The film is adapted from Max Brooks’s novel, and Pitt stars as a UN investigator on a global mission to find patient zero in a zombie epidemic. That eye-popping budget buys some mindblowing scenes, but $200 million should have stretched to a third act that doesn’t look like something you’d watch on BBC4 in the wee hours. And by the end, the pulse of ‘World War Z’ is pretty weak.
The ten most extreme movie dads
Think your dad's a bit OTT? Just be thankful he's not one of these guys
The arrival in cinemas of ‘World War Z’ (June 21) – not to mention Father’s Day (June 16) – got us thinking about memorable movie dads. In ‘World War Z’, Brad Pitt is fatherhood incarnate, tackling a zombie uprising while defending his family. But what about those dads whose path isn’t quite so righteous? The guys who try their best under difficult circumstances, however extreme and wrongheaded their behaviour might seem. They deserve to be celebrated too! So here goes…