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World War Z

ages 14+ | 88 % Say It's Worth Your Time

When former U.N. investigator Gerry Lane (Brad Pitt) and his family get stuck in urban gridlock, he senses that it's no ordinary traffic jam. His suspicions are confirmed when, suddenly, the city erupts into chaos. A lethal virus, spread through a single bite, is turning healthy people into something vicious, unthinking and feral. As the pandemic threatens to consume humanity, Gerry leads a worldwide search to find the source of the infection and, with luck, a way to halt its spread.


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Genre: Action , Horror

Director: Marc Forster

Cast: Brad Pitt, Mireille Enos, Eric West

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Rated PG-13 Intense Frightening Zombie Seq|Disturbing Images|Violence

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  • 7 of 10 Violence & Gore
  • 4 of 10 Profanity

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  • (Male)

    ages 15+ | Not Worth Your Time

    If you want to be numbly entertained with human/zombie carnage, look no further. This movie is gripping, suspenseful, gruesome, horrific and ridiculous. Great acting by Brad Pitt, but at the end of the day an absolute waste of time.

    Disclaimer: I think zombies are as about as entertaining as watching flesh rott. If you're into zombies, you're likely going to enjoy this movie.

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  • (Male) Deseret News Critic

    ages 14+ | Worth Your Time

    This movie doesn't waste any time tossing the viewer right into the zombie apocalypse. A unique take on the genre. All suspense and action with very little characterization.

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  • (Male)

    ages 14+ | Worth Your Time

    World War Z offers a suspense and, in my opinion, it delivers. I enjoyed the take this movie took on "zombies." Sure there are things you can pick at and find plot holes with, but looking at it from a story and entertainment perspective, it keeps you interested.

    There is a considerable amount of violence in this movie and a series of scenes that aren't for the faint in stomach movie goers. The Bluray/DVD version has even more gore with the extended scenes than the theatrical version, so be prepared for that.

    This movie actually portrays the power of family quite well. Brad Pitt plays a total family man who is sincerely concerned with his wife and children at all moments. He is natural in his role of portraying sincere concern for humanity in this movie.

    Parents need not worry about sexual content or any f-bombs in this one. There are other swear words (but it's not excessive) and unfortunately among those are the Lord's name in vain. The biggest concern for parents will be the graphic imagery and mature nature of a worldwide epidemic striking.

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  • (Female)

    ages 14+ |

    This movie is great. I jumped a few times a zombie appeared but I probably would have never seen this movie... in the end I really enjoyed. Also, Brad Pitt does a extremely good job with his role.

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  • (Female)

    ages 14+ | Worth Your Time

    "You want answers?" "I want the truth!" Oops, wrong movie, but essentially the same line applies to World War Z. A zombie outbreak has enveloped every country on Earth, and the humans not yet affected are searching for ways to survive, to stop the spread of zombie transitions, and they are searching for the origins of the first outbreak. Fast paced, dramatic, and fun. Hubby and I watched this with my 14 year old daughter. All three of us loved this film. There is a strong warning at the end of the movie, and it applies to any outbreak or crises...not just for zombie attacks.

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  • (Male)

    ages 16+ | Worth Your Time

    This movie wasn't my favorite, but it also doesn't make my "bad movie list". The film was exciting and definitely kept me on my feet, but at the same time I felt like it was never going to end (which I would say I kind of wanted to happen). Overall, I think the film is worth watching if you just want to feel the adrenaline of a "scary" movie. If you are looking for a well made movie and well thought out story, don't watch it.

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  • (Male) Deseret News Critic

    ages 14+ | Not Worth Your Time

    The most expensive Pepsi ad ever made.

    Not as bad as people expected it to be, but not nearly as good as its Worth Your Time rating would have you believe, either. Very contrived, episodic, and ridiculous with a few bits of good action and memorable visuals thrown in for good measure.

  • (Male)

    ages 14+ | Worth Your Time

    I am not into the whole zombie craze but really liked this movie

  • (Female)

    ages 16+ |

    Good movie

  • (Male)

    ages 16+ |

    good movie

  • (Male)

    No Maturity Rating | Worth Your Time

    My kids loved it

  • (Female)

    ages 13+ | Not Worth Your Time

    It was okay, I was really disappointed it didn't live up to the hype. I am really glad I didn't waste my time or money seeing it in theaters.

