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Ex-United Nations agent Brad Pitt and his family run for their lives as killer zombies overrun Philadelphia – and the world.

Pitt and his family are stuck in traffic when the epidemic strikes with stomach-lurching suddenness. Breaking from horror tradition, the zombies in this apocalyptic action film move at breakneck speed rather than the familiar living-dead shuffle.

But Pitt is no slouch, either, and he’s soon looking for answers to the plague. His frantic mission that takes him to South Korea, Jerusalem and – brace yourselves – Wales (look out for ex-Doctor Who Peter Capaldi, who coincidentally plays a World Health Organisation or WHO doctor!).

In terrifying scenes of chaos, the zombies surge through gridlocked city streets and a tide of them overwhelms Jerusalem.

The relentless pace means there’s little time for subtext and hard-core horror fans may bemoan the lack of gore and the departures from Max Brooks’ source novel, but as an end-of-the-world movie, this delivers pulse-pounding, heart-pumping excitement.