Next weekend sees Brad Pitt's zombie thriller World War Z finally arriving in theaters and with it comes the question all book-to-screen adaptations face: How true to the source material is it?
Our sister site Movies.com compared the differences between the book and the movie and found that ultimately, the changes were okay. You can read the full article here, but these are just a few of the highlights.
It's More War of the Worlds Than World War Z
Much like Tom Cruise's character in Steven Spielberg's War of the Worlds, World War Z finds Brad Pitt one step ahead of everyone around him. His foresight allows him and his family to escape tragedy while chaos breaks out around them.
Brad Pitt Is Part Researcher, Part Badass
The movie is rather vague in terms of defining Pitt's background. All we learn is that he used to be a field agent for the UN who is used to living in war zones. Because he's "part researcher, part badass," his old boss at the UN enlists him to escort their virologist on an expedition around the world to trace the outbreak's origin.
It's Not for Hard-core Horror Fans
Zombie movies in general tend to lend themselves to hard-core horror flicks, but this movie plays up the action and suspense elements rather than the horror and gore. "It's not one for hard-core horror fans, but it is one for those who want to spend a few hours this summer in an AC-cooled theater."
Find out the other ways the movie is different from the book over on Movies.com.
World War Z arrives in theaters June 21.
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