  • (Male)

    ages 12+ | Worth Your Time

    Not that scary, fast zombies aren't my thing.

  • (Male)

    ages 14+ | Worth Your Time

    I had no expectations going into this film but I walked away pleasantly surprised. I was really entertained from beginning to finish. It has some pretty intense parts and the ending will have you on the edge of your seats. I like the director's take on the Zombies and I feel he was able to make them different than the usual zombies we have seen so much of lately.
    This movie is definitely a well deserved PG-13 movie from some gore and language but also cause of the intensity of it as well. It is well worth a watch and will keep you entertained all the way through.

  • (Male)

    ages 16+ | Not Worth Your Time

    This movie could just as easily have been about a virus and had no zombies in it at all and still been the same movie. Shameful misadaptation of an entertaining book.

  • (Male)

    No Maturity Rating | Worth Your Time

    I'm a big zombie movie fan, so I loved it.
    A different kind of spin and perspective.
    Great movie, waiting for world war z II

  • No Maturity Rating | Worth Your Time

    Great movie from start

  • ages 16+ | Worth Your Time

    Good zombie movie. The movie doesn't drag on before getting to the plot and action. These zombies are crazy!

  • (Female)

    ages 16+ |

    Nice one

  • (Male)

    ages 13+ | Worth Your Time

    I liked it even though I am sick to death of Zombie movies. It's definitely worth renting. Pretty gory though.

  • ages 16+ | Not Worth Your Time

    I guess I shouldn't give this a bad rating because it wasn't a mindless movie. It was actually a thoughtful and interesting story but this isn't something that made me feel good in the least. That is the reason it wasn't worth my time.

  • (Male)

    ages 15+ | Worth Your Time

    Wow, I went into this show with no expectations of it being good and I loved it! The action starts at the beginning and doesn't really let up much throughout the whole movie. I thought this was also a refreshing take on zombie movies. I feel like a many are so out there now days that this was a refreshing less ridiculous story.

    There is a lot of violence in this movie, but I think that is to be expected from most if not all zombie movies. They do a good job of not showing a lot of gore as a result of the violence though. There is no sexual content in this movie, so no need to worry about that. I think if you want a good intense movie to watch and be entertained though, this would be your movie.

  • (Male)

    ages 13+ | Worth Your Time

    This was a good movie a bit of a different take on zombies but the theories in this movie are all regurgited

  • clearplay.com

    No Maturity Rating | Worth Your Time

    If you are a fan of the book the movie is based on, be aware that the only things the movie and book share are zombies and the title. World War Z is an entertaining ride for the zombie-loving crowd, though it plays more like a disaster movie than the standard chainsaw, axe, and brains zombie-flick. Like I Am Legend, it’s a tamer zombie experience in terms of gore while still retaining some scares. My only criticism of the film is its up and down rhythm: Calm. Zombies! Calm. Zombies! Calm. Zombies! Still, it was a fun watch and I would recommend it to the action horror crowd... See Full Review

  • (Male)

    ages 14+ | Worth Your Time

    Was skeptical bc it was supposed to be completely different from the book. It was different but there were significant pieces of the book still present. Enough to satisfy the book fans. It was very suspenseful and action packed. The scene on the plane was CRAZY! Totally enjoyable once the young kids go to bed.

  • (Female)

    ages 15+ | Worth Your Time

    I thought this movie was good and liked that it took a different spin on the whole zombie/end of the world thing. There were some parts that made me jump and I was on edge a lot during the movie. There was a lot of fighting, because, well, it's a zombie movie. I did find I enjoyed it and was rather impressed with the plot.

    Overall, if these zombies show up one day, I'm a dead girl.

  • (Male)

    ages 13+ | Worth Your Time

    I really liked this movie. It was better than I expected. I am not a huge "zombie" fan but this one had loads of action. There was a few parts that made me leap out of my seat in the theaters. Gave the guy next to me a good laugh with how much air I got. I would recommend this movie and I will be adding it to my collection.

  • (Male)

    ages 13+ | Worth Your Time

    It's like Left 4 Dead but in real life! This movie in my opinion seems like a mix between Contagion and Left 4 Dead. The reason why it was probably rated pg-13 is from all the Zombies that get killed in one way or another.

