres­ence and un­der- rated act­ing smarts of Brad Pitt jus­tifi es the zeroes at the end of his pay cheque. Who bet­ter to main­tain a cli­mate- con­trolled cool in an at­mos­phere al­ways one de­gree shy of to­tal melt­down? com­pany. In­censed by the news, 11- year- old Pete ( Cameron Wal­laby) takes off for the big smoke to see if he can change the min­ers’ minds. The fi lm could be con­strued as a bit slow and airy for some. Nev­er­the­less, its in­sight­ful fas­ci­na­tion with a fad­ing way of life in the out­back ( and a peo­ple de­ter­mined to keep liv­ing it as vividly as they can) is a small tri­umph. Co- stars David Gulpilil.

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