World War Z: Trailer

11 Nov

For the last two weeks, I’ve been reading World War Z every night before bed. Perhaps not the best tactic for falling asleep, but it’s been an enjoyable and interesting read. Unlike other zombie books and movies, World War Z has a global perspective and it’s composed of first person accounts about how the zombie pandemic started and spread around the world. The protagonist is Brooks – an agent of the United Nation Post War Commission who’s documenting people’s stories.

I’ve been looking forward to the movie adaptation for months, but once I started reading the novel I wasn’t too sure how it would translate to film. How would the director include all the characters, deal with individual accounts and film the movie in so many locations?

Well last week, the first trailer for World War Z was released and I have to say… it doesn’t thrill me (see below).

With adaptations there’s going to be some changes, but it looks like the production company and screenwriters took creative liberties with every aspect of WWZ.

The most notable – central character Brooks has become UN worker, Gerry Lane (Brad Pitt) – a man who’s trying to save his family during the zombie outbreak. Ugh!! If the characters and perspective have changed, why even bother calling the movie World War Z?

Another issue I have with the trailer is the laughable zombie horde. I curse how lazy studios and directors have become with the invention of CGI. Zombies need to be scary and I think the special effects completely miss the mark. The right tone for WWZ should be achieved with great make-up, puppets and animatronics.

Now that I’ve ranted, how do you feel about the World War Z trailer?

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3 Responses to “World War Z: Trailer”

  1. rahulrana November 11, 2012 at 7:07 pm #

    Reblogged this on Awe $ Tuffs.

  2. JB November 11, 2012 at 7:42 pm #

    I totally agree. I haven’t read the book (but I intend to soon) but the number one complaint amongst fans of the book (and there are many!) is that the movie doesn’t look even slightly like it.

    My other thoughts:
    1) Is this a PG-13 movie? ‘Cause that trailer feels PG-13 to me. Like they’re trying to make a ‘family friendly’ zombie movie… which is ridiculous and totally pisses me off.
    2) The “family” aspect has me rolling my eyes… I already feel myself getting annoyed with the wife and kids
    3) Since when is this story a one-man-save-the-world story? Getting from what you said – it’s not.
    4) I could not agree more about the zombies and the CGI! I kept thinking watching the trailer that there must be more behind-the-scenes drama in the post-production phase because why are we not seeing any zombie details?

    Overall, I think this is one of those movies that had the potential to be so great that I am going to be so incredibly disappointed.

    • calmiron November 11, 2012 at 8:31 pm #

      It urks me that this movie is even called World War Z. The plot is such a huge departure from the book, why not just create a similar zombie story?

      I’m pretty sure it’s PG-13 (eye-roll). Movies cannot appeal to everyone. Can you imagine Rob Zombie making a PG-13 movie in an effort to make more money.

      WWZ is already a fail in my eyes.

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