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12 FILM Issue 52 / 2013 World War Z Director Marc Foster proves to not only to be the best at making Bond films but fast sprinting zombie's in a world apocalypse too. June 21st You can't help but feel for Quantum of Solace director Marc Forster. After all, one of the reasons last year's Skyfall found such acclaim was for freeing the rebooted Bond franchise from the artistic cul-de-sac his own contribution had backed the series into. But Bond is tricky, bearing a need for both reinvigoration and reflection on its own iconography. Zombie films, however, carry a far more 'A to B' approach, and Forster gleefully takes us all the way to Z with this apocalyptic blockbuster. World War Z's pulpy title and plot – UN investigator Gerry Lane (Brad Pitt) sets out across our zombie-addled Earth to find patient zero – may appear as a warning sign to some. But the presence of Pitt does go some way towards glossing over any gaps in credibility. While he is in no danger of stretching himself as affable family man Lane, Pitt remains watchable throughout – no small feat considering the hollow characterisation on show. You may be wondering what exactly is the point of a $200 million zombie movie when all the classics of the genre have been made on a shoestring budget. Reports of the film's troubled production have hinted at the globetrotting nature of the script to have racked up a few bills, but to be fair, this is the film's trump card. Never has a zombie apocalypse been viewed with such scope, with trips to South Korea, Jerusalem and Wales aiding Forster in establishing the devastation on a global level. The money certainly wasn't spent on offal. Gunning for a PG13 rating in the U.S., Forster eschews gore in favour of fast cuts. In this sense, World War Z doesn't really feel like a zombie film. That is until a tense showdown in a laboratory in Cardiff (Yes, really!) adds a claustrophobic twist to proceedings. Keeping its lofty ambitions (and budget) in mind, it's tempting to add a few more Z's to the end of the film's title, but in reality, Forster's bold addition to the zombie genre regularly impresses.

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