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Bettie's Box Office: World War Z Review

Updated: Friday, June 21 2013, 09:10 PM CDT

Finally. Speedy zombies.

That's about the only new thing that Brad Pitt brings to the genre in World War Z, a big-budget spectacle that I really wanted to like -- or fear. Unfortunately, I didn't do either.

For a closer look at World War Z:

Pitt plays Gerry Lane, a retired investigator with the United Nations who gets called back into action after a zombie pandemic spreads across the globe. These zombies can really run, and after they sink their gnashing teeth into you, you have about 12 seconds until you join their ranks. They swarm like insects and (somehow) cause giant explosions. Lane fights to save his family and then goes on a one-man mission to save the world by finding the zombies' weak spot.

The undead have almost as much character development as the primary cast. While the entire world is going to hell, you don't see any story line beyond Lane's. You don't get any idea why he is so uniquely qualified for the task. His wife and daughters do little more than scream and cower. Even the chance for an interesting relationship between Lane and a female Israeli soldier gets squandered.

Pitt's production company is behind the movie and that's why he's been so personally involved in promoting it, including his surprise late-night visit to an Austin screening. Pitt says he made the movie for his 9 and 11 year old boys (who are technically too young to see it). I hope they like it more than I did.

World War Z is in theaters now and is rated PG-13.

By Bettie CrossBettie's Box Office: World War Z Review

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