Movie review: 'World War Z'

The fast-paced, tense and horrifying ‘World War Z' is not for those prone to nightmares.
BY SANDI DAVIS Modified: June 20, 2013 at 3:25 pm •  Published: June 21, 2013

Lane gets more clues here and sees the total havoc the undead can do when there are tens of thousands of them on one side and prey on the other.

“World War Z” is scary on many levels. First, the rundown of how fast societies can collapse is probably accurate, as well as how people will behave when they are frightened for their own survival. The trip up a New Jersey apartment stairwell is scary enough to make you glad you've got someone to grab sitting by you in the theater, and the mindless faces with opaque eyes and snapping jaws are simply unnerving.

As more and more zombies appear, their attacks are some of the scariest ever filmed. These are not your slow, shambling, drooling zombies, these creatures are fast, vicious and brutal.

They provide Lane with nightmares every time he closes his eyes.

The pitched attacks where zombies throw themselves at walls or buildings, becoming a mass of mindless, crawling things determined to get to the top of, or through, any obstacle are truly frightening and may cause you some nightmares too.

Pitt carries this movie easily. He becomes whatever the job takes, from loving daddy to ruthless soldier who attempts to save another soldier's life when she is bitten saving him from a zombie attack. While he is the lone big name, he has surrounded himself with fine actors in all roles.

The plot ticks along like a bomb on a timer, keeping you wondering when the next attack will come or if the humans have any chance of getting out unharmed.

It's a top-notch action movie for families with older children. It may be too intense for younger children or those who are prone to dream about scary movies.

It's not often a summer blockbuster delivers more than just action, but this one has a gripping story and a new take on an old subject.

“World War Z” succeeds on all fronts.

Take a look around the theater when you're there to see this. There's a good chance I'll be there, seeing this one again.

— Sandi Davis