WORLD WAR Z
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.