To recap: Despite all the noise about reshoots and production difficulties, World War Z is a film with plenty of action, a few amusing moments, a lot of zombies, and a whole lot of Brad Pitt. There are certainly worse combinations at the cineplex! It's not overly gruesome (only PG-13) and mostly keeps the thrills and chills coming. Not a bad choice for summertime fun... assuming zombies are your idea of fun.

CAUTIONS:

  • Drugs/Alcohol: Some drinking; what appears to be a robber in a pharmacy helps a character find prescription meds for a child with asthma.
  • Language/Profanity:  A few uses of as*, he**, cra*, sh**, and a couple of f-bombs.
  • Sex/Nudity: Some zombies are a bit unkempt, but no sex. One married couple shown sleeping in bed together, but nothing risqué.
  • Violent/Frightening/Intense: Those three words pretty much sum up eighty percent of the film. Countless people are bitten and torn apart by zombies, only to become zombies themselves and start the cycle all over again. Car wrecks, plane crashes (after a hole is blown in the side and people are sucked out), shooting, beating, stabbing, explosions, a hand is hacked off, bodies and parts of bodies flying about... and did I mention the zombies eating people? It’s an action movie, heavy on the action, and most of it pretty real looking.
  • Spiritual Themes: It's an apocalyptic scenario where the world as we know it comes crashing down and people behave according to their codes. Some rise to the occasion while others descend into depravity. It could lead to interesting "what would you do?" conversations. A lengthy scene takes place in Jerusalem, with an interesting perspective on why the (fictional) Israeli government acted as they did.

Publication date: June 21, 2013