World War Z

Question: On the plane, as Gerry is wrapping her stump and right after he admits he hadn't known cutting her hand off would work, Segen says something quietly, then adds "Now I'm just a liability." What does she say right before "Now I'm just a liability"? I can't hear what she says (it might not be English) and it's not in the closed captioning or in any transcript I've been able to find online.

Aerinah

Question: Who is the communications operator that says "DC has gone dark?"

Question: What is the police's recommendation to the civilians and what is Gerry's?

Question: Who can actually enter the wall in Jerusalem? Is it all the civilians or not?

Question: What is Jurgen Warmbrunn's theory about zombies?

Question: What does Gerry find in Korea, and how do they get back to the plane to go to Jerusalem?

Question: Why did Thomas go with Gerry's family? Why didn't he stay with his own family?

Question: What is Dr. Andrew Fassbach's theory about zombies and mother nature?

Question: When Gerry and Segen are making their way to the airport, the helicopter they're supposed to take gets blown up. So they're without transportation. Yet suddenly, 20 seconds later, they're running onto the runway, boarding the Belarus plane. How did they get to the airport?

Answer: The likely answer is that they ran to the airport. Their journey to the airport was simply cut to save time and keep the movie going.

Casual Person

Question: About the world health organization in Cardiff, what does Gerry want? Why does he think this will work? What does he want to do with it? How does he test his theory? This part of the movie was a little bit confusing to me.

Answer: Gerry gets an idea on the plane: he has noticed the zombies ignore some people, and realises this could be because they somehow sense those people have a life-threatening disease or infection and thus are not ideal carriers of the zombie plague. So, maybe such diseases can be used as camouflage (as long as they're treatable): if you infect someone and then give them the cure, they will live but will still have the disease in their blood, meaning (hopefully) that the zombies won't attack them. This doesn't cure or kill the zombies, but it will "hide" people from them if it works, keeping people safe and giving them time to deal with the zombies some other way. He realises he needs to find a place where deadly diseases are studied (and therefore where there will be live samples of the diseases), so he calls Thierry and has him find the closest such place that the plane can get to. This is the WHO lab in Cardiff. As he explains to the scientists there, he wants to get some of their deadliest disease samples from the vault, infect someone with one of them, and then expose them to a zombie to see if the "camouflage" works. He gets trapped in the vault, though (by the zombie who will kill him as soon as he opens the door), so he has no choice but to infect himself and hope his idea works. He injects himself with some disease (we don't know which), waits a while for it to spread throughout his bloodstream, and then exits the vault. And it works: all the zombies ignore him because they can now sense he has a deadly disease and is no longer a good host for spreading the zombie plague. When he gets back to the others they inject him with the cure...but the disease is still in his bloodstream so he will remain "invisible" to the zombies.

Aerinah

Question: Is there any underlying significance to when they show zombie blood gets in Gerry's mouth, but he does not turn into a zombie?

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Chosen answer: The significance of showing the blood drop on Gerry's tongue and him spitting it out was to back up the theory that the only way to become a zombie is to be bitten by one. After the blood touched his tongue he ran to the edge of the building and waited 12 seconds (the time it takes to become a zombie) before he stepped off the ledge. If he would have started to change he was going to attempt to jump off the roof before causing harm to his family.

Question: Jerusalem is shown to be completely surrounded by hordes of zombies. Yet it's shown that a few parts are letting people in. Vehicles, buses, many people. How are these people getting in with the sheer mass of zombies at every corner of the wall?

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Chosen answer: They're coming in through an area completely covered by chain link fence.

Question: After escaping South Korea, Gerry calls his wife. But the call is interrupted with a sudden huge explosion nearby, cutting off the signal. Is this explosion supposed to signify the base they were just at or something, or just a random explosion in the world below?

Chosen answer: The explosion is supposed to be somewhere else as the plane is already underway when he calls. Also, the explosion is not that random as it's a nuclear blast (from accidental explosion or maybe an attack), meaning most likely not the base, as there were no nuclear weapons there, nor any reason to attack it.

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Factual error: An An-12, the aircraft the main character uses to fly all over the world, has a maximum range of about 3,500 miles. Hardly enough to fly from the US to South Korea or from South Korea to Israel. The An-12 also miraculously transforms into a C-130 in a couple of filler scenes. And why is this ex-Soviet aircraft marked in USAF markings, assigned to McGuire AFB?

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Andrew Fassbach: Mother Nature is a serial killer. She wants to get caught, she leaves bread crumbs, she leaves clues... Mother nature knows how to disguise her weakness as strength.

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Trivia: Peter Capaldi, the new Doctor Who for 2014, is listed in the credits as W.H.O. Doctor. Just a fun coincidence, as the roles are too far apart to have been planned, but worth a look.

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