“The story revolves around United Nations employee Gerry Lane (Pitt), who traverses the world in a race against time to stop the zombie pandemic that is toppling armies and governments and threatening to decimate humanity itself. Mireille Enos plays Gerry’s wife Karen Lane; Daniella Kertesz is his comrade in arms, Segen.” (source: Paramount via collider.com)
It’s highly doubtful that any of us really give much thanks on a day to day basis to Igor Sikorsky, widely regarded as the “father” of the helicopter after he came up with the first successful working helicopter.
But I have a feeling that would change fast if we, like Brad Pitt’s character in World War Z, Gerry Lane, were in the situation where it was the only thing standing between us and zombiefication or gruesome dismemberment at the hands of a member of the fast-moving undead horde.
At that point, in addition to first and foremost running like a man possessed to the safety of the hovering beast, you would be uttering effusive, sweaty thanks to any and all gods in every language you could think of to Sikorsky and those that came before him, that helicopters existed and could spirit you away from the chaotic apocalyptic melee growing by leaps and bounds around you.
While I can’t say with any assurance that Gerry Lane was thanking the flying gods as he sprinted across the rooftop to safety, the helicopter in this heart-in-mouth adrenaline-pumping clip from World War Z is the only way he and his family stand any chance of surviving the fast-unfurling apocalypse, and you feel every last drop of their panicked desperation as they close the gap between the door heaving with incoming zombies, and the waiting chopper.
If this is any indication of the heart-pounding action that awaits when I see the movie in just over 24 hours, World War Z will be one hell of an action movie.
Excuse me now while I unpick my fingernails out of my chair’s armrests …
And here’s a TV spot that brings it all together in a tense 30 second nail-biting, blanket-covering bundle of energy …