    In the end I think the only way this could be better would be if the main characters got turned into Zombies at the end!

  • (Female)

    ages 13+ | Worth Your Time

    Scary but good!

  • (Male)

    ages 15+ | Worth Your Time

    I debated about whether this film was worth my time. It was very well made. The visual effects are stunning (although many of the zombies are clearly CGI), and the intensity of the movie picks up in the beginning and doesn't let you go until the end. Having read the book, I was relieved to see that they took some of the graphic violence and toned it down to an appropriate PG 13 level. That being said however, there were many holes in the plot and changes to it that just couldn't be compensated for by having read the book. Interesting and intense enough for one watch if you are a zombie fanatic, but otherwise, you shouldn't feel bad about missing it. Even with violence being toned down, it is still violent and intense, with some graphic gore particularly in one scene.

  • (Male)

    ages 12+ | Worth Your Time

    Pretty cool movie! Could've been shorter, though.

  • (Male)

    ages 14+ | Worth Your Time

    This was a very fun movie to watch! It started very slow to me and boring, even though there were plenty of zombie scenes at the beginning it felt like all the other zombie movies out there. I was about to lose hope that the movie would be any good, and then they got to Israel. When it got to this part of the movie it quickly got me interested. The action was awesome and very intense and had me at the edge of my seat for the rest of the movie. The first half hour I thought was very boring and cliche, but the rest of the film was very thrilling and exciting to watch!
    I highly recommend this movie to any fan of action and zombies.
    3 stars

  • (Male)

    ages 14+ | Worth Your Time

    It's a different zombie movie that's for sure. It has more of a story than most zombie movies, and to be honest, the ending didn't suck. It's suspenseful, and fun.

    Even if your not a lover of zombie movies, this one is worth stretching out of your comfort zone.

  • (Male) Catholic News Service

    ages 16+ | Not Worth Your Time

    What pluck! What moxie! And what a time-waster!... See Full Review

  • (Male) Michael Medved Show

    No Maturity Rating | Worth Your Time

    Rich characterizations and some truly spectacular special effects, make you care more than you would expect about this particular zombie apocalypse. It is rated PG-13, but it ought to be R for some fairly gruesome if not particularly graphic violence... See Full Review

  • (Male) Standard Examiner

    No Maturity Rating | Worth Your Time

    ...this is a nail biting, edge-of-your-seat thriller that even looks great on regular screen 3-D (a pleasant surprise).

    So zombie-lovin’ freaks, rejoice! “World War Z” is much better than anticipated and, I believe, is worthy of your hard-earned zombie dollars... See Full Review

  • (Male)

    ages 15+ | Worth Your Time

    Within less than 10 minutes you are thrust into a movie full of almost non-stop action, and boy, is it a fun thrill ride!!!

    Unfortunately that's about all it is. There is no character development. A handful of swearing and a large amount of zombie attacks with a decent amount of intense moments. We also get some good thrills, but that's all this movie pretty much amounts to.

    The ending is somewhat anti-climactic. I expected some huge plot to get away from the zombies, or destroy them, but we get a soft ending with some not-so-subtle product placement; not something I expected and was disappointed with the almost awkward ending.

    I also found that unfortunately the best part of the movie are all in the trailer. In other words you got to the parts in the trailer and you knew what to expect and really that's all you get. The movie holds no additional content that is not in the trailer to look forward to. That was also disappointing.

    If I had to score this movie solely on the action it would get 3.5/4 stars. Sadly the other lacking qualities in the movie drag this movie down to 2.75/4 stars for me.

    If you want a popcorn movie that delivers action, and nothing else, this is your movie.

  • (Male)

    ages 16+ | Worth Your Time

    First of all let me say I don't get the whole zombie obsession. If I want to watch a bunch of brainless, dead-like people that don't do anything for society, I'll go to a skateboard park and see it first hand! Just a few short years ago it was vampires and now it's morphed into zombie-mania. I don't think I've ever seen an actual zombie movie in my life, I don't watch Walking Dead, I've never seen Shawn of the Dead, didn't see Warm Bodies...you get the point! When I first heard that this movie was coming out I just rolled my eyes and didn't think anything else about it...then the trailer came out. Yeah I was hooked!

    Saw WWZ in 3D last night and lets just say I was pretty excited about seeing this movie. After watching the movie, and letting it stew around in my brain for the night, I've decided that this movie is a tale of two budgets. The first half of the movie is your typical Hollywood blockbuster. What you saw in the trailer was mostly in the first half of the movie. The second half of the movie was more of a low budget movie that could've been released in February where there is no competition and expectations are much lower. I did find out that this movie was supposed to be released last year in 2012 but they had to do major re-shoots.

    The problem with this movie is that it lacks character development. We know that Brad Pitt is a father and used to work for the U.N. as an inspector. He has a loving wife and 2 children. Within about 10 minutes into the show you are thrust into the apocalypse and the movie goes from there. It was hard to feel for the characters because of the lack of character development. Brad Pitt's character, Gerry, is forced back into his old job by the Secretary of the U.N, as it's up to him to save the world, while his family sits on a ship waiting to see if he will come back alive. Even the parts of the movie where the zombies are attacking people and climbing up walls and bringing down helicopters, etc it just lacked the "coolness effect" because we saw that all on the trailer many times so it was one of those, "yeah okay, saw that already" moments. Another aspect that I didn't like was there were several instances where it was hard to hear what was being said. I found myself straining to hear the dialogue at times. Also, aren't zombies supposed to walk around really slow? Not in this movie!

    What is good about this movie is the acting and the intensity. Brad Pitt does a pretty good job playing this role, he's the lead and carries it well. The intensity was almost non-stop, at least for me. In fact there was at least one scene where I almost jumped out of my chair. Yes, this is one of those movies where you don't know when or where something is going to jump out which keeps you on the edge of your seat the entire time. Even though the second half of the movie slows down quite a bit I was still interested, but I must say I wish the ending was different. I won't give away any spoilers but it just kind of...ended.

    I did like how the director didn't show much blood or killings, which either happened off screen or in such a massive scale there wasn't any one person to really focus on. Sometimes the zombies were kind of comical in the way that they acted, even though I don't think it was meant to be funny.

    All in all it was a good movie but not a great movie. I'm not going to go out and buy a "Zombie Apocalypse First Response Team" t-shirt.

    This movie would be for 16yrs old and older due to the intensity and dark tone. Typical PG-13 language that you would expect. No sexual content of any kind. 2.75 out of 4 stars.

  • kidstvmovies.about.com

    No Maturity Rating | Worth Your Time

    ...the action moves along at a brisk pace despite a near two-hour runtime and this is one occasion where the PG-13 rating actually works. Being restricted in the amount of gore one could show kept the focus on the action element rather than the horror and gore... See Full Review

  • ParentPreviews.com

    No Maturity Rating | Not Worth Your Time

    acked with improbable plot lines, questionable science and a disturbing solution to the zombie invasion, World War Z doesn’t wander far from what audiences will expect in this genre. However the film, which leaves itself wide open for a possible sequel, tries to massage a message into all the mayhem. But any political point about the use of chemical warfare, isolationism or ineffective government leadership is lost when these zombies initiate World War Z... See Full Review

  • (Female) Movie Mom

    ages 16+ | Worth Your Time

    Director Marc Forster, not known for thrillers, keeps things taut and involving, holding back information to keep us just a little strung out and then allowing us some release at just the right moment. The zombies are fast and relentless. Even at a PG-13 level, with muted gore, they are very disturbing... See Full Review

  • (Male) Movie Nation

    No Maturity Rating | Worth Your Time

    Forster keeps the gory stuff — bitings, bloodlettings, amputations — discretely off camera. But he rarely lets the tension dissipate. Whatever message might be carried in the way fortress states like Israel and North Korea resist the virus is undercut by the best-laid plans of the Living Dead... See Full Review

  • (Female) USA TODAY

    No Maturity Rating | Worth Your Time

    The movie toggles between Hollywood commercialism and a social statement about global instability. It has moments that border on profound, then pull back... See Full Review

  • (Male) Entertainment Weekly

    No Maturity Rating | Worth Your Time

    World War Z, which may be the most entertaining and accomplished zombie thriller since George A. Romero's Dawn of the Dead (1979), has touches of that suspenseful high-tension claustrophobia. Yet it's a very different sort of zombie feast (far more than, say, The Walking Dead). It's vast and sprawling and spectacular;... See Full Review


Okfor ages12+