Cinema - No blood spilled but lots of thrills for Brad

Undated Film Still Handout from World War Z. Pictured: Brad Pitt. See PA Feature FILM Pitt. Picture credit should read: PA Photo/Paramount Pictures UK.  WARNING: This picture must only be used to accompany PA Feature FILM Pitt.
Undated Film Still Handout from World War Z. Pictured: Brad Pitt. See PA Feature FILM Pitt. Picture credit should read: PA Photo/Paramount Pictures UK. WARNING: This picture must only be used to accompany PA Feature FILM Pitt.

Brad Pitt’s post-apocalyptic zombie action horror, was delayed by six months to allow filmmakers to completely rewrite and reshoot the final showdown.

From this mire, director Marc Forster and three screenwriters have bolted together a compelling thriller that is not the catastrophe the gossip-mongers predicted – but also not as suspenseful as cast and crew would have wished.

Gerry Lane (Pitt) is a retired UN investigator and devoted famiy man who witnesses the spread of a disease that transforms people into merciless predators.

Gerry’s old boss, Thierry Umutoni (Fana Mokoena), asks Gerry to go behind enemy lines to discover the source of the outbreak.

‘World War Z’ boasts a cracking opening 60 minutes, directed at breakneck speed by Forster, who captures the pandemonium as the infected swarm like rabid animals. The momentum slows noticeably in the rewritten final act.

Pitt maintains beatific calm in the midst of all the thrills and spills – though not blood spills. The lack of gore ensure the film’s 15 certificate. Heaven forbid the leading man should risk being torn limb from gym-toned limb by the zombies.