Brad Pitt & David Morse in Paramount Pictures' 'World War Z'.
SPOILER ALERT: Minor spoilers within.
If you're looking for the best way to survive the zombie apocalypse, you may want to move to North Korea or Israel.
Pitt plays United Nations investigator Gerry Lane, a man of flowing locks and can-do skills who reluctantly heads off on a world-wide trek to discover the source (and hopefully the cure) of a pesky zombie outbreak that's turning the majority of the world's humans into shockingly strong and fleet-of-foot, man-eating, undead savages.
Early on we see that the devastation spreads quickly, as Gerry's hometown of Philadelphia gets overrun in about as much time as it takes to eat a cheese steak from Pat's (mmmm…). Fortunately for the good of humanity, Gerry and his family manage to escape, thanks to a timely UN airlift (though he still finds time to adopt an ethnically diverse child — seriously, we're not making this up.)
The UN isn't doling out charity, though, as Lane has been plucked from certain zombification to perform a task: Go to South Korea, the source of the outbreak, and find some answers. While we won't tell you all he finds out, you can see in our exclusive "World War Z" TV spot (shown below) that Gerry discovers that some people are indeed "surviving this."
We soon learn that the people surviving the zombie outbreak are the North Koreans and the Israelis, but for two totally different reasons.
Since the zombie disease is passed via biting, to prevent it from spreading, the North Korean leadership proactively removes every citizen's teeth. Not only does the method prove effective as far as zombie quarantining goes, it also greatly reduces the number of cavities per capita at the same time. Now that's government planning!
But if you prefer a less invasive action plan for keeping zombies at bay, the Israelis developed another means of survival: first response. The Israelis gathered early intel about zombie attacks. Instead of laughing hysterically about those reports while blaring the "Monster Mash," they began sealing off the country — a tactic that seems to pay off, for a while at least.
Ultimately though, the film portrays a global pandemic, and what touches one side of the planet must surely create an equal and opposite reaction on the other side. In other words, if Brad Pitt doesn't step up and save the day, we're all undead.
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