|Marc Forster Director||previously directed Machine Gun Preacher|
A retired UN agent must travel around the globe searching for some sort of vaccine for the zombie virus that has brought the entire world into chaos.
|J. Michael Straczynski||Scrrenplay|
|Matthew Michael Carnahan||Screenplay|
|Max Brooks||Based on a novel by|
|Brad Pitt||Gerry Lane|
|Mireille Enos||Karen Lane|
|Fana Mokoena||Thierry Umutoni|
|James Badge Dale||Captain Speke|
|David Morse||Gunter Haffner|
|David Andrews||Navy Captain Mullenaro|
|Elyes Gabel||Andrew Fassbach|
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A 2013 film based on the Max Brooks novel of the same name. While the novel tells a series of short stories about a world war against a zombie outbreak the film is to believed to tell one linear story about a families trials to survive throw the same war. The film has been delayed a few times during production which has lead to several script revisions and re-shoots. The film stars Brad Pitt and is directed by Marc Forster.
Gerry Lane is a former UN investigator, whom has given up his dangerous job to be a stay-at-home-dad. As he is driving with his wife, Karen, and daughters, Rachel and Connie, they are caught in a traffic jam. Soon, however, it becomes clear that something is wrong as police motorcycles being to cut between cars, Soon, there is an explosion, and a runaway garbage truck plows through the traffic jam. Gerry drives behind the truck to get clear of the traffic jam as panic breaks out around them. They get into a wreck, and flee on foot. Gerry sees what is causing the panic: a mob of people are running down whoever they can, biting them and moving on. Gerry witnesses a man being bit, and within 15 seconds, the bitten man turns into one of the creatures and beings to attack others. Gerry gets his family into an nearby RV, and they flee Philadelphia.
As they drive away, Gerry gets a call from his former employer: Gerry is promised an helicopter evac if he can hold out long enough. They arrive in Newark, New Jersey, where they join a mob in looting a store for food and medicine for asthmatic Rachel. They flee into an apartment complex as more of the creatures appear. In the apartments, they are taken in by young Tommy and his parents. There, they hear an EBS message saying that the public should stay indoors, and that the virus is moving swiftly through New Jersey . From his own experiences, Gerry believes that the best bet of survival is to keep moving. While he can't convince the family to come with them, he and his family leave, hoping for helicopter extraction on the roof. Gerry stays back to cover his family, where he is mobbed by the creatures, until he is saved by Tommy, who shoots one of the zombies off of him. In the fight, Gerry gets some of the creature's body fluids in his mouth. He follows his family to the roof, but fearing he is going to turn, he stands on the ledge of the building. However, he remains human. The helicopter arrives, and Gerry, his family, and Tommy escape.
They are taken to an aircraft carrier, which has become a makeshift refugee camp. Once his family is settled in, Gerry goes with his friend and UN Under-Secretary , Thierry Umutoni, to find out what is going on. They arrive on a deck of the ship that has become a commander center. From what he overhears, it is clear that the situation is clearly out of hand, with cities being overrun and military units unable to stem the tide of creatures. Gerry is asked to assist Dr. Andrew Fassbach, a virologist that believes that if he can find the source of the plague, he can create a vaccine and stop it. Gerry refuses, but is forced into the choice when he is told that, given the number of refugees, there is no room of non-essential personnel or their families on the ship.
Gerry, Fassbach, and an escorting team of Navy SEALs travel to Camp Humphreys in South Korea, which is the source of the initial report of "zombies." Even the camp is dark, the transport is out of fuel, and must land. Upon arrival, they are attacked by zombies suddenly appearing out of the darkness. Most of the SEALs are killed, and in a panic, Fassbach slips on the wet ramp, and accidentally shoots himself in the head. At team of soldiers who have survived at the base arrive and put down the rest of the zombies. The survivors show Gerry what prompted them to send the "zombie" report: The base doctor had been bitten by a supposedly dead AWOL soldier, and had attacked his patients, the only survivor being a man with a bad leg, who is considered lucky. They also say that it took five or 10 minutes for the people to turn, rather than the seconds Gerry witnessed in Philly and Newark.
