At one point, if press reports are to be believed, "World War Z" was supposed to have a sociopolitical subtext. That is largely gone, but what remains is a film smartly enough made to help us understand why so many are so fixated on the undead.

In a world where we all feel more threatened than we ever have by myriad forces beyond our control, from global warming to spying governments, it is comforting perhaps to see the personification of these fears in creatures that also cannot be stopped. Unless Brad Pitt gets in the way.

kenneth.turan@latimes.com

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'World War Z

MPAA rating: PG-13 for intense, frightening zombie sequences, violence and disturbing images

Running time: 1 hour, 50 minutes

Playing: In general release