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World War Z Family Movie Review

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movie review rating guide for parents and families

MPAA Rating

for intense frightening zombie sequences, violence and disturbing images

Drama, Action & Adventure, Horror, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Comedy

Marc Forster

Brad Pitt, Mireille Enos, Anthony Mackie, James Badge Dale

Paramount Pictures

Release Date/In Theaters

World War Z Movie Review for Parents

-by Ginger

            The summer of 2013 seems like it is the summer of sci-fi and here comes one more for fandom. World War Z. This movie will have you asking if you think that you could survive a zombie attack. Gerry Lane is in a race against time to stop the zombie pandemic that threatens humanity. This movie is fun, but may not be the perfect family movie for the little ones.

            This movie is unlike many zombie movies that focus on the blood, guts, and gore. It has a few scenes that involve bloody zombie attacks, but this movie is more about the collapse of society than individual zombie attacks. This movie is filmed more like a war movie than a sci-fi zombie movie, making the scenes very intense. Even director, Marc Forster said that this movie might be too intense for kids because of the realism of the violence. The film is intensely emotional as the family faces the destruction of society together.

            There are many scenes of mass destruction, gunfire, a frightening prison scene in the Middle East and a scene where the back end of an airplane is blown out. People are being sucked out of the hole. People meet their demise in mass in this movie. It gives the audience the feeling that eventually they will just be one of the thousands that have already met with their destruction. Unlike many zombie movies, this one has more of a psychological element, as humanity must race to stop the pandemic that will eventually take everyone. The main character must leave his family to travel the world in an attempt to stop the attack.

            This was a disturbing movie on many levels, more so than the hokey hillbilly brain-eating zombies that have graced the screen for several years. These zombies are realistic. The movie was rated PG-13 due to the intensity of the violence in the movie. Many of people are caught in everyday scenes when a horde of zombies suddenly appears and bites people. Both zombies and humans suffer many forms of extreme violence. This is a war movie and there are a few well-placed expletives sprinkled throughout. This movie is not appropriate at all for children under the age of 10. It should be viewed with caution concerning anyone under the age of 13. The intensity and scale of the violence is the main reason for this Parental Guide to the movies word of caution.


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