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WORLD WAR Z <span>[2D]</span> artwork


Type of media Film

Approved Running time 115m 50s

BBFCInsight Contains sustained threat and strong violence

Genre(s) Action, Drama, Horror

Director(s) Marc Forster

Cast includes Brad Pitt, Mireille Enos, David Morse, Matthew Fox, James Badge Dale

Cut This work was passed uncut.

BBFCinsight publication date 05/06/2013

Note: The following text may contain spoilers

WORLD WAR Z is a action horror drama about a man's attempts to stop a zombie pandemic that is sweeping the world. The film is rated 15 for sustained threat and strong violence.

There is sustained threat throughout the film, with swathes of fast-moving zombies attacking from the very beginning. Zombies fly at humans and attack, almost immediately transforming those bitten into fellow zombies, with some close-ups on their glassy eyes and on black veins spreading across their faces. Most of the threat occurs in large-scale set-pieces, with hordes and hordes of swarming zombies overrunning streets and vehicles, but there are some more close-up attacks in which individual humans are targeted and transformed. At one point, the zombie infection spreads through an airborne plane, when a zombie emerges from a cupboard. There is panic aboard, as the passengers rapidly transform and start to attack each other. Another strong scene takes place in a laboratory, when the film's heroes attempt to sneak past a group of zombies. They make a noise and the zombies attack, chasing after them, snarling.

Most of the violence takes place off-screen and the film contains very little blood. However, some scenes leave a strong impression, including one in which the main character hacks a female soldier's hand off in order to stop the zombie disease spreading through her body and infecting her. In another scene, the main character attacks a zombie with a crowbar, bringing the weapon down onto its body with some heavy blows. The crowbar sticks in the creature's body and the man struggles to release it. Although the blows and the damage they cause are not seen, the violence creates a strong impression.

The film also contains some moderate bad language, including uses of 'bitch' and 'prick'.

No-one younger than 15 may see a 15 rated film in the cinema. No-one younger than 15 may rent or buy a 15 rated video or DVD.


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Paramount Pictures UK
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