World War Z is something of an anomaly. For starters, it’s a zombie movie rated PG-13, which means no blood, gore or foul language. Secondly, it stars Brad Pitt, from the top of the A-list. Then, it’s directed by Mark Forster, known for dramas like Monster’s Ball, the heartbreaking Finding Neverland, the offbeat comedy Stranger Than Fiction, and the worst James Bond movie of recent memory (Quantum of Solace). It’s extremely loosely based on the otherwise unfilmable book by Max Brooks (son of film-comedy genius Mel Brooks), and had more behind-the-scenes troubles than I could even relate here, involving reshoots, rewrites, and an ever-inflating budget.
All of that is superficial, however, because where World War Z really stands out is its scope. Continue reading