As he tours the base, Gerry finds a CIA agent, who had been caught seeing guns to North Korea, imprisoned in the base. The CIA man seems to know more about what is going on than anyone Gerry has meet before, including that Israel knew the plague was coming, and had sealed their borders days before the outbreak. He tells Gerry to find Jurgen Warmbrunn, a Mossad agent, in Jerusalem for answers. The base soldiers and the surviving members of Gerry's team try to sneak back onto the plan to fuel it, but draw the attention of the zombies. They manage to take off, but only with Gerry and the pilot leave, as the base soldiers opt to stay, and the final SEAL sacrifices himself to detach the fuel line so the plane can take off.
They arrive in Jerusalem, and are allowed to land only because they know the name Jurgen Warmbrunn. Gerry finds Warmbrunn. Warmbrunn tells Gerry that Israel had intercepted a communique from an Indian General saying that they were fighting "rakshasa", an Indian creature similar to zombies, and that when he dug into it, Warmbrunn discovered the truth about the plague, and the Israelis fortified Jersusalem. Gerry asks if Patient Zero is from India, but Warmbrunn refuses to give him answers, saying that India is a "black hole".
While touring the city, Gerry witnesses the the wall being breached by a mass of zombies who crest the wall like a wave. Warmbrunn is lost, but of group of Israeli soldiers keep Gerry alive. As they fight their way through the city. Gerry witnesses several cases of zombies totally ignoring a blind old man, and a sickly young man even though they are in plan sight. One of the soldier's escorting Gerry, named Segen, is bitten on the arm, but Gerry amputates the arm with a machete, which keeps her from turning. The transport Gerry arrived on leaves, but Gerry and Segen manage to board a civilian jetliner which takes off just before the runaway is overrun by zombies.
As Gerry changes Segen's wounds, she laments that she is only a liability. However, that triggers a thought for Gerry: there is evidence of the creatures ignoring people with chronic conditions: the soldier in Korea with the bad leg, and a blind man and a mute in Jerusalem. Gerry uses the last battery on his satellite phone to find the nearest World Health Organization medical center, the jet sets course for Wales.
While they are landing, a flight attendant accidentally unleashes a zombie that had been in the cargo hold. The plan is quickly, forcing Gerry and Segen to use a grenade. The blast kills many zombies, and the rest are sucked out, but the plane crashes. Only Gerry and Segen survive the crash. Gerry and Segen are forced to walk to the W.H.O. research facility, when they arrive, Gerry blacks out from his injuries. Back on the aircraft carrier, with Gerry presumed dead, his family no longer has essential status, and are relocated to a land-based "safe zone" in Nova Scotia.
When Gerry comes to, he convinces the surviving doctors there of his theory: that the zombies will only target healthy hosts, and that a person infected with a terminal disease would effectively be invisible. However, to prove his theory, he needs access to such a disease, but all of them are stored in a portion of the facility that is overrun. Gerry, Segen, and one of the doctors, Javi, venture into the overrun wing. However, despite their best efforts, they are noticed by the zombies, and Gerry leads the horde away while Segen escorts JAvi to the vault with the diseases. However, there are too many zombies, and Segen and Javi are forced to retreat back to the secure area of the building. However, Gerry manages to double back and reach the vault. As he is collecting diseases, a zombie blocks his exit. With no other recourse, he injects himself with a disease. His theory proves correct, and he is able to walk through horde unmolested.
With his discovery, Gerry returns home, meeting his family in the Nova Scotia safe zone. The World Health Organization creates a "camouflage" vaccine, and begins to distribute it worldwide, allowing refugees to cross infected areas and soldiers to fight the zombies. With the vaccine, mankind takes it's first steps in turning the tide against the zombies. Gerry says in a voice-over: "This isn't the end. Not even close. Our war has just begun."
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