Brad Pitt Has the #2 Movie on Netflix and ‘Last of Us’ Fans Are Gonna Love It

Still from 'World War Z.'
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We've seen a big trend of apocalyptic media recently, but perhaps the most headline-grabbing has been HBO's The Last of Us. This drama series starring Pedro Pascal and Bella Ramsey just aired its season one finale last night (at the same time as the Oscars, we might add) and while the show has already been renewed for a second season, fans are likely itching for more end-of-the-world, zombie-filled content. This could be the reason that World War Z is now trending on Netflix.

The 2013 action horror film starring Brad Pitt has flown into the number-two spot on Netflix's list of most-watched movies, where it has risen above all four of the Hunger Games films, as well as other popular titles on the streamer.

Based on the 2006 novel of the same name by Max Brooks, World War Z tells the story of a group of people who have to live in a world that has been afflicted by a zombie plague. While the book follows the narratives of many different people, the 2013 film focuses on Gerry (Pitt), a former United Nations investigator who struggles to protect his family, including his wife and their two daughters. (Sound familiar?)

Along with Pitt, World War Z stars Mireille Enos (The Killing), James Badge Dale (The Pacific), Matthew Fox (Lost), Fana Mokoena (Safe House), David Morse (St. Elsewhere), Elyes Gabel (Game of Thrones) and more.

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World War Z was directed by Marc Forster, who has directed such hits as Monster's Ball, Stranger Than Fiction, Finding Neverland and Christopher Robin.

At the time of its release, the film grossed over $500 million at the box office, and received generally positive reviews from critics, scoring a 66% on Rotten Tomatoes.

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We're still anxious for season 2 of The Last of Us, but we know what apocalyptic movie we'll be turning to in the meantime.


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