'World War Z'

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'World War Z'

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World War Z is a slick and fast-paced end-of-the-world thriller with an international cast and global settings ... and ... zombies!

The world is suddenly and inexplicably engulfed in a fast-moving virus that turns the infected into flesh-eating zombies. Gerry Lane (Brad Pitt) is a former UN employee whose family is whisked to safety thanks to a friendly Deputy Secretary General (Fana Mokoena), in a heart-pounding sequence of events that opens the film. The family is caught in traffic when the virus hits Philadelphia, the frenetic filming captures the chaos in the streets, people die and reanimate in seconds!

Gerry Lane's expertise as an investigator puts him on a global mission to find the cause and a possible cure before all of humanity is contaminated in just a matter of days. A stressful and time-constrained journey to South Korea and Jerusalem and Wales follows, with the magnificent set piece of the infected scaling the walls in Israel as one of the movie's standout and frighteningly exciting moments.

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Max Brooks released the novel World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War in 2006 to popular and critical praise. Multiple rewrites and production delays has resulted in an apocalyptic horror story different from its source yet equally enthralling and worthy of any cineaste who has enjoyed the works of George A. Romero (Night of the Living Dead) or Danny Boyle's 28 Days Later.

The novel is available in most DC Libraries or you may download as an electronic audio book or e-book.

You can watch it Tuesday, Sept. 17 at 6 p.m. in auditorium A-5, in our Pop Movies, Every Tuesday series.
-- Turner Freeman, Librarian