Rating : 4/10
Release Date : 21st June, 2013
Time : 116 minutes
Director : Marc Forster; Writers : Matthew Michael Carnahan, Drew Goddard, Damon Lindelof (based on the novel by Max Brooks); Music : Marco Beltrami
Starring : Brad Pitt, Mireille Enos, Daniella Kertesz
This is a zombie film. Every bit as predictable and clichéd as most others in this genre (though special mention must go to Zombieland for doing things in a fascinating way !). And it stars a heavyweight, Brad Pitt. They try to scare you, keep things tense but succeed only if you’re willing to overlook the numerous fatal flaws in the ultra-thin script.
Brad Pitt is an investigative journalist, now retired to spend time with his family, who used to go in and out of troubled spots. This skill makes him mysteriously invaluable when the entire world is attacked by zombies. No warning, no prior inkling, hang the different time zones – one minute the world is safe and then suddenly – sometime in the morning Philadelphia time, the entire planet is overrun with them, the President is dead and most countries ‘go dark’. The powers that be then also display an amazing grasp of medical science by deciding the only way to find a cure is by going to the country of origin. Apparently just catching any of the millions of zombies on US soil wouldn’t work. And so Brad Pitt goes jetting around a world to try to find a cure.
Despite the wafer-thin, giant holes ridden plot, there is a veneer of tension, a sliver of interest, simply because its Brad Pitt and he seems to be taking it very seriously. There is very little to remember or like otherwise in the